Firms will find out how port’s popularity helps

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LOCAL businesses are going to find out how they can benefit from an increase in trade through Portsmouth International Port.

Companies and organisations representing the transport, hotel, restaurant and tourist trades have been invited to the port on Monday.

The port’s management team are forecasting a 32 per cent increase in the port’s cruise business this year.

Managers are throwing open the doors so other businesses can benefit from the growth.

It’s hoped they’ll take away a good idea of what cruise passengers are looking for, and how best to attract their custom.

Portsmouth councillor Mike Hancock, whose remit includes the port’s activities, said: ‘The port has long been an economic engine for the city, creating jobs and wealth in and around Portsmouth.

‘The growth of the cruise industry here can only be good news, and we would like to see as many people as possible benefitting from an increase in passengers.

‘I am pleased that managers at the port are able to help others tap into this potentially lucrative market.’