Cumbria’s tourism businesses will hear the latest updates from the game-changing Eden Project North at a meeting on Thursday.

Rob Barratt, of the project, is the keynote speaker at the event, organised by Cumbria Tourism for its members.

The £100 million Eden Project North is planned for the seafront at Morecambe.

Similar to the Eden Project in Cornwall, it would be a ticketed visitor attraction, with large indoor environments, housed within pavilions.

The new facility would be themed around the natural beauty of Morecambe Bay and would also have a 4,000-capacity outdoor arena designed for live music and entertainment.

It says: “As in Cornwall, Eden Project North will combine exhibits, performance, learning, play, immersive experiences, world-class horticulture, art, food, beverage and retail spaces, all integrated as essential parts of the overall experience.”

A full planning application for Eden Project North is due to be submitted in early 2021 with a planned opening date of 2023. It is hoped it will attract around 760,000 visitors a year.

The coronavirus situation is expected to be a major talking point for attendees at the members’ event, held at The Villa, Levens and sponsored by Considerate Group.

Cumbria Tourism will share news and advice on best practice for businesses.

Gill Haigh, managing director of Cumbria Tourism, said: “Supporting our members on how to react to Coronavirus is a priority for Cumbria Tourism and we are working hard to advise businesses as we shift our short-term focus to staycations within our beautiful rural destination.

“At the same time, we must also keep our eye on future opportunities and developments – it’s vital that Cumbria is ahead of the curve.

“Sustainability and greener tourism practices are becoming more of a priority for both domestic and international visitors and we’re ensuring that local businesses receive the very best advice on how they and their customers can protect the planet.

“It’s also important that the benefits of responsible are understood. Our county boasts two beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Activities and promotions embracing and celebrating the landscape such as our recent Dark Skies Festival can really help open the county to new and emerging markets.”

Other speakers at the event include the Lake District National Park Authority’s new low carbon co-ordinator Danny Coward, plus representatives from NFU Mutual, The National Trust and Save Grange Lido.