TITANIC Belfast is on target to welcome its 100,000th visitor from North America as it prepares to celebrate its second year as Northern Ireland’s top visitor attraction.
Tourists from the United States and Canada make up the third biggest percentage – outside UK and Ireland – of visitors to Titanic Belfast, located where RMS Titanic was built in Belfast’s shipyard more than 100 years ago.
North American visitors to Titanic Belfast since the attraction opened on March 31, 2012, have made up almost 8% of overall tourists, who have flocked from 148 counties to enjoy the world’s largest Titanic experience.
US Consul General in Northern Ireland, Gregory Burton, said: “Those involved in the development of Titanic Belfast have delivered a world-class visitor attraction that brilliantly showcases Belfast’s proud industrial heritage.
“People from every generation across the United States are captivated by the Titanic story, and those who have visited Titanic Belfast have been overwhelmingly impressed at how its legacy is portrayed. The appeal of the attraction has contributed greatly to the on-going rejuvenation of the Titanic Quarter as well as the growing popularity of Belfast as a tourist destination, and we wish it continued success.”
Titanic Belfast CEO, Tim Husbands, said: “The popularity of Titanic in the United States and Canada knows no bounds. The story has very strong links with North America, and people from the US and Canada are coming to Belfast to visit the birthplace of the great liner, thus completing the circle of this fascinating and enduring story.”