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Orkney hosts major marine conference

For the first time Orkney is playing host to those at the helm of the UK’s maritime scene with the 2011 British Ports Association annual conference taking place in the county this week.

The conference – which will run from September 20-22 – draws delegates from port authorities, government departments and the maritime tourism industries.

The three-day event at the Pickaquoy Centre, Kirkwall, is expected to draw several representatives from each of the 91 BPA members around the UK.

Speaking previously, OIC convener, Councillor Stephen Hagan, said: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to showcase to other ports in the United Kingdom what Orkney has to offer both for tourism and shipping operations, and to extend a warm Orkney welcome as well.”

He added: “We hope that this will lead to a greater awareness of the business potential in this region of the UK, and contribute to economic growth in years to come.

“Overall, we hope the event will serve as an additional boost to our island economy as we enter the shoulder tourism season.”

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