Portsmouth City Council launches Portsmouth Champions to turn residents into guides to city attractions

The ‘Portsmouth Champions’ program, comprising a free online course with a certificate upon completion, aims to transform residents into Portsmouth experts, ready to impress any tourist wishing to explore the city’s sights.

The program hopes to boost the city’s attractions when they reopen to visitors, with the Spinnaker Tower welcoming guests again last Friday and the historic shipyard revealing a new £ 1.4million exhibit on HMS Victory during of its reopening earlier this month.

In addition to the investment in the city, the Queens Hotel in Clarence Parade unveiled and opened its refurbished restaurant last week, as part of a £ 4.4million redevelopment throughout the hotel.

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HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.  Photo: Shaun Roster Photography www.photoboxgallery.com/roster.

HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Photo: Shaun Roster Photography www.photoboxgallery.com/roster.

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With a large number of Britons expected to plan stays this year, Portsmouth City Council has reopened its visitor information point at the Hard and will have guest advisors along the seafront throughout the summer, according to Jane Singh, Head of Tourism and Marketing at Visit Portsmouth.

Attractions need all the help they can get to bounce back from the previous’ terrible ’12 months, she said:’ When I talk to hoteliers in town they say the bookings increased when events like Goodwood and Victorious were announced.

“But countries are forecasting trade at 30 to 50 percent from a normal year.”

Visiting the LCT Landing Craft exhibit at the D-Day Story Museum in Southsea, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan called on people to show their ‘pride’ in their city by rallying around city attractions hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The MP said: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for the tourism industry in Portsmouth and across the country.

“We know it contributes over £ 6million to our city’s economy, and 13,000 jobs depend on tourism.

That’s why I launched my Pride in Portsmouth campaign to encourage people to go out and feel confident again to visit our fantastic city attractions.

“We have such a strong community spirit in Portsmouth that we are proud to live in Portsmouth. Spend that pound in Portsmouth – it will go even further by spending it locally in our city.

Ewan Cole, museum and visitor services manager for the LCT exhibition, added: ‘We can defend ourselves against any museum in Britain or abroad.

“ The museum was renovated in 2018 and many locals haven’t seen it year round.

“Very often we get a lot of comments from people saying they haven’t visited the museum for years.

“This is the perfect time.

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