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Titanic website shows Belfast link

A Titanic website has been unveiled in New York.

It will profile Northern Ireland and its shipbuilding heritage and aims to attract thousands of tourists.

In 2012 tourism chiefs will highlight the centenary of the ocean liner's Atlantic sinking which saw 1,500 lives lost in April 1912.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "We have an exciting promotional programme in the pipeline in the run-up to the Titanic centenary, which kicked off this week with our major Experience Northern Ireland - Titanic And More showcase in New York.

"Our aim is to capitalise on the huge interest that exists among people around the world and to remind potential holidaymakers everywhere about Titanic's connection with Belfast and Northern Ireland."

The website will feature a series of short films promoting the link between the Titanic and Belfast.

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Culture, Arts and Leisure Minister Nelson McCausland attended a reception to promote destination Northern Ireland.

Ms Foster said: "The new Titanic website, developed by Tourism Ireland, has been developed to profile Northern Ireland and its shipbuilding heritage.

"It will showcase the full range of Northern Ireland related tourism products to a broad range of potential visitors, trade professionals and travel journalists."

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