Hampshire Chamber of Commerce welcomes decision to renew Victorious Festival deal

THE body that represents businesses in Hampshire says the renewal of Victorious Festival's contract is great news for local firms.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 6:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 3:26 pm
This year's Victorious Festival

Portsmouth City Council this week gave the music spectacle permission to run in the city until at least 2025, before giving event bosses the option to carry on until 2027.

Community leaders have already backed the decision, while the Lib Dems have called for ticket sales to be controlled by local venues in future so that they benefit, and not See Tickets.

Now Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has backed the decision to continue supporting Victorious.

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Maureen Frost, Hampshire Chamber’s deputy chief executive, said: ‘This is great news for the city, as Victorious attracts visitors in to the city who often stay on, spending money on accommodation, food and leisure activities.

‘Local businesses have many opportunities to get involved in the event and with the certainty it is here to stay for the next decade will incorporate it into their plans.

‘The festival is growing in stature each year and will be a key component in putting Portsmouth on the map, attracting further interest from visitors and businesses looking to invest in the area.’

Next year’s Victorious Festival will include an opening party night on the Friday before the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Camping is also being introduced on fields near The Peter Ashley Activity Centre off Portsdown Hill.