Belfast has scooped the top accolade of Best UK City award at the Guardian and Observer Travel Awards for the very first time.
The annual awards recognise excellence across the tourism industry, and are voted for by readers of both the Guardian and the Observer newspapers. Although this is the first time Belfast has won the award, it has previously been listed in the top five on several occasions, most recently in 2009.
Gerry Lennon, Chief Executive of Visit Belfast, said:
“Belfast is now successfully competing on a world stage with our sales and marketing plans delivering increased market share of city break, conference and cruise visitors each year.”
“Investment and vision have been key to Belfast’s success and the city now offers world-class visitor attractions and events, great local food, from Michelin star restaurants to gastro pubs, and award-winning markets.
“With so many reasons to visit, and a warm welcome guaranteed, it is wonderful to see the city’s tourism sector recognised through this award.”
With recent Michelin Star awarded Belfast restaurants Ox and Deanes Eipic leading the way for Belfast’s foodie renaissance; star attractions such as the Titanic Belfast and Ulster Museum; scenic walking routes such as the Lagan Towpath and revamped shopping centres throughout the city (to name just a few attractions) – we can’t say we’re surprised!