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Titanic Belfast welcomes over 841,500 visitors

Attraction: Titanic Belfast
Attraction: Titanic Belfast
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Titanic Belfast has said it has welcomed 841,563 visitors over the last year - beating the numbers achieved when it opened in 2012 to mark the centenary of the ship.

Visitor numbers were up 13% year-on-year at the attraction, while numbers were 4% higher than 2012.

And the organisation said it had played a key role in the growth of tourism in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement 20 years ago.

Judith Owens, Titanic Belfast's chief executive, said: "Since we opened in 2012, we have continued to go from strength to strength, having now welcomed over 4.4 million visitors from over 145 different countries. The year 2017/18 has been a very strong year for us, with a 13% increase in visitors year on year. Now over 85% of our visitors are coming from outside Northern Ireland and one in five people are now visiting Ireland because of Titanic Belfast. We, alongside Belfast and Northern Ireland, are firmly on the global tourism map and we have plenty more to give."

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI, said the attraction had been a "catalyst for economic growth" in the city.

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