Titanic Belfast has been crowned ‘World’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives.
Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe’s official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction, bringing the award back to UK after ten years.
With over 1 million votes cast from over 216 countries in the awards, known as the ‘Tourism Oscars’, Titanic Belfast was crowned as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. It beat off stiff competition from eight global finalists, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Las Vegas Strip, USA, Machu Picchu, Peru and Guinness Storehouse, Ireland. It is the first time an attraction from Northern Ireland has won this prestigious accolade.
Tim Husbands MBE, Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive, said; “Over the past few years, we have continued to go from strength to strength but to be voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction by both the industry and the public for excellence in tourism and for our original product, is really the jewel in our crown. We are delighted that this award firmly shines a spotlight not only on RMS Titanic Belfast but Belfast and Northern Ireland, and celebrates our authentic insight and connection to RMS Titanic. The Titanic story captures hearts and minds throughout the world and at Titanic Belfast, this is no exception. Our interpretation of the story and ability to engage with visitors on many different levels has been fundamental in winning this award. Through this award, we hope to attract more tourists to Northern Ireland to discover it. A huge thank you to our staff and all our supporters that voted, locally and across the world, to help us reach this iconic goal of being the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.”
The public, industry partners, well-known personalities, politicians, sports stars and businesses provided their support to crown the landmark as ‘King of the World’ on par with previous winners including the Taj Mahal, Las Vegas Strip and the Pyramids of Egypt.
Described by The Guardian as “an inspiring testament to the Titanic and the city that built it”, more than three million people from around the world have already visited Titanic Belfast since opening in 2012. For more information, visit www.titanicbelfast.com.
About Titanic Belfast
Titanic Belfast is an iconic six-floor building featuring nine interpretive and interactive galleries that explore the sights, sounds, smells and stories of Titanic, as well as the City and people which made her. It is the World’s Largest Titanic exhibition.
The building houses temporary exhibits, a banqueting suite, education and community facilities, catering and retail space, and a basement car park. Visitors learn about the construction of RMS Titanic and the wide and rich story of Northern Ireland’s industrial and maritime heritage.
Supported by the Northern Ireland Executive, Titanic Belfast is a unique public/private partnership funded by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Belfast City Council, Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter Ltd. It is operated by Titanic Belfast Ltd and owned by the Titanic Foundation Ltd.
About Titanic Foundation
Titanic Foundation Limited (TFL) is a registered charity, set up to educate the public on Belfast’s industrial and maritime heritage, past, present and future. Titanic Foundation’s ambition is to create a dynamic maritime destination where preservation of heritage complements regeneration and where public realm, events and amenities attract, engage and connects everyone in Belfast to Titanic’s narrative – human endeavour, pride, inspiration and innovation. To date TFL has delivered Titanic Belfast and is currently progressing the restoration of the former Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices and Headquarters Building as a heritage centre and boutique hotel. As part of Titanic Foundation’s remit to protect and promote the maritime and industrial heritage of Belfast it has taken on ownership of the SS Nomadic from April 2015.
- Titanic Belfast: www.titanicbelfast.com
- Belfast City Council: http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events/Event-36148.aspx
- Visit Belfast: http://visit-belfast.com/
- Titanic Quarter: http://www.titanic-quarter.com/news-events
- Tourism Northern Ireland: http://www.tourismni.com/
- Titanic Foundation Limited: http://www.titanic-foundation.org/
Titanic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, located on the spot where the famous ship was designed and launched, has been named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. To celebrate here are a few things you may not know about award-winning attraction:
- With over 1 million votes cast from over 216 countries in the awards, known as the ‘Tourism Oscars’, Titanic Belfast was crowned as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
- It beat off stiff competition from eight global finalists, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Las Vegas Strip, USA, Machu Picchu, Peru and Guinness Storehouse, Ireland.
- It is the first time an attraction from Ireland, North or South, has won this prestigious accolade.
- This was not the first round of the competition, Titanic Belfast had to triumph over the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, La Sagrada Familia, Spain, The Eiffel Tower, France, Acropolis, Athens, Buckingham Palace, England, Ribeira do Porto, Portugal, and The Roman Colosseum, Italy in its European heat, before getting to the world final.
- In four and half years, it has welcomed 3 million visitors from over 145 countries.
- It had its busiest day to date this August.
- Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.
- It is located at the sport where the Titanic was designed and launched – it only took 62 seconds to launch Titanic from the Slipways on 21st May 1911! On the same day, the Olympic, and the tender ships, Nomadic and Traffic left Belfast, drawing over 100,000 spectators and journalists travelling from London and America.
- It can hold over 3,547 visitors at any one time, the same number as the capacity of Titanic!
- Since opening, it has welcomed Her Majesty The Queen, former US Secretary of State and Presidental candidate Hillary Clinton, TITANIC director James Cameron, the discovery of Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and, as well as celebrities including Adele and Michael Bublé, to name a few.
- The world-class exhibition, which has been described as ‘magnificent and dramatic’ by TITANIC movie director, James Cameron.
- The building’s overall shape represents the bow of the ship and the hulls are the same height of Titanic from keel to Boat Deck!
- From the sky, the building is the shape of a star, which represents the White Star Line connection.
- The plaza surrounding the building is actually a map (one of the largest maps of the Northern Hemisphere at 10,000 m2) and follows the route of the Titanic from Belfast to South Hampton, Cobh towards its final resting place.
- The wooden benches encircling the building and are spaced in Morse code sequence. Moving clockwise around the plaza they read “DE (this is) MGY MGY MGY (Titanic’s call sign) CQD CQD SOS SOS CQD” – the distress message that Titanic sent after hitting an iceberg.
- Since opening, it has sold 338,000 postcards and over 20,000 Titanic snow globes!
- It has also sold over 73,000 Americanos, 65,000 Cappucinos and 60,000 Lattes!
To delve deeper, visit the home of the story – Titanic Belfast. The World’s Leading Tourist Attraction is easily accessible. For more information, visit www.titanicbelfast.com.
Originally posted on 9th December 2016 @ 11:49 am