The venue was the Commissioners’ House, in Chatham Historic Dockyard.
The Commissioners’ House is one of the oldest buildings in England and reported to be haunted.
The master of Ceremony for the two days event was Miss Sandrine Stiernon, Event Coordinator & Organiser.
Thursday 12th of December: Tourism Development Seminar
On arrival between 9.00 and 9.45am coffee was served and at 9.45 Brian Burton, Chairman of the MQPS welcomed the participants and started the day off.
10am Mr Bill Ferris Chief Executive for the Historic Dockyard gave a lecture on how to run a successful tourism project based on heritage assets.
11am it was the turn of our French partners Mrs Marie Leclerc and Mrs Helene Brazy who talked about tourism projects in the Gravelines area.
All lectures were followed by a question & answer session.
After lunch, transport was provided to visit the PS Medway Queen and guided tours of the ship were given by staff and apprentices.
Back to the Commissioners’ House where Mr Dries Debruyne, Territorial Facilitator for INTERREG 2 Seas and Mr Antoine Porteneuve, Heroes 2C Project Coordinator gave lectures on the prospects, benefits and inconveniences of the new generation of European Territorial Cooperation projects (INTERREG V 2014-2020).
4.00pm Q&A session on the day proceedings followed by departure at 4.30pm.
Friday the 13th of December: Heroes 2C Project Final Event
9.45am The Mayor of Medway, Josie Iles, welcomed the participants and talked about maritime history in the Medway area.
10am – 1pm Presentation of the 3 Maritime Heritage projects involved in Heroes 2C by the managers, trainees and apprentices.
This included Mr Robert Stokes, Project Manager for MQPS (UK), Mr Christian Cardin, President of Association Tourville (FR) and Mr Eddy Stuer, Project Coordinator for The New Belgica project (BE).
Social Exclusion and Inclusion was the subject of the presentation given by Mr Carlo De Smedt from the VDAB, 4th partner in the Heroes 2C project, specialised in social inclusion aspects.
After lunch, a visit to the Medway Queen was repeated and on arrival back to the Commissioners’ a talk about tourism in the Antwerp area was given by Mrs Sabine Denissen, Tourism Advisor.
Mr Gregg McDonald presented the Heroes 2C final movie, a 20mn film showcasing the projects achievements in the 3 partners regions.
End of the two days event came with members of the three societies promising to keep in touch and promoting the friendship that have been created and looking back the promoters can be happy that 130 delegated attended!
Mr Brian Goodhew, Press Officer MQPS
Mr Antoine Porteneuve, Heroes 2C Project Coordinator