Portsmouth trade to boom with foreign sailors' visit

THOUSANDS of American sailors will give Portsmouth a '˜significant economic boost', a council leader has claimed.

Friday, 28th July 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:34 am

Councillor Donna Jones said the arrival of more than 5,000 international sailors is set to shore up the coffers of pubs, clubs and shops over the weekend.

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The Portsmouth City Council boss – who last night wined and dined with military chiefs on USS George HW Bush, said: ‘This is one of the largest aircraft carriers in the world and having over 6,000 sailors in Portsmouth for the next couple of days will have a significant boost to our city’s economy, particularly in the pubs, clubs, restaurants and shops.

‘We’re looking forward to welcoming our American guests and really hope they enjoy their stay.’