Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Tall Ships festival brought £17m boost to Belfast

Almost £17 million was spent during the Tall Ships festival in Northern Ireland.
Almost £17 million was spent during the Tall Ships festival in Northern Ireland.
Race start Antwerp 2004
Cuauhtemoc crew man the yards as they arrive in Stockholm
Crowds visiting the Tall Ships Races fleet in Bergen
Mir (Russia) in Alicante Parade of Sail 2007
HRH the Duke of Edinburgh meets captains of vessels taking part in the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races
Bon voyage to the Tall Ships
250,000 people thronged to shoreline viewing points to watch the farewell Parade of Sail which included the famous ‘Bounty’ ship
A spectacular departure as the Tall Ships leave Belfast yesterday
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Tall Ships, Belfast, 2009
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Couple: Stephen and Corrine after their journey across the Atlantic
Shiver me timbers: Nine-year-old Jack Bennett from Killyleagh in pirate costume for the Tall Ships yesterday
Sunset scene: The Tall Ships are aglow with lights as dusk falls over the Lagan last night
Young people from Canada get their first glimpse of Belfast from the yardarm of the Tall Ship Europa
Europa manoeuvres before tying up at Queen's Quay
Pulling the crowds: The festival hadn't even begun yesterday and already there were hundreds of people thronging Queen's Quay for a look at the Tall Ships as they moored in Belfast
Three of the Tall Ships leave Ballycastle harbour past Fair Head as they set sail for Belfast
Mir at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Cuauhtemoc (Mexico) at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Jolie Brise (UK) at the race start off, Northern Ireland
Stavros S Niarchos in front of the Royal Liver Building, Liverpool Parade of Sail
Libertad (Argentina) at the race start, Toulon
Palinuro (Italy) and Amerigo Vuspucci at race start, Toulon
Capitan Miranda (Uruguay) Barcelona Parade of Sail
Tall Ships in Arhus 2007
Alexander von Humboldt and Danmark at La Coruna race start 2006
Class A race start at La Coruna
Christian Radich at La Coruna race start
John Laing and Sagres in the Cadiz Parade of Sail
Patrulla Aguila Air Display over the 50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet in Cadiz
50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet leaving Lisbon in a Parade of Sail
50th Anniversary Tall Ships Races fleet leaving Lisbon in a Parade of Sail

Almost £17 million was spent during the Tall Ships festival in Northern Ireland.

The maritime boost was enough to sustain 902 jobs with almost half a million people attending last August's Belfast celebrations, Belfast City Council said.

The four-day event in the docks area featured concerts, fireworks and continental markets as well as the fleet of ships.

Around 40 Tall Ships dropped anchor in Belfast as part of a race across the Atlantic and back which is staged every eight to ten years - the last race was in 2000 and the last time it visited Belfast was in 1991.

Belfast City Council contributed £1.1 million towards a total cost of £2.4 million.

Fast food stalls, funfair and markets lined the waterfront and visitors travelled from across Ireland - around three quarters of a million people attended some element of the event, with almost a quarter of a million from outside Northern Ireland.

The economic impact on Belfast alone was over £15 million with spend from audiences around Belfast Lough during the parade of sail back out to sea or early arrivals in other ports pushing the final figure closer to £17 million.

The council, in minutes drawn up by a sub-committee which have to be cleared by the full plenary next month, said 94% of visitors rated the event positively.

It also left a new marina at Abercorn Basin near the Odyssey which will be used for future marine events.

The council's development committee agreed in principal to submit a bid to host a Tall Ships race in 2015.

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