Belfast Telegraph

Titanic Belfast boss Tim Husbands leaves job for new role in the Republic

By John Mulgrew

The boss of Titanic Belfast is moving on from the top post to take on the running of a top 17th century Irish estate and tourist attraction.

Tim Husbands has been named chief executive of Westport House, in Co Mayo.

He has headed up Titanic Belfast since 2011, and was previously in charge of the Waterfront and Ulster Hall in Belfast.

Owen Hughes, director of the Hughes Group, which runs Westport House, said: “This marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for Westport House and Hotel Westport.

“Tim Husbands brings vast tourism, capital project and industry experience and ability, and is the ideal person to build a leading, recognisable international brand and destination here in Westport. We look forward to working with him”.

Tim Husbands, said: "Titanic Belfast has proved to be a shining example of how a significant tourism investment combined with passion and belief can be a catalyst for economic growth and help positively position a destination on the worldwide stage. I’m very proud of all that Titanic Belfast has achieved in its first five years.

"Most notably, being named the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the World Travel Awards, which truly is testament to the amazing team that I’ve had the privilege to work with.

"Over the past 25 years, it has been an honour to play a role in the transformation of Belfast into a destination of choice for both leisure and business tourists. It is a fantastic city and I’m sure it and Northern Ireland will go from strength-to-strength.

"Moving to take up the challenge at Westport House and Hotel Westport will provide me with an opportunity to work with another new key tourism project that has the potential to impact positively on the continued development of Westport and Mayo as a tourist destination.”

Titanic Belfast welcomed almost 440,000 through its doors between April and August. That's up from 360,000 in 2016.

"Growth has increased year-on-year in all key markets and to date 2017 has seen a 31% increase in visitors from England and 16% from the Republic of Ireland," it said.

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