THE hospitality sector is buzzing right now – and it’s not just due to the events happening in Liverpool this summer. Large portions of tourists who come to the city are here to explore our already existing heritage. From the waterfront to the cathedrals and event Penny Lane – we have it all and it’s hard to believe that people can see so much in this city without needing to spend a single penny. It’s important that as residents, we also take time to appreciate the beauty we have right on our doorstep. Find a date in your diary to be a tourist for the day – it’s a great experience. My personal favourite is The Albert Dock. I can easily spend the best part of a (rare) day off down there, wondering around the shops, the Tate and the Slavery Museum. Here are some more of my favourites – all well worth a visit.; * Albert Dock Liverpool The Dock has something for all the family. As well as several museums, galleries and a gorgeous backdrop, they will also be hosting a Steam Festival, Folk Festival, Pirate Festival and Heritage event. * St George’s Hall I was recently lucky enough to be offered a tour of St George’s Hall and I was surprised by how much is actually there. From a courtroom to concert rooms, this building is fantastic. I am always so proud when I drive into Liverpool from that direction, or walk out of Lime Street Station, knowing that welcoming people into the city is this absolute stunning structure. Throughout the year, they hold several public events, some free, some paid for. Their event calendar is online, or you can pop in and ask at the on-site heritage centre about what’s coming up. * Museums & Galleries There are more than a dozen museums and galleries in Liverpool – and most of them are completely free. Many people don’t think museums are ‘their thing’ but actually, there is such a variety that I guarantee there’s something to suit everyone’s taste. * The Cathedrals Open for most of the day, people are welcomed into both our city’s cathedrals to wonder around, light a candle and enjoy the spectacular architecture. The Anglican Cathedral took 74 years to completely build – so it’s worth spending a few minutes admiring it! * The Bluecoat Located on School Lane, The Bluecoat is one of my favourite treasures of Liverpool. It’s a creative hub, always offering exhibitions, shows and talks. As well as this, they have a beautiful garden, which is quite the hidden gem. Perfect fur summer time. The venue is celebrating it’s 300th birthday this year – which is to be applauded and appreciated! * Sefton Park Palm House Without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous structures in Liverpool. The Palm House is perfect for a stroll around and they hold regular jazz afternoons, yoga, art classes, photo walks, tea dances and so much more. Certainly worth exploring. This is just a touch on the wonders that await in Liverpool – I could go on for pages. A Google search will give you more ideas. I AM delighted to announce that the Liverpool Hoteliers Association are joining forces with the Liverpool Restaurateurs. United as the Liverpool Hospitality Association the two organisations will be able to take our city’s offering a step further. It’s very exciting. I am now urging any restaurateurs in the city to get in touch with me so we can build on already great foundations to work together. If you own or run a restaurant, please email me at email@example.com so we can get the ball rolling. Sport’s good for all WITH both our football teams heading into Europe this year, we’re looking at thousands of additional visitors to the city. With Liverpool FC vying for a Champion’s League spot and Everton FC hitting the Europa League qualifiers this summer, the city is sure to benefit. As well as this, the Golf Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale in July – the eyes of the world will be on Merseyside. This summer will also see the return of the International Tennis Tournament at Liverpool Cricket Club. Not only will people be visiting for the sport, they will use their time to explore, eat and drink, contributing to the local economy. My team at The Richmond are excited to welcome people who may not have been here before. It’s all of our responsibility to show how our city’s reputation for kindness and great hospitality lives up to itself.