Las Palmas as a window of the blue economy

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The co-working centre Marine Park was opened under the initiative of the Government of the Canaries in 2016, in the Beach of Alcaravaneras of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Atlantic City 2017.

Marine Park focuses on innovation in order to develop regional, national and European projects, generate a community and promote actions around the blue economy. This aligns with the specific objective 2 of the priority 1 of the Atlantic Maritime Strategy: “enhancement of competitiveness and innovation capacities in the maritime economy of the Atlantic area”.

The mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, visited Marine Park on March 6, 2017. Mr Hidalgo said the centre “is a clear example of support to blue growth in our capital” and “has created 19 new skilled and quality jobs linked to the marine sector”.

In the framework of the European Smart Specialisation strategy, Marine Park fits into the roadmap designed and implemented by the Government of the Canaries to reinforce the marine sector.

Furthermore, on March 14, 2017, the Canaries capital will present its seventh International Sea Festival. Two days later, a presentation of the city as an urban tourist destination will be made in Bilbao. In the meantime, Las Palmas will meet with San Sebastián, also member of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities, in order to consolidate their cooperation on marine innovation, tourism and mobility.