Here in Bath we are used to visitors from all over the world coming to experience our heritage and stunning surrounding countryside and at the start of this week I was proud to host a visit of three mayors, from China, New York and Washington DC, as part of the Global Parliament of Mayors.

They were among more than 80 mayors and city network leaders, from six continents, who gathered in Bristol over the weekend to convene on the topics of migration, urban security and health, reflecting the pressing issues of the world.

Staying with the international theme,  it was announced this week that Bath could benefit from a rare double-listing as a World Heritage site as part of an international Great Spas of Europe project which would boost tourism and global awareness of the city.

The city has been identified among eleven top European spa towns to potentially gain additional recognition by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

UNESCO World Heritage status marks a place as being of global significance and gaining a double-nomination would put Bath alongside cultural destinations including Bruges and Barcelona. If this happens it would provide a huge boost for our tourism industry and our local economy.

A real highlight this week was attending a civic reception here at the Guildhall for two sporting champions who are also putting Bath on the international map and doing a great job. 

After being crowned as World Champions within 48 hours of each other last month, University of Bath-based Jamie Cooke and Vicky Holland have had their achievements officially celebrated at the reception hosted by the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Patrick Anketell-Jones.

Jamie Cooke competes in modern pentathlon and Vicky Holland is a triathlete. They were joined at the even by their coaches, training colleagues and Team Bath representatives.

Another team I hope will do well this weekend is Bath Rugby  when they play the Harlequins at home.