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Attractions from across Portsmouth came together to celebrate the launch of a new campaign to boost visitors to the city and mark the start of English Tourism Week.

The new campaign from Portsmouth City Council includes an events guide highlighting everything happening this year from international spectacles like Victorious Festival and the Great South Run to smaller community events such as the Live at the Bandstand, King George V fireworks display and Heritage Open Days.

The council is also partnering with South Western Railways to showcase Portsmouth on landmark digital billboards at London Waterloo Station and will be attending a number of trade events in the capital during English Tourism Week, 18-27 March.

Attractions across the city are getting behind the push with a range of special offers during the week including £30 off an ultimate explorer ticket at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; 20% discount at Exploria; special offers on a range of performances at Portsmouth Guildhall and 20% off Hovertravel tickets.

Portsmouth residents can also get 25% discount on a visit to the Spinnaker Tower or 40% off entry to D-Day Story. More information on all the special offers can be found by searching “English Tourism Week” at www.visitportsmouth.co.uk

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Leader of Portsmouth City Council, said: “It’s great to see Portsmouth attractions working together to showcase what we offer as a city. Tourism is vital to Portsmouth’s economy, a lot of hard work goes into promoting the city as a destination and now it’s more important than ever with the impact of the pandemic on visitors in the last two years.”

Stephen Morgan, MP for Portsmouth South, also attended the launch event at the Spinnaker Tower and said: “Portsmouth has world class attractions like the historic dockyard and D-Day Story and I’m delighted to see local efforts made to promote our city to a wider audience.”