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Poole's Bid To Host European Maritime Day

Borough of Poole is bidding to host the internationally acclaimed European Maritime Day in 2015. 

The Maritime Day is celebrated on 20 May each year to mark the day it was officially launched in 2008.

The event centres around a two-day Maritime Conference that brings together experts and stakeholders from all different maritime sectors including shipbuilding, shipping, ports, fisheries, offshore energy, environment, tourism and heritage to address the major challenges they face. Economic growth, climate change, sustainable energy and environmental pressures on the coasts and seas are all topical issues that may be raised. 

Poole’s aspiration to host the event promises to boost the town’s position amongst the maritime community across Europe. The council has submitted a formal proposal to be considered by the European Commission for Maritime Affairs and will find out if it is successful by the end of July.

Councillor Xena Dion, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for the Local Economy, Tourism and Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: "This hugely important conference is normally accompanied by a maritime festival lasting several days and gives us the opportunity to really celebrate Poole’s maritime heritage and showcase what we have to offer in Poole on a scale never seen before. This is a time to bring in the tall ships, flotillas, a pageant, international shipping, yacht and power boat racing, interactive maritime events, nautical festivities and so much more.  

"This event would give a tremendous boost to Poole’s economy. It would bring in many visitors which would be fantastic for our hotels, guest-houses, bars and restaurants and ensure great trading opportunities for our visitor attractions and shops. I have been pursuing this for many months and I believe this would be a really great event for everybody in the town. I am very proud of our submission document and confident the selection panel will consider us favourably. We have so much to offer here and it will be a fantastic opportunity to all work together to make this the most memorable destination for our national and international visitors."

Should Poole's bid be successful we would be following in the footsteps of previous hosts that have included Gothenburg, Gdansk, Rome and Brussels.

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