Members of the board of Tourism Ireland enjoyed a ‘hard hat’ tour of the iconic Titanic Belfast building which is due to open in April 2012.
Speaking after the tour, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “It was very interesting for our board members to be brought up to speed on all that is happening in the Titanic Quarter in Belfast. With the countdown to 2012 and the centenary of Titanic now well under way, Tourism Ireland has put in place an extensive series of promotions and events to keep Belfast, Northern Ireland and Titanic in the international spotlight and to encourage people around the world to come and see where the whole story began.
“This iconic building has been described as Belfast’s Eiffel Tower and having just had a taste of what is in store for our overseas visitors, I know it will be a world-class and unique attraction and a wonderful addition to the tourism offering of Belfast and Northern Ireland.”
The board of Tourism Ireland took the opportunity while they were in Belfast to meet with various tourism representatives to discuss the forthcoming season and the extensive programme which Tourism Ireland has in place to promote Northern Ireland across the globe.
Tourism Ireland board members enjoyed a ‘hard hat’ tour of the iconic Titanic Belfast building.
They are pictured with Simon Gregory (2nd from left), Aubrey Irwin, (3rd from left)
and Shane Clarke (centre) – all Tourism Ireland; and Howard Hastings, Chairman of NITB.
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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, delivering revenue of approximately €256 million.
• 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.