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Sunday, 1 March 2015

International Tourism rose 32% in Birmingham


By E Birmingham
Published on 1 Mar 2015

International Tourism rose 32% in Birmingham

International tourist numbers in Birmingham alone rose by 32% last year helping to swell the city's economy by £5bn.

Today delegates from India, a country considered key to this success, were in the city as part of a campaign to attract even more tourists to the whole of our region.

Paul Kehoe, Chief Executive of Birmingham Airport, said:

“By playing host to important tourism delegations from across the globe in the coming weeks, we are opening up the region to a whole new visitor base, further increasing our international appeal.

“2015 is already shaping up to be another great year for the Airport, with record passenger numbers in January adding to the launch of Icelandair’s new service between Reykjavik and Birmingham. We look forward to welcoming more visitors to the area this year than ever before.”

This month also sees Birmingham host a number of Australian travel consultants to promote the region’s leisure tourism offer ahead of two major international sporting events involving Australia in 2015. In July, Edgbaston Stadium welcomes the third Ashes Test Match, while Villa Park – home of Aston Villa Football Club – stages the Rugby World Cup fixture between Australia and Uruguay in September.

Birmingham will welcome 10 of Germany’s leading conference and events organisers at the end of February to highlight its business tourism credentials. In association with VisitEngland, the delegation – from eight German cities which fly directly into Birmingham Airport – will visit venues including Hilton Garden Inn, Aston Villa, Birmingham Hippodrome and Hotel du vin.

The city will also have a presence at this year’s Best of Britain and Ireland (BoBI) exhibition at the NEC on 11th and 12th March, showcasing its offer to 3,000 targeted decision makers from the UK’s tourism sector.

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Marketing Birmingham, which operates the leisure and business tourism programmes Visit and Meet Birmingham, said:

“The success of the Christmas Markets programme not only rounds off an exceptional year for Birmingham’s visitor economy, but provides a ripple effect for continued success throughout the wider region in 2015.

“Birmingham is proudly welcoming the world in 2015, with international sporting events such as the Ashes and Rugby World Cup. We are committed to raising the region’s profile across wider international markets.

“This year will be one of Birmingham’s busiest, with major attractions and institutions such as Cadbury World, Birmingham Cathedral and Birmingham Royal Ballet all celebrating key anniversaries as well as the arrival of new retail and leisure offerings including Resorts World and Grand Central. We have more to offer visitors than ever, and we anticipate record-breaking numbers of both domestic and international tourists in the region right across 2015.”

27th February 2015

Birmingham Airport BHX Air India Delhi Amritsar flights

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Exclusive interview with Paul Kehoe the CEO of Birmingham Airport (BHX)


Paul Kehoe CEO of Birmingham Airport from AirTeamImages on Vimeo.

Exclusive interview with Paul Kehoe the CEO of Birmingham Airport (BHX) as he looks back at the past 12 month's events at the airport and then looking forward to the exciting 2015 with further new services and we get his views on the UK airport Sir Howard Davies report proposals for additional runway capacity at both Gatwick (LGW) and Heathrow (LHR)  airports and how this could affect Birmingham and other UK airports.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Birmingham Airport Hello World Branding


Birmingham Airport have redesigned their website to better highlight its ‘Hello World’ brand which launched five years ago.

Beth Gawthorpe, marketing manager at Birmingham Airport, explained responsiveness has also been key as traffic to the site from mobile devices has grown to 60 per cent since 2010.

“The previous website was not designed for mobile platforms so the trigger point to develop a new website was due to customers not having an optimum experience on their mobiles and tablets,” Gawthorpe added that the next phase of will see the development of a mobile app and wayfinding service.  “That will enable a seamless digital journey from researching and booking on the website to physically arriving and departing through the airport itself,” she said.

#animation #bhx #helloworld #birminghamairport say "hello even more world" "hello china"

Icelandair Inaugural Reykjavik Flight Ceremony


By Birmingham Airport
Published on 10 Feb 2015


Icelandair Inaugural Birmingham Service from AirTeamImages on Vimeo.

Icelandair Inaugural Reykjavik Flight Arrives at Birmingham Airport
05 February 2015

Icelandair's first scheduled service between Birmingham and Reykjavik has lift off, as passengers were treated to an experience on board the new “Aurora plane”.

The “Aurora plane” is a special themed Boeing 757 that is decorated with the Northern Lights both on external livery and in internal cabin fixtures and lighting, providing a unique experience for passengers.

Birmingham is Icelandair’s 5th gateway in the UK and 39th overall. The new flights operate twice weekly, on Thursdays and Mondays, starting from today the 5th of February 2015.

Birkir Hólm Guðnason Icelandair, CEO said: “Icelandair looks forward to be offering a refreshing and valuable travel experience to and from the West Midlands. Icelandair has been flying for 70 years to the UK and we hope people from the Midlands will like the service we have to offer. Birmingham and its neighbouring cities are predicted to grow substantially and we are pleased to be taking part in and supporting that growth as of today.

“We were delighted to be able to mark the beginning of our new service from Birmingham airport by giving passengers the chance to fly on our new Aurora plane and were honoured that dignitaries such as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, the Iceland Ambassador to the UK and the CEO of Birmingham Airport were able to join us on this special occasion.”

The new service also offers an attractive flight option to North America. Mr Guðnason explains: “By using Iceland’s geographical position midway between Europe and North America we can offer some of the fastest elapsed times from Birmingham to popular destinations such as Washington D.C. and Seattle.”

Paul Kehoe, the CEO of Birmingham Airport, added: “Icelandair’s new service from Birmingham is not only fantastic news for Midlanders wanting to spend leisure time in Reykjavik to see the northern lights or relax in hot springs, but also to travel onwards to the USA and Canada using Icelandair’s strong network of connecting flights.”

Cllr Shafique Shah, The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, said: "I am delighted to take part in today's inaugural celebrations to signify the start of flights to Reykjavik and beyond with Icelandair and Birmingham Airport. This new route not only allows people from the Midlands region to access this wonderful leisure destination but also creates more connectivity to the US and Canada and opens up opportunities for Icelandic people to visit Birmingham and the wider region."

The Birmingham service will operate with an Icelandair Boeing 757, seating 183 passengers, offering a three-cabin service, leather seats and personal in-flight entertainment system.

Flight details are:
FI494 departs Reykjavik (KEF) 07:50, arriving in Birmingham (BHX) 10:25
FI495 departs Birmingham (BHX) 12:25, arriving in Reykjavik (KEF) 15:10

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Icelandair Inaugural Reykjavik Flight Arrives at Birmingham Airport



By antman09ful1
Published on 5 Feb 2015

1st Scheduled Icelandair Flight into Birmingham Airport 05/02/15
Here is the landing of the first scheduled flight FI 494 from Reykjauik to BHX. Aircraft was a Boeing 757 TF-FIU. As it was the 1st flight it got a water canon salute.

By planeportal
Published on 5 Feb 2015

By planeportal
Published on 5 Feb 2015

Flight details are:
FI494 departs Reykjavik (KEF) 07:50, arriving in Birmingham (BHX) 10:25
FI495 departs Birmingham (BHX) 12:25, arriving in Reykjavik (KEF) 15:10