This is a gathering of tourist attractions and leisure facilities in Portsmouth and Hampshire to promote why the growing number of passengers coming to the city means they can have a good time without having to travel far. message.

Shaping Portsmouth, a not-for-profit company on a mission to transform Portsmouth together, will host Portsmouth and Hampshire cruise business events at the Queen’s Hotel in Southsea, bringing together businesses and local interests in charge of cruise ship excursions. gathered people.

Cruise ship Valiant Lady arriving in Portsmouth in March.Photo: Habibur Rahman

Stef Nienaltowski, CEO of Shaping Portsmouth, said: Queen’s Hotel was instrumental in planning this first shore excursion event. The event brought together over 30 venues and gave us the opportunity to explore how we can offer visiting cruise passengers a world-class experience in and around our city. ”

Kate Pearce, Co-Head of Shaping’s Cruise Passenger Programs and Head of Communications at The Queens Hotel, said: Businesses in the city have a great opportunity to share the benefits of cruise passengers coming to Portsmouth as part of their transit call or to begin their voyage.

“We look forward to forging closer relationships with cruise operators as they build itineraries that fully showcase the amazing attractions and cultural life that the city and wider region has to offer. keep it local.

Portsmouth International Harbor’s master plan has cruise ship growth and one of its key goals is to focus on smaller, boutique ships rather than larger vessels visiting Southampton.

The Saga cruise ship Spirit of Discovery will head to the port of Portsmouth in April this year. Photo: Sam Stevenson.
The Scarlet Lady is the last cruise ship to leave Portsmouth after visiting in 2021 Photo: Habibur Rahman