Titanic centre offers free tickets as countdown to opening ticks away
It's just 100 days until the new £90m Titanic centre opens to the public.
To celebrate, Titanic Belfast is offering Christmas shoppers in Belfast 100 free tickets.
The first 50 people arriving at Belfast Welcome Centre on Donegall Place in the city centre between 4pm-5pm today will win a pair of tickets to the attraction.
Nearly 35,000 Titanic enthusiasts have pre-ordered tickets to tour the new visitor attraction dedicated to the doomed liner, with 400,000 expected to pay a visit in its first year.
The eye-catching building, which is made up of 3,000 aluminium panels shaped like the vessel's hull, has been built on the spot where the liner was first rolled into the water in 1911. It will welcome visitors two weeks ahead of commemorations across Belfast to remember Titanic's sinking, with the loss of more than 1,500 lives, on her maiden Atlantic voyage in April 1912.
Earlier this month, the Northern Ireland Audit Office voiced concern about whether the complex will attract enough visitors in the long term. But the operators of the new centre have rejected such claims.
Claire Bradshaw, head of sales and marketing at Titanic Belfast, said: “”In just 100 days from now, Titanic Belfast will officially open and Belfast can reclaim its place at the centre of one of the most captivating global stories in history.”.