Portsmouth tourism industry given awards boost

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PORTSMOUTH’S tourist industry has been recognised in the annual Beautiful South Tourism Awards contest.

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 in the awards run by Tourism South East.

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 December 4.

They will be invited to represent the South East in the national VisitEngland awards ceremony next year in matching categories.

Councillor 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.

‘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. It’s also good to see recognition for our service to visitors, which is being expanded, with more information outlets around the city.’