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Poole prepares for Poole Maritime Festival

It’s official the prestigious European Maritime Day, one of the largest maritime events in Europe, will be hosted in Poole in May 2017. 

The UK Government and the European Commission have both confirmed their support for European Maritime Day 2017 to be hosted in Poole. 

The Rt Hon John Hayes, Maritime and Shipping Minister said: “I am delighted that Poole will host European Maritime Day 2017. I first heard about the exciting plans that Poole has for the event in 2014, and I am delighted that my return as Maritime Minister will allow me to see those plans come to fruition. The UK has a proud maritime history and Poole will provide an excellent showcase for our maritime industry on an international stage.” 

This now means that Poole can continue in earnest with its plans to host Poole Maritime Festival. This week long event includes the two-day international conference at Lighthouse, Poole, on 18 and 19 May 2017, the first time this event has been held in the UK. This conference is expected to attract over a thousand of the most influential people across Europe involved in progressing maritime policy and will be one of the biggest international boosts to the town’s maritime industry and tourism in decades. 

Next year’s conference will also be supported by a programme of business events enabling local businesses from Poole’s thriving maritime sector to be involved, including business to business seminars and workshops, maritime skills event and networking opportunities amongst others. 

The Poole Maritime Festival will draw to a close with a family focused maritime festival, based on the very successful Poole Harbour Boat Show. Over three days, 19 to 21 May 2017, the third Poole Harbour Boat Show will be bigger and better than ever with a full weekend of entertainment including a variety of on-the-water displays, tall ships and live music. 

To kick start the run up to the European Maritime Day conference, a Stakeholder Infoday will be held in Brussels on 25 October 2016 with a further event in Poole mid November 2016. 

Jim Stewart, Chief Executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners, said: “Poole Harbour Commissioners are delighted that we now have confirmation that European Maritime Day will take place next May. This will be an excellent opportunity for Poole and Dorset to market what we have to offer to a wider audience. 

“The maritime sector is enormously important to the region and we look forward to hosting many hundreds of visitors to the event.” 

Cllr Mohan Iyengar, Cabinet Member, Borough of Poole, said: “This is a great opportunity for our residents, local organisations and businesses to learn more about all-things maritime, to make contacts and have a great time. We’re proud to be hosts and our preparations are well under way.”