Top scores for city in tourism awards

Portsmouth's tourism industry has received a host of prestigious accolades.

Local businesses have been named as among the best in the South-East in the 2007 Tourism ExSEllence Awards.

n Spinnaker Tower took pride of place, with two runners-up awards – in the high- profile Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category and in the Business Tourism section.

n Portsmouth Visitor Information Centre, The Hard, was runner-up as Tourist Information Centre of the Year.

n Gosport Borough Council was highly commended in the Best Tourism Website category for

www.discovergosport.co.uk

n Elaine Rutledge of the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel was highly commended for Outstanding Customer Service.

Tourism South East managing director Bob Collier said: ‘Tourism requires continued investment in products and service. Businesses like these have led the way in making Portsmouth such an outstanding and successful destination.’

Spinnaker Tower was praised by judges and scored in areas including customer service, sales and marketing and accessibility. Judges said its ‘fantastic views make this a unique experience, helped by friendly staff’. This was also reflected in Spinnaker Tower’s runner-up award in the Business Tourism section.

n Further information and a full list of winners at: www.industry.visitsoutheastengland.com