12 June 2019 New Southampton website helps locals as well as visitors
Be a tourist in your hometown. That’s the message from GO! Southampton, which has launched a brand-new website for the city with support from Southampton City Council
But while the website’s primary aim is to arm tourists, cruise passengers and other visitors with information, GO! Southampton says it hopes the site will also inspire local people to explore the city more.
Chief Executive, Giles Semper, says: “As the city’s BID (Business Improvement District), one of our most important roles is to make Southampton a great place to visit and to attract people to the city centre. We hope the new website will be used both by visitors and by residents to explore new places they haven’t perhaps heard about or thought of trying before.”
GO! Southampton even has plans for local people to contribute to the website going forward.
Giles added: “There’s something great about going on holiday and finding out where the locals like to eat, drink and explore. We hope to replicate that in time with a new feature called ‘locals love’, where people share their recommendations and top tips for places to visit.”
The website will also feature blogs from local people and details of discounts available at local shops as part of the GO!Southampton LoyalFree app.
The launch of the new website for Southampton has been welcomed by Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture at Southampton City Council, which has part-funded the website.
She said: “There is always something happening in Southampton, and this new Visit Southampton website will ensure no one has to miss out. Not only will it offer a comprehensive list of everything that’s happening in Southampton, but also highlights the amazingly diverse sights and sounds of our great city, for visitors as well as local residents who want to make new discoveries in their hometown.
“Southampton is bursting with activity and world class art, culture and heritage; we have wonderful places to eat and drink, shop and stay. Southampton is already a thriving destination city, and Visit Southampton is an incredible step in showcasing this. A special thanks to everyone that helped make it possible.”
GO! Southampton is the Business Improvement District (BID) for the city. Funded and led by local business, it exists to implement improvements to the city centre with the long-term goal of realising Southampton’s potential as a world-class city.
Southampton’s BID is home to 650 levy payers, stretching from Bedford Place in the north down to the waterfront, Commercial Road in the west to Southampton Solent University in the east.