Today, we at Titanic Belfast have welcomed our five-millionth visitor!
Rita Lynch from Sligo, had travelled to Belfast for the first time since 1983 specifically to experience Titanic Belfast, and was greeted with a VIP reception, led by our Chief Executive, Judith Owens, alongside Tourism NI’s Chief Executive, John McGrillen.
She now joins many VIP guests including Her Majesty The Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, TITANIC director James Cameron and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as celebrities including Adele and Michael Bublé, to name a few.
We have reached this milestone following our busiest Q1 and Q2 to date, with an 8% year-on year increase in visitor numbers, specifically from international markets, including North America, mainland Europe and China.
Judith Owens, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, commented, “Although Titanic lies beneath 13,000 feet of water, the enduring story still captures minds and hearts throughout the world and Titanic Belfast having now welcomed over 5 million visitors is living proof of this.”
“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. We will not be resting on our laurels and will continue to put Belfast on the map as home of the RMS Titanic.”
John McGrillen, Tourism NI’s Chief Executive, said, “At Tourism NI, we are proud of the key role we played in the development of Titanic Belfast. It has been a catalyst for wider economic growth in Belfast and has truly changed Northern Ireland’s tourism footprint.”
“2017 was another record year for tourism as we welcomed almost 5 million visitors to Northern Ireland and signs for 2018 bode well for another significant year. World-class attractions such as Titanic Belfast are key to ensuring our continued success in growing our visitor numbers, particularly within our international markets.”
Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation Limited, the charity that owns our iconic building, commented, “Titanic Belfast has surpassed all expectations as a driver for Northern Ireland tourism, generating £160 million in additional tourism spend in its first five years. More importantly, it continues to play a special role in preserving a significant part of Belfast’s maritime heritage, keeping the Titanic story alive for future generations in an innovative way.”
To celebrate reaching the five-million mark, we’ve taken a look at our top five things to experience when you visit, according to our millions of guests...
- The Shipyard Ride
Exploring the sights, sounds, smells and stories of shipyard, as well as the City and people which built RMS Titanic on the Shipyard Ride is the star attraction within the Titanic Experience.
- The Fit Out
The interactive exhibits reliving the splendor of the RMS Titanic fit out from and journeys through, the ship’s engine rooms, working interiors, the opulent dining areas and deck promenade should not be missed, as well as the exact replicas of the cabins.
- The Immersive Theatre
Travelling to the depths of the ocean and discovering Titanic’s final resting place through the glass floor proves popular with kids and adults alike.
- SS Nomadic
Famous as a tender for Titanic, and a quarter of her size in every dimension, guests love walking in the footsteps of Titanic passengers on board SS Nomadic, whilst marveling at the original ornate doors, panels, plasterwork and staircases.
- The Discovery Tour
Last but definitely not least, the guided walking tour that goes back in time and explores the famous barrel-vaulted Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices where Titanic and the rest of the mighty 'Olympic' class ships were designed, the slipways and brings the story up to date explaining significance of Titanic Belfast’s poignant façade is the must-do for visitors!
If you would like to come along and explore them for yourself, make sure you book your tickets online in advance here