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City centre welcomes Wales Airshow to Swansea

SWANSEA city centre's array of shops, restaurants and pubs are gearing up to host an influx of thousands of visitors for the Wales Airshow later this month

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Traders are looking forward to a busy weekend as visitors from Wales and further afield descend on the city for two days of free airborne and ground attractions.

Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive of Swansea BID (Business Improvement District), said the annual event is a major attraction for Swansea and for city centre businesses who will be throwing open their doors to event-goers and shoppers alike.

He said: "The Airshow is a jewel of an event for Swansea Bay and we are pleased to see it return. The show is the traditional curtain-raiser to the summer in Swansea and businesses will be preparing for a positive turnout.

"Events like these and BBC Music's The Biggest Weekend help put Swansea on the map, drawing people's attention to the city, encouraging them to make return visits and setting the stage for a brilliant summer.

"Even though roads into the city will be busy due to the temporary road closures over that weekend, the city centre will be very much open for business for those who want to enjoy the great restaurants, cafes and retail on offer just a stone's throw from the Airshow action." 

The Swansea BID team will be onsite at the Airshow promoting City Centre businesses to event visitors through its Big Heart of Swansea Brand.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism, added: "Last year the Airshow attracted a record 250,000 visitors and we are anticipating another record event this year.

"The economic impact was estimated at more than £8m and we're confident that visitors will enjoy the welcome of our city centre shops, pubs and restaurants as well as the free show in the skies.

"Together they prove there's always a lot to do and see in Swansea this summer."

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