From our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront, Portsmouth offers something for everyone.
The city has a rich cultural offer with magnificent theatres, live music venues, museums and contemporary art galleries, two cathedrals, a diverse literary heritage, events and festivals throughout the year. For further details click here.
It's no wonder then that more than 9.2 million tourists visit Portsmouth each year, contributing £600m to the local economy and supporting 12,400 jobs.
This appeal has recently been enhanced by the arrival of Ben Ainslie Racing, with more than 240,000 spectators enjoying the America's Cup World Series event in 2015. The 4-day event will return in 2016, 2018 and 2019, with the possibility of the main event being fought on the Solent in 2021.
An additional 100,000 visitors visited Southsea Common for Victorious Festival, which included music and entertainment across a number of stages along the water's edge.
The new £35m Mary Rose Museum welcomed its one millionth visitors just 28 months after opening. The newly refurbished museum sits within Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which also offers world-class attractions such as HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.
Neighbouring Gunwharf Quays is home to more than 95 premium retail outlets, waterside restaurants and bars, as well as leisure and cinema offers. It is complemented by traditional high-street shopping in Commercial Road and unique independent shops and beachfront cafes in Southsea.
Portsmouth City Council has agreed a £3.5m strategic partnership with Emirates which will promote the Emirates Spinnaker Tower, and the city, to its 50,000 employees and 50m yearly passengers. This is an exciting new chapter for the Tower, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2015, and shows the interest and investment being attracted by the city.
We continue to work tirelessly to make space for a 5-star hotel in Portsmouth, which will attract a new tourist market and a higher spend per visitor. This is a key objective for the city, and something we are determined to bring to fruition.