The event also marked the start English Tourism Week – a week showcasing the quality, vibrancy and value that the tourism industry brings to our nation.
Mayors and Chairmen from across Hampshire met with airport officials to learn about the importance of the airport to their boroughs and the region, including business opportunities, inbound tourism and the growing cruise market. The delegation - visiting from Hampshire County Council and local authorities in the New Forest, Winchester, Basingstoke & Deane, Hart, Test Valley, Rushmoor, Havant, Fareham, Gosport and Portsmouth – also experienced a behind-the-scenes tour of the airfield.
Dave Lees, Managing Director at Southampton Airport, said: “It was fantastic to welcome so many Mayors and have the opportunity to talk to them about the role that Southampton plays in the prosperity of the region.”
His Worship the Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Tony Noyce said: “Thank you to Southampton Airport for making us so welcome during our visit. This was a great opportunity to learn more about how this important regional airport, located in Eastleigh borough, is making a significant contribution to the local economy.”
Southampton Airport has also teamed up with local Hampshire attractions by placing an exhibition stand in the terminal during English Tourism Week. Passengers can learn more about local gems such as Exbury Gardens, Dinosaur Isle, Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Winchester Cathedral, Gunwharf Quays, Osborne House, Marwell Zoo and Chewton Glen.
For more information about the work Southampton Airport does with the community, visit www.southamptonairport.com