Gosport’s tourist information centre has re-opened following a deal between Gosport Borough Council and a local holiday business.
Maritime Heritage Tours, run by Mike Critchley, has taken over the centre and will offer local travel and tourism advice.
Until last month, the council paid Tourism South East to run the centre. This arrangement was ended by the council as way of saving public money. The new set-up is at no cost to the council.
The new-look centre, at Gosport’s bus station, South Street, is open 9.15am to 1.15pm, Monday to Saturday, although these hours may increase.
Mr Critchley, a former Royal Navy officer who has written or published more than 100 naval books, lived in Gosport as a child and returned to the town five years ago.