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Fly In 'boosts economy by £50,000'

Posted Tue 16th July 2013 at 12:19

ALDERNEY'S revitalised Fly In may have added around £50,000 to the local economy.

A total of 106 aircraft were brought to the event, which took place on the weekend of July 6th, and about 250 people came along to enjoy what was on offer.

Despite a foggy start to the event on Friday, the majority of hotels, B&Bs and self catering accommodation were full on Saturday night and many restaurants were booked to capacity on both Friday and Saturday night.

The Fly In was the first held in Alderney since 2004. Its comeback this year was boosted by Guernsey Aero Club having been forced to cancel their rally because of work at Guernsey Airport Runway. Organisers of that instead lent their support to the Alderney event.

Co-organiser David Chiswell, chairman of Alderney Flying Club, said that many first time visitors were saying they would come back to a similar event next year.

He said: "We have been inundated with many positive comments about the island from the participants, and the flying forum chatter has also been completely positive, with many stating that they enjoyed the Island so much that they will be back again."

Business Development Marketing and Tourism Committee chairman Neil Harvey said the value to the island was difficult to assess. But a conservative estimate based on 200 people paying £35 per night and multiplied by 1.75 - as some people stayed only one night - came to almost £25,000.

With the multiplier effect - assuming that everyone receiving £100 spent 50 per cent on the island - the figure could rise to £50-60,000 boost to the local economy.

Car and bike hire was also exceptionally busy.

Said Mr Chiswell: 'Obviously an event on this scale needs the island to pull together to be successful which everyone did admirably.'

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