Titanic Belfast has welcomed its five millionth visitor, following an 8% year-on-year increase in numbers, particularly from North America, mainland Europe and China, writes Angie Cronin.
Judith Owens, chief executive, said: “In six years, Titanic Belfast has welcomed more than five million visitors from over 145 countries, including Her Majesty The Queen, Hillary Clinton and the discoverer of Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard.
“Thanks to our staff, local and trade support, we continue to go from strength to strength and our appeal grows nationally and internationally.
“We are proud to see how popular Belfast and Northern Ireland is becoming as a tourist destination, as well as the enduring worldwide appeal of the Titanic story.”
John McGrillen, Tourism Northern Ireland chief executive, applauded the success of the tourist attraction, which he said “has been a catalyst for wider economic growth in Belfast and has truly changed Northern Ireland’s tourism footprint”.
Titanic Belfast is a six-floor building featuring nine galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic and Belfast, where the ship was constructed.
Pictured from left: Titanic Belfast’s five millionth visitor, Rita Lynch, with Judith Owens (Titanic Belfast), John McGrillen (Tourism NI); and Kerrie Sweeney (Titanic Foundation Limited).