Future-proofing your business
"Future Proofing Your Business "comes to Bournemouth and Poole
Tourism businesses in Bournemouth and Pooleattended a seminar giving ideas and advice on how to prepare for a changing climate. Bournemouth and Poole Tourism, in partnership with South West Tourism, held the free workshop at the Bournemouth International Centre which was well attended and feedback was very positive.
Businesses explored local transport options that encouraged visitors to give the car a holiday, how to save energy and waste to increase profitability and using local foods to help the local economy and reduce food miles. The workshop also looked at future plans for the shoreline of the area and best practice from across the South West region.
With the effects of flooding and rising sea levels becoming more evident in the UK, being prepared and resilient can mean the difference between business success or failure. And in an area famous for its unique natural environment, created over centuries by the elements, the benefits to local tourism businesses of looking ahead and adapting early are crucial.
Emma Whittlesea from South West Tourism, said: "This was an opportunity for tourism businesses to come along and make the most of the help and advice available. The event was intended to be thought provoking and practical and highlighted what can be done now to reduce future risks and help businesses keep ahead of the game. Coping with a changing climate is one of the biggest challenges we face and businesses across the South West are starting to prepare and adapt now."
Tony Flux, Dorset Coastal Zone Projects Manager for the National Trust, said: "The National Trust owns and manages 715 miles of coastline in England and Wales. Rising sea levels, flooding and coastal erosion are issues throughout the UK and by working with the natural environment and planning how to manage the changes now, we can make sure that areas such as Brownsea Island and Studland remain vibrant places for visitors to enjoy for generations to come."
To see a video of the conference visit ISSTV
See presentations below (please note some of these take a few seconds to open).