Top tour operators from Germany, the USA, Italy and New Zealand had the opportunity to preview the new Titanic Signature Building in Belfast, on a recent fact-finding trip themed around Northern Ireland’s maritime heritage.
Flown in by Tourism Ireland to participate in the Meet the Buyer workshop, which took place in Fermanagh, the tour operators had a chance to experience at first-hand the Titanic Drawing Rooms, Titanic’s Dock and Pump House and Belfast City Hall, and also enjoyed a visit to MV Confiance – Northern Ireland’s first floating visitor attraction!
The visit was organised by Tourism Ireland in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.
International tour operators explored Belfast’s maritime heritage, enjoying a hard-hat tour of the Titanic Signature Building which is due to open in 2012; pictured are (l-r) Fiona Dunne, Tourism Ireland; Daisy Melwani, e-Travel Blackboard (Australia); and Robert Cusack, Go Global Travel Group (USA).
For further information:
Elaine Moore/Clair Balmer Tourism Ireland
Tel: 028 7035 9260 Mob: 07766 527719
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 45 different websites, providing information in 19 different languages covering every continent. In 2010 discoverireland.com attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.