Over 120 businesses attended today’s Tourism Conference at RAF Cranwell College to hear about the plans and business opportunities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the RAF in 2018.

Taking place during Lincolnshire Business Week, the conference was jointly organised by Visit Lincoln, Lincoln Business Improvement Group and Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire.

“It’s been a great event”, said Lydia Rusling, from Visit Lincoln. “We discussed the world-wide significance of the RAF centenary; the exhibitions, events and activities that will be taking place and how businesses from many different sectors can get involved and be part of Visit Lincoln’s 2018 marketing campaign.

“There was a real sense of excitement in the room. One of the most significant events next year will be the official opening of International Bomber Command Centre in April 2018, and I’m really looking forward to working with our partners to showcase what Lincolnshire can offer visitors and residents. By working together we will continue to raise the profile of Lincolnshire as a great destination”.

Special guest Maggie Appleton MBE, Chief Executive Officer at The Royal Air Force Museum set the scene for what is being planned across the country for RAF100. She was followed by a presentation from John Lilley and Bill Ramsey from The People’s Mosquito and Group Captain Sean O’Connor Deputy Commandant of RAF College Cranwell.

Dave Harrigan from Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire revealed details of ‘Lincolnshire in World War One: Bastion in the Air’ – an exhibition attracting a global interest, and the conference was closed by retail expert Corin Birchall from Kerching! Consultancy.

Pic Caption - L-R Dave Harrigan MBE, Group Captain Sean O'Connor OBE, Bill Ramsey, Maggie Appleton MBE, John Lilley, Lydia Rusling and Matt Corrigan Back to News