Titanic Belfast crowned Europe's top tourist attraction

Titanic Belfast has been crowned Europe's leading tourist attraction, beating off stiff competition from iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Colosseum.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 5th September 2016, 1:30 pm
Updated Monday, 5th September 2016, 2:31 pm
First Minister Arlene Foster joins celebrations with Titanic Belfasts vice-chairman Conal Harvey and chief executive Tim Husbands MBE
First Minister Arlene Foster joins celebrations with Titanic Belfasts vice-chairman Conal Harvey and chief executive Tim Husbands MBE

The accolade, which was presented at the prestigious World Travel Awards in Sardinia, Italy on Sunday, is yet another feather in the cap for an attraction that has quickly earned its reputation as a world-class venue.

It also marks the first time an attraction in Northern Ireland has won the coveted prize at the ceremony – which has been dubbed the ‘Tourism Oscars’ – in its 23-year history.

Titanic Belfast chief executive, Tim Husbands MBE, said it was a “true honour” to clinch the top spot ahead of other renowned attractions, including the Acropolis in Athens, the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, and London’s Buckingham Palace.

“We know what we offer at Titanic Belfast is something our city and country can be proud of and are so pleased that this is has been recognised on an international level,” he said.

First Minister Arlene Foster said that, in just four short years, Titanic Belfast has become an iconic attraction.

“Titanic Belfast is now a global brand which has put Northern Ireland on the map for all the right reasons, so Sunday night’s official confirmation that it is now Europe’s leading tourist attraction is well deserved,” the former tourism minister said.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness described the award as a “phenomenal achievement”, adding: “The story of the Titanic is known around the globe and it is only right and proper we have a world-class visitor attraction to match.”

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