Southampton among most visited destinations by foreign tourists

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SOUTHAMPTON is the 18th most visited destination for overseas tourists to the UK, according to latest figures.

The city hosted 221,000 visits by foreign residents involving a stay of at least one night in 2013, statistics highlighted by VisitBritain showed.

London was top with 16.7million, second was Edinburgh, with 1.3million, followed by Manchester (988,000), Birmingham (941,000) and Liverpool (562,000).

Oxford, Bristol, Brighton and Bath all rated above Southampton, but south coast rivals Portsmouth and Bournemouth failed to make the top 20.

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7:13am Mon 9 Jun 14

Huey says...

Great news I hope it goes up in the list and the city gets more tourist cash coming in.
Great news I hope it goes up in the list and the city gets more tourist cash coming in. Huey
  • Score: 12

7:59am Mon 9 Jun 14

Linesman says...

All these visitors, but it appears that they could not be bothered to visit 'Royston's Folly' (The Sea City Museum), which is running at a loss, and is having to be bailed out by the City.

Portsmouth may have less visitors who stay overnight, but their Mary Rose Museum is rated one of the best in the country, and has plenty of visitors.
All these visitors, but it appears that they could not be bothered to visit 'Royston's Folly' (The Sea City Museum), which is running at a loss, and is having to be bailed out by the City. Portsmouth may have less visitors who stay overnight, but their Mary Rose Museum is rated one of the best in the country, and has plenty of visitors. Linesman
  • Score: 8

8:30am Mon 9 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

I cannot understand the mentality of the council in Southampton.

If you have all these foreign tourists. waiting at your cruise ship bus stops, why haven't the council and local businesses within the city promoted your city and maximised the economic benefit of having them there . Other cities do very successfully.

What a completely wasted opportunity.
I cannot understand the mentality of the council in Southampton. If you have all these foreign tourists. waiting at your cruise ship bus stops, why haven't the council and local businesses within the city promoted your city and maximised the economic benefit of having them there . Other cities do very successfully. What a completely wasted opportunity. search for the truth
  • Score: 20

9:05am Mon 9 Jun 14

City Saint says...

That's only because those people stuck in traffic after getting off cruise ships for more then four hours (ie, all of them) are counting as tourists.

At last, the ruse is revealed.
That's only because those people stuck in traffic after getting off cruise ships for more then four hours (ie, all of them) are counting as tourists. At last, the ruse is revealed. City Saint
  • Score: -10

9:38am Mon 9 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

search for the truth wrote:
I cannot understand the mentality of the council in Southampton.

If you have all these foreign tourists. waiting at your cruise ship bus stops, why haven't the council and local businesses within the city promoted your city and maximised the economic benefit of having them there . Other cities do very successfully.

What a completely wasted opportunity.
You are right this time, Tourists do come here, but do they go away disappointed because of the facilities offered? There is much that this City can do for visitors if it was properly managed, but our City heritage is mostly neglected and is a wasted asset.
[quote][p][bold]search for the truth[/bold] wrote: I cannot understand the mentality of the council in Southampton. If you have all these foreign tourists. waiting at your cruise ship bus stops, why haven't the council and local businesses within the city promoted your city and maximised the economic benefit of having them there . Other cities do very successfully. What a completely wasted opportunity.[/p][/quote]You are right this time, Tourists do come here, but do they go away disappointed because of the facilities offered? There is much that this City can do for visitors if it was properly managed, but our City heritage is mostly neglected and is a wasted asset. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 9

9:47am Mon 9 Jun 14

Ciaran says...

So does mean all the know-it-all posters on here who always tell us Southampton is a hell-hole which no-one ever comes to are wrong, and those supposed paradises of Portsmouth and Bournemouth are in fact less appealing to tourists than Southampton?

