Awards Shortlist Recognises Portsmouth Tourism
|Published: 18th November 2014 12:28|
Portsmouth's booming tourist industry has been recognised in the annual Beautiful South Tourism Awards contest, run by Tourism South East.
Portsmouth City Council's visitor information service is a finalist in the 'visitor information provider of the year' category.
In the 'large visitor attraction of the year' category, the Mary Rose Museum is a finalist and the Spinnaker Tower is highly commended.
The council's Dickens Birthplace Museum is also highly commended, as a small visitor attraction.
The G! Boutique Hotel in Southsea is a finalist in the 'small hotel of the year' category.
Winners of the awards will be announced at The Grand Hotel in Brighton on 4 December. Winners in matching categories will be invited to represent the South East in the national VisitEngland awards ceremony next year.
Cllr Luke Stubbs, the council's Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development, said: "These awards recognise that Portsmouth is a leading force in the tourism business, and is going from strength to strength.
"We have big general attractions like the Mary Rose Museum and the Spinnaker Tower, as well as smaller, more specialist ones like the Dickens museum. Our boutique hotels are also first rate. It's also good to see recognition for our service to visitors, which is being expanded, with more information outlets around the city."
Latest official figures, released last month, showed Portsmouth's tourism industry is growing fast, with visits in 2013 up 7% on 2012, to a total of 9.25m. Meanwhile, visitor spending has hit £444m, up 6%.
About 12,400 jobs, 11.8% of all city employment, are now supported by tourism - up 5.8%.