The Council for the European Commission has officially handed over the ‘baton’ to Poole setting in motion the year long run up to one of the biggest international boosts to the town’s maritime industry and tourism in decades.
The Mayor of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion, represented Poole at this year’s European Maritime Day in Turku, Finland where the reins were formally handed over to Poole as it prepares to host this prestigious annual event in May 2017. The borough also promoted Poole as a business and tourist destination at the council's exhibition stand at the conference centre.
European Maritime Day is one of the largest maritime events in Europe and this will be the first time this event has been held in the UK.
Plans are underway for the two-day international conference at Lighthouse, Poole, on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 May 2017. This is expected to attract over a thousand of the most influential people across Europe involved in progressing maritime policy - industry leaders, politicians, EU Commissioners, academics and scientists. The conference will also be supported by a business programme as well as a family focused maritime festival, based on the very successful Poole Harbour Boat Show, to celebrate Poole and Dorset’s rich maritime heritage.
Mayor of Poole, Cllr Xena Dion, said: “This is a fantastic boost to the town’s position amongst the maritime community across Europe as well as an opportunity to showcase what we have here in Poole. We have businesses that are leaders in marine technology, high quality training and educational facilities, world class boat building, an internationally acclaimed lifeboat training college and, to cap it all, an environment of outstanding natural beauty.
“This event has the potential to bring in thousands of visitors. We want it to be a remarkable and memorable occasion and have put the wheels in motion to achieve this.”