Well, I for one, am shocked.
So does mean all the know-it-all posters on here who always tell us Southampton is a hell-hole which no-one ever comes to are wrong, and those supposed paradises of Portsmouth and Bournemouth are in fact less appealing to tourists than Southampton? Well, I for one, am shocked. Ciaran
  • Score: 4

10:03am Mon 9 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Linesman wrote:
All these visitors, but it appears that they could not be bothered to visit 'Royston's Folly' (The Sea City Museum), which is running at a loss, and is having to be bailed out by the City.

Portsmouth may have less visitors who stay overnight, but their Mary Rose Museum is rated one of the best in the country, and has plenty of visitors.
Yes you are quite correct ... again ... as this was reported on the BBC news today .....
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ANOTHER debt imposed on the taxpayers of this City by an incompetent,ego seeking Tory council ......
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[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: All these visitors, but it appears that they could not be bothered to visit 'Royston's Folly' (The Sea City Museum), which is running at a loss, and is having to be bailed out by the City. Portsmouth may have less visitors who stay overnight, but their Mary Rose Museum is rated one of the best in the country, and has plenty of visitors.[/p][/quote]Yes you are quite correct ... again ... as this was reported on the BBC news today ..... . ANOTHER debt imposed on the taxpayers of this City by an incompetent,ego seeking Tory council ...... . Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 1

10:03am Mon 9 Jun 14

cliffwalker says...

I'm guessing most of these visitors are only here for overnight stops on their way to or from cruise ships and would never have come near otherwise.
I'm guessing most of these visitors are only here for overnight stops on their way to or from cruise ships and would never have come near otherwise. cliffwalker
  • Score: 3

10:27am Mon 9 Jun 14

HillsidePaul says...

cliffwalker wrote:
I'm guessing most of these visitors are only here for overnight stops on their way to or from cruise ships and would never have come near otherwise.
You may be right, but it's all money and jobs for the City. Hotels, meals, taxis etc.
[quote][p][bold]cliffwalker[/bold] wrote: I'm guessing most of these visitors are only here for overnight stops on their way to or from cruise ships and would never have come near otherwise.[/p][/quote]You may be right, but it's all money and jobs for the City. Hotels, meals, taxis etc. HillsidePaul
  • Score: 6

10:28am Mon 9 Jun 14

BeyondImagination says...

Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do?
Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do? BeyondImagination
  • Score: 1

11:06am Mon 9 Jun 14

Woolston ollie says...

Probably visiting family to see how they can get on the UK gravy train. Also it doesnt say how many have left after their visit
Probably visiting family to see how they can get on the UK gravy train. Also it doesnt say how many have left after their visit Woolston ollie
  • Score: -2

11:07am Mon 9 Jun 14

Ciaran says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do?
Well away from D-Day, in the last week we've had the huge Holi One music festival at Mayflower Park, the Queen's Baton Relay and the Diving Exhibition at Guildhall Square.

Not too shabby, if you ask me.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do?[/p][/quote]Well away from D-Day, in the last week we've had the huge Holi One music festival at Mayflower Park, the Queen's Baton Relay and the Diving Exhibition at Guildhall Square. Not too shabby, if you ask me. Ciaran
  • Score: 6

12:00pm Mon 9 Jun 14

From the sidelines says...

Ciaran wrote:
BeyondImagination wrote:
Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do?
Well away from D-Day, in the last week we've had the huge Holi One music festival at Mayflower Park, the Queen's Baton Relay and the Diving Exhibition at Guildhall Square.

Not too shabby, if you ask me.
Sounds wretched.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: Southampton is essentially a transit camp for the cruise industry. Foreign visitors have to stay over night to get to their ships. No doubt the council members will congratulate themselves on their success and continue to do little for the residents and visitors. I visited Southsea at the weekend. 4 brilliant days of activities to commemorate D-Day. The place was heaving. What did Southampton do?[/p][/quote]Well away from D-Day, in the last week we've had the huge Holi One music festival at Mayflower Park, the Queen's Baton Relay and the Diving Exhibition at Guildhall Square. Not too shabby, if you ask me.[/p][/quote]Sounds wretched. From the sidelines
  • Score: -3

12:21pm Mon 9 Jun 14

search for the truth says...

