Proclaiming itself as the ‘birthplace of Titanic’ has made Belfast a ‘must’ for travellers, with the northern region experiencing an influx of extra visitors this years.
Speaking to e-Travel Blackboard, Tourism Ireland chief executive Niall Gibbons explained that since the Titanic Exhibition launched earlier this year, visitor numbers had exceeded the 425,000 target to up to 700,000.
According to the chief executive, Australians ranked third in terms of international visitors, a figure that signified the interest and connection to the renowned ship.
“It [Belfast] has really come on in the last couple of years,” Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said.
“There’s no violence, which makes a big difference, plus you have the Titanic and it makes the whole north coast appealing.”
Minister Varadkar also told e-Travel Blackboard over the past few years Ireland has increasingly become more affordable, with a low inflation making it a great location for Australian travellers.
Hosting The Gathering this year, the Minister said Ireland was set to be “exciting” in 2013, with a jam-packed events calendar keeping travellers entertained.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J