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Event in July 2018 is expected to attract 1.5 million visitors. Copyright 2017 © Valery Vasilevsky and Sail Training International

Local businesses are being urged to take advantage of the opportunities that The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 and the 30th annual Sunderland International Airshow will bring to the city.

Next July, around 1.5 million visitors are expected to attend the sailing event which is being held in the Port of Sunderland. Up to a further 1million visitors are expected at the spectacular airshow.

Offers are invited for catering and bar concessions at sites across the city. Suppliers are being asked to come forward with a broad range of high-quality catering and bar concessions.

The event organisers are looking in particular for those selling local, international or unusual and quirky goods.

Businesses are also encouraged to bid for spaces available for them to exhibit and trade their goods and services to visitors from across the region and beyond.

Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet Secretary, Councillor Mel Speding, said this is a fantastic opportunity for businesses across the city to get involved in these first class events.

Speding added: “They promise to be among the biggest free family events in the UK in 2018 and I urge local businesses and suppliers to make the most of it.

“With crews, pilots, teams and visitors from across Europe and beyond. A full entertainment programme and of course the magnificent ships and spectacular flying displays themselves, promise to be truly memorable occasions.”

The proposed event zones include The Port of Sunderland, The East End, St Peter’s (University of Sunderland) and along the coastline from Roker to Seaburn.

Closing date for all applications is Monday 29 January 2018.