Belfast is One of Fodor’s Top 21 Destinations in the World for 2012

16 Jan 2012

Belfast has been listed as one of Fodor’s ‘Places to go in 2012’. The list of top destinations for 2012 has just been published online by Fodor’s, the world’s largest publisher of English language travel and tourism information.

The list highlights ‘21 places to go in 2012’ and includes other happening locations such as Cuba, Budapest, Milan, London and Charleston, USA. The guide recommends visiting Belfast in 2012 to see the new Titanic Belfast as well as the Crown Bar; and a tour along the Antrim Coast, stopping off at the Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

Welcoming the news that Belfast has made it on to the list, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “This is a great accolade for Belfast from the highly regarded travel company, Fodor. The timing couldn’t be better as we roll out our busiest programme of promotions ever for Northern Ireland across the US and our other key markets around the world. The US is one of our top markets for overseas visitors to Northern Ireland and Fodor is a very influential name for people, particularly in that market.

“This accolade, combined with the exciting programme of events planned for NI2012 and the opening of iconic new attractions like Titanic Belfast, will help to to confidently put Belfast and Northern Ireland on the global stage, to capture and hold the focus of world attention for all the most positive reasons. The superb programme of new attractions, events and historic anniversaries taking place this year will stimulate interest in Northern Ireland and help define what makes us different and why overseas visitors should choose to come here.” 

Belfast’s entry and the full list can be viewed at


Further media 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.
• By the end of 2011, approximately 1.51 million overseas visitors will have come to Northern Ireland (+6% on 2010), delivering revenue of approximately £340 million.
• Tourism Ireland’s international website is; there are 42 different websites, providing information in 14 different languages covering every continent.  In 2010 attracted almost 12 million unique visitors.



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