Hampshire County Council is keen to ensure that the county has a thriving tourism industry. A range of public sector support exists to support tourism businesses in Hampshire. A number of useful documents and links are listed below.
Quality assured accommodation
Visit England are responsible for the National Quality Assurance Scheme which is delivered by GSL Limited, operating under the name of Quality in Tourism.
Tourist brown and white signage
How to apply for tourist road signage
Training opportunities in the South East
Tourism South East runs regular courses, events and workshops to help support tourism businesses.
Tourism is a complex industry with a large number of stakeholders, from Visit Britain to local businesses. This document helps to explain how the South East is structured and the relationship between local authorities and tourism.
Visit Britain is Britain’s national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain’s visitor economy. It works in partnership with government, industry and other tourism bodies.
VisitEngland is the national tourist board for England, responsible for marketing England to domestic and established overseas markets and for improving England’s tourism product.
DCMS - National government tourism policy and support is provided through this department and the Tourism Minister. It grant aids Visit Britain and Visit England.
Tourism South East is the organisation which supports and fosters the interests of tourism in the South East. It is a limited company and a membership body.
Tourism is a non-statutory function, however many local authorities choose to operate tourism services of some kind. These tend to focus on marketing, development and research activities, and information provision via Tourist Information Centres. Councils also support the tourism industry in many other ways, through planning policies, provision of visitor facilities, street cleaning, event production, for example. Some local authorities have set-up Destination Management Organisations (DMOs) to foster greater collaboration with their industry.
The Tourism Section at Hampshire County Council plays a strategic role in supporting tourism in Hampshire. The following contacts within services at Hampshire district, borough and unitary authority level deal are responsible for local tourism matters.
Economic Development and Tourism Officer
East Hampshire District Council
Penns Place, Petersfield GU31 4EX
tel 01730 234164
Economics Project Officer
Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke RG21 2AJ
tel 01256 845692
Gosport Borough Council
Town Hall, High Street, Gosport PO12 1EB
tel 023 9254 5231
Employment and Tourism Manager
New Forest District Council
Appletree Court, Lyndhurst SO43 7PA
tel 023 8028 5102
Tourism and Visitor Services Manager
Portsmouth City Council
Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth PO1 2BG
tel 023 9283 4636
Economic Development Officer
Test Valley Borough Council
Beech Hurst, Weyhill Road, Andover SP10 3AJ
tel 01264 368309
Arts and Heritage Manager
Southampton City Council
Civic Centre, Southampton SO14 7NG
tel 02380 834516
Head of Tourism
Winchester City Council
City Offices, Colebrook Street, Winchester SO23 9LJ
tel 01962 848303
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West Winchester SO23 8UJ
tel 01962 845478