Weymouth, a seaside town in Dorset, was one of the first modern tourist towns. King George III summered often in Weymouth. He is remembered with a statue on the seafront and a horse sculpted into a nearby chalk cliff, although according to a local myth he was insulted that the horse faced away from the town.
After the decline of the fishing industries, tourism is now the main industry of Weymouth, and the town hosts over two hundred events and festivals per year beach volleyball, fireworks, boat racing, and more. Yachts, sailboats, and other pleasure craft often sit in the harbour, which was the site of the 2012 Olympics sailing events.
The port of Melcombe Regis, which developed separately but has now been absorbed into Weymouth, was said to be the first English port of entry for the Black Death in 1348.