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Visits to Belfast tourism centre increase by 96%

Belfast's main tourist information centre has recorded its busiest fortnight since opening twelve years ago.

The Belfast Welcome Centre — which offers advice on what to see and do from its Donegall Place office — said its total of walk-in visits during the first two weeks in April jumped by 96% on the same period the year before.

Phone enquiries increased by 163% while overall tourist enquiries went up by 103%.

The centre said the figures provide “an early and reliable barometer of Belfast’s tourism performance”.

The record fortnight covers the Easter break and the opening of the new Titanic Belfast tourist attraction and part of the Titanic centenary commemorations

The team at the Belfast Welcome Centre handled almost 30,000 enquiries within the first fortnight of April, breaking all records for Easter business since it opened in 2000.

Mary Jo McCanny from the Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau said: “Our team of travel advisors pulled out all the stops to ensure that each visitor was given the warmest of Belfast welcomes and that a first-class level of service was delivered to maximise visitor satisfaction.

“It’s been phenomenally busy and it’s great to have played our part.”

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