Ciaran wrote:
So does mean all the know-it-all posters on here who always tell us Southampton is a hell-hole which no-one ever comes to are wrong, and those supposed paradises of Portsmouth and Bournemouth are in fact less appealing to tourists than Southampton?

Well, I for one, am shocked.
You fail to make the link between sheer numbers ( people only in Southampton to pick-up a cruise ship and not visiting attractions / shops etc and spending in the economy )

and

a smaller number of people visiting the likes of Portsmouth / Bournemouth
for the sole reason of spending money on attractions / shops because they are promoted by their councils properly.
[quote][p][bold]Ciaran[/bold] wrote: So does mean all the know-it-all posters on here who always tell us Southampton is a hell-hole which no-one ever comes to are wrong, and those supposed paradises of Portsmouth and Bournemouth are in fact less appealing to tourists than Southampton? Well, I for one, am shocked.[/p][/quote]You fail to make the link between sheer numbers ( people only in Southampton to pick-up a cruise ship and not visiting attractions / shops etc and spending in the economy ) and a smaller number of people visiting the likes of Portsmouth / Bournemouth for the sole reason of spending money on attractions / shops because they are promoted by their councils properly. search for the truth
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Mon 9 Jun 14

redsnapper says...

Southampton's claim to fame these days is a city with awful traffic problems.

Liverpool this week is hosting an International Business festival which will focus heavily on the port modernisation. This will probably help them snatch some cruise business from us.

What is our council doing to promote the City???

Decades of ignorance and lack of vision by the so called City Fathers have left Southampton a very second rate City with no focus or any real reasons for people to visit the City.
Southampton's claim to fame these days is a city with awful traffic problems. Liverpool this week is hosting an International Business festival which will focus heavily on the port modernisation. This will probably help them snatch some cruise business from us. What is our council doing to promote the City??? Decades of ignorance and lack of vision by the so called City Fathers have left Southampton a very second rate City with no focus or any real reasons for people to visit the City. redsnapper
  • Score: 0

12:41pm Mon 9 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Is this real tourists here for the actual City? Or people who come down and stay one night in a hotel because their cruise leaves at something like 6:30am? I wonder what it would look like if you took out the people whose cruise left at stupid o'clock in the morning out of the equation.
Is this real tourists here for the actual City? Or people who come down and stay one night in a hotel because their cruise leaves at something like 6:30am? I wonder what it would look like if you took out the people whose cruise left at stupid o'clock in the morning out of the equation. 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

12:54pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Datarater says...

It would help if there was a marked out circular route for tourists to follow to see the city.
It would help if there was a marked out circular route for tourists to follow to see the city. Datarater
  • Score: 0

8:51pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says...

They must go away with a pretty poor impression as everywhere I walk in the city these days is covered with litter and the debris from alcoholics and people sleeping and living rough.
They must go away with a pretty poor impression as everywhere I walk in the city these days is covered with litter and the debris from alcoholics and people sleeping and living rough. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne
  • Score: -1

8:54pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Tallship says...

'Southampton among most visited destinations by foreign tourist'. The article claims Southampton was 18th. That's not very high.

What did they visit? West Quay full over-priced clothes shops or The Sea City which was not going to be paid for by tax payers but is. What else is there?
'Southampton among most visited destinations by foreign tourist'. The article claims Southampton was 18th. That's not very high. What did they visit? West Quay full over-priced clothes shops or The Sea City which was not going to be paid for by tax payers but is. What else is there? Tallship
  • Score: -1

8:58pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Tallship says...

Datarater wrote:
It would help if there was a marked out circular route for tourists to follow to see the city.
Soutbampton has no money to do that.
[quote][p][bold]Datarater[/bold] wrote: It would help if there was a marked out circular route for tourists to follow to see the city.[/p][/quote]Soutbampton has no money to do that. Tallship
  • Score: -1

9:25pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Stubs says...

Go to st Marty's area and see ifs it's nice there. That will put you off.
Go to st Marty's area and see ifs it's nice there. That will put you off. Stubs
  • Score: -1

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