Titanic Belfast has been named the number one visitor attraction in Europe at this year’s World Travel Awards.

The awards took place in Italy at the weekend, and Titanic Belfast took top spot, beating the likes of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Buckingham Palace in London, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Acropolis in Athens and the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

Press Release Image Photographer William Cherry / Press Eye Thursday 1st September 2016 First Minister Arlene Foster joins celebrations with Titanic Belfast's Vice-Chairman Conal Harvey (left) and Chief Executive Tim Husbands MBE (centre), as it is named as Europe's Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards

First Minister Arlene Foster joins celebrations with Titanic Belfast’s Vice-Chairman Conal Harvey (left) and Chief Executive Tim Husbands MBE (centre), as it is named as Europe’s Leading Visitor Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards. Photographer William Cherry / Press Eye

 

Titanic Belfast Chief Executive, Tim Husbands MBE, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be Europe’s Best Tourist Attraction. After only four years in operation, to be recognised and beat off stiff competition from Europe’s most iconic landmarks is a true honour.”

John McGrillen, Chief Executive Tourism NI, said: “The Titanic Belfast team has exceeded our expectations in terms of creating a step change for tourism in Northern Ireland and a catalyst for wider economic growth in Belfast and beyond”.

 

 

Since opening in 2012, Titanic Belfast has established itself as a world-class attraction on the local, national and international stage, and continues to go from strength to strength.

In August Titanic Belfast welcomed visitor number 3,000,000 during a record-breaking month for the tourist attraction.

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