11 Nov 14


Gibraltar Tourist Board (GTB) completed another successful participation at last
week’s World Travel Market (WTM), one of the leading international travel trade fairs
held in London every year.
Along with the launch of the GTB’s new corporate image, the highlight of the event
was the announcement by Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport
and the Port, Neil Costa MP, that EasyJet, the UK’s largest airline would establish air
links to Bristol in the south-west of the country, as from summer 2015. The airline
which already has a scheduled service from London Gatwick to Gibraltar will make its
inaugural Bristol-Gibraltar flight on April 19 2015.
Minister Costa said: “This route is yet another testament to this Government’s
unstinting efforts to increase air connectivity to the Rock. We have worked very hard
to secure this link and deliver yet more opportunities to our tourism, leisure and
hospitality industry and open up more options for business and leisure travellers from
Gibraltar and the UK. ”
The Minister also reported progress in discussions with tourism industry stakeholders
and partners in UK on a number of different projects and expressed satisfaction that
the UK Gibraltar Tourism Association was conducting sterling work to consolidate last
year’s positive trends in tourism. Once again the entities represented at the meeting
of the Association all reported increases in business to Gibraltar.
He said the Government would continue investing in the product and in marketing the
varied initiatives that make up the thriving event-led tourism strategy.
Minister Costa also welcomed the encouraging feedback from aviation and other
industry executives in terms of Gibraltar’s strong performance and sustained
increases in tourist activity to the Rock.
Minister Costa said: “Our participation at the World Travel Market has served to
strengthen Gibraltar’s profile as the leading short break destination in the
Mediterranean. Our tourism partners have once again enthusiastically participated in
showcasing Gibraltar’s attractions to the global market. Our overriding aim is to
ensure the expansion of our tourist industry by attracting more and more visitors to
the Rock every year and we will continue to work hard to reach all our objectives in
this vital area for Gibraltar’s sustained economic prosperity.”
Minister Costa was accompanied by Gibraltar Tourist Board CEO Nicky Guerrero and
a contingent of the local press.