Millions of TV viewers around the Middle East are set to see images of the Titanic visitor experience and Belfast this month, following the recent visit of a crew from Abu Dhabi TV.
Invited by Tourism Ireland in Dubai in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, the crew was here to capture footage for Al Mashaweer , an Arabic language travel programme which means ‘trips’. The programme, which will air in mid-June, will feature a tour of the Titanic Quarter with Susie Millar, great grand-daughter of Thomas Millar who was an engineer on board the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage. The tour included a visit to the Titanic and Olympic slipways, the Harland & Wolff Drawing Office and the Titanic Memorial at Belfast City Hall.
Abu Dhabi TV is regularly viewed by up to ten million people and is broadcast in Abu Dhabi and around the other GCC states, as well as in Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Amanda Burns, Tourism Ireland’s Manager Asia, said: “We are delighted that the Abu Dhabi TV crew has chosen to film in Belfast; it really is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the Titanic story to a wide audience in the Middle East and to give a preview of some of the plans for the Titanic Centenary in 2012. Media visits such as this help to keep Belfast, Northern Ireland and Titanic in the international spotlight, encouraging visitors from around the world to come and see where the whole Titanic story started. ”
Dania Khatib (presenter) and Aznag Abdel Wahed (director/camera man) of Abu Dhabi TV with Susie Millar (left) in the Harland & Wolff Drawing office at the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
For further information contact:
Elaine Moore / Clair Balmer, Tourism Ireland
Tel 028 7035 9260 Mob 077 6652 7719
Notes to Editors:
• Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
• Tourism is responsible for in excess of 4.9% of GDP in Northern Ireland and supports approximately 40,000 jobs.
• Approximately 1.4 million overseas visitors came to Northern Ireland in 2010.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.discoverireland.com; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.