Harrogate businesses to hear latest on Tour de France plans

Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive will meet Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce members and guests tonight to provide an update on plans for the Tour de France next summer.

Gary Verity will be at the Chamber’s meeting at Rudding Park to explain in more detail what the 2014 Grand Depart will mean for businesses and individuals across the Harrogate District.

The chief executive of Harrogate Chamber, Brian Dunsby, said:

“There is growing interest in next year’s Tour de France and our September meeting will be the first chance many business people have to hear details about what is being planned directly from the head of the organisation which brought the GrandDepart to Yorkshire.”

The evening’s second speaker will be Angela Harris, the project director of the new tourism organisation, Visit Harrogate.

She will be reporting on the organisation’s progress since its official launch at the end of July, as well as demonstrating the new website and visitor guide covering the whole Harrogate District.

She said:

“The opportunity for businesses to benefit from the TDF starts now and will continue for at least a year beyond.

“The challenge for businesses across the Harrogate District is to ensure they are best positioned to take advantage of that opportunity in relation to both their ‘offer’ and their marketing.”

Chamber president Sandra Doherty said:

“Tourism is a vital part of Harrogate’s economy and the formation of this new destination management organisation, Visit Harrogate, couldn’t have come at a more crucial time. This is our day in the sun so we should all get together and ensure we make the most of it.

“With up to three million people expected to be in Yorkshire for the Tour de France, now is the time for local businesses to make sure they are ready.

“Visit Harrogate will be an excellent mouthpiece for tourism businesses across the district and will help to ensure they make the most of the opportunities available when the world is watching us next summer – showing what a beautiful part of the world this is.”


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