News from the Geopark

Cary Arms will play host to Geoparks VIPs

10 May 2016

TORQUAY'S Cary Arms in Babbacombe Bay has been chosen to host a group of international VIP guests who will be visiting Torbay in September.


The English Riviera was granted the status of Global Geopark in 2007, resulting in international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage.


Now the Bay is hosting the seventh international conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in September.


A 17-strong UNESCO Global Geopark Council is being formed following the recent decision by UNESCO to formally adopt Global Geoparks as a key programme.


The council will hold its inaugural meetings at the Cary Arms before attending the conference in Torquay the following week.


The main conference will welcome 800 delegates from more than 30 countries concerned with the Global Geoparks agenda. It is being held in Great Britain for the first time.


Geoparks work to develop sustainable economies, eco-tourism and engagement with their local communities, as well as being areas of significant geological interest.


Lana de Savary, of the Cary Arms, said "We're delighted to have been chosen as the base for these important visitors from UNESCO. They will be some of our first guests to experience the newly-opened luxury beach huts and beach suites following a £2million investment, as well as enjoying the picturesque setting and unique experience of the Cary Arms."


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