English Riviera to host UNESCO global geoparks conference in 2016

The English Riviera has won its bid to host the 7th UNESCO International Conference on Global Geoparks in September 2016.

The event, which will take place at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay, is expected to attract 600 delegates from around the globe.

The announcement was made at this year’s Global Geoparks Network Conference in Stonehammer GeoPark, Canada, following months of preparation by the English Riviera Geopark bid committee.

“This is great news for Torbay,” said Mayor of Torbay, Gordon Oliver. “Hosting this prestigious conference will showcase the English Riviera’s unique geological features on a global stage and bring over 600 delegates to Torbay for a four-day itinerary of activities.”

Nick Powe, Chairman of the English Riviera Global Geopark organisation added: “We were short-listed with venues around the world and being chosen is a massive achievement for Torbay. It catapults a well-known UK seaside resort into a completely different league, attracting international attention for our natural environment in its vibrant town setting, putting us on the international map as a quality destination for visitors and investors.”

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