The Titanic Museum, a pint in the Duke of York and some tasty treats at St George’s Market were all on the menu for a couple spending 48 hours in Belfast as part of a tourism drive harnessing the power of social networking.
Perdita Lawton and Daniel Shoubridge travelled to different attractions and visited bars and restaurants recommended by Facebook and Twitter users during the #Belfast48 trip.
The whirlwind visit, organised by Tourism Ireland, officially ends on Saturday morning but Perdita and her partner have chosen to stay for a few extra hours so they can revisit some of the delights the city has to offer.
Halfway through their short break Perdita told the News Letter the pair were having a “fantastic time”.
“We are really enjoying the visit,” said the 30 year-old from Staffordshire, who beat off more than 6,300 other wannabe explorers to win the trip.
As an actor who travels around schools Perdita has visited Belfast before but “only ever for a few hours”.
It is great to stay here for a few days and see and do all these great things,” she said, adding that Daniel’s first visit to the city has been one to remember.
From the Harland and Wolff cranes to a “very unbiased” political taxi tour of the city, the explorers covered the major landmarks.
But the couple also interacted with people about where to eat breakfast, and where is good for an evening’s entertainment in a bid to experience the best parts of the capital.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said he is hopeful the initiative can bring more visitors to Belfast.
“Our latest social media promotion, Belfast 48, should prove to be a really effective way of engaging with our new target audience of “social energisers”, helping to really bring our message of fun and excitement on a Belfast short break to life.
“The winning pair has had a full, action-packed 48 hours in Belfast; and by bringing out Facebook fans and followers along for the journey, we’re hoping to inspire them to begin planning their very own 48 hours in Belfast.
“Our autumn campaign is now in full swing in GB – we have a really extensive programme in place between now and the end of the year, showcasing Northern Ireland and targeting late-season travellers.”