Businesses across Harwich and Dovercourt are invited to a conference providing an update on the Mayflower 400 project.
The year 2020 marks 400 years since The Mayflower sailed from England to America, sparking what became the United States of America.
To celebrate the occasion and capitalise on the potential benefits, the Mayflower 400 compact includes 14 destinations with a link to the Mayflower working together in a bid to attract American tourists during the anniversary year.
Harwich played an intrinsic role in this iconic story, with the ship and its captain Christopher Jones hailing from the town.
Speakers at next month’s conference will include the chief executive of Mayflower 400.
Paul Milsom, chairman of the Harwich and Dovercourt Tourism Group, said the conference was an excellent opportunity for local firms to get involved with the Mayflower 400 project.
“Harwich and Dovercourt can stake a real claim to being the launching point of America as we know it, and the Mayflower 400 project is a fantastic chance to bring a huge tourism boost to the area,” he said.
“This conference will allow firms to find out more and be updated on some of the local, national and international projects taking place as part of Mayflower 400, as well as learning how they can get involved and benefit.”
Mick Skeels, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council, added his support.
“Four hundred years after The Mayflower set sail to the New World, this anniversary provides a once in a generation opportunity for our coastal community town to regenerate its tourism offer and open the door to new markets and much-needed long term economic development,” he said.
“Please join us to hear about exciting developments and how Harwich and Dovercourt can benefit from this once in a generation opportunity.”
The conference takes place on Monday, March 12, at the Harwich International Port Cruise Terminal, from 4.30-7.30pm.
Those interesting in attending are asked to RSVP by March 2 to firstname.lastname@example.org so numbers can be planned for.