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Titanic Belfast centre adds 30 staff 'due to busy period'

By Rachel Martin

Titanic Belfast has announced it will take on another 30 members of hospitality staff.

The centre recently brought its hospitality services in-house after it ended a partnership with its catering company.

Previously hospitality at the centre had been handled by Dublin firm Fitzers.

The company was responsible for Galley Cafe and Bistro 401 which are also based in the centre.

The roles at the centre - which is the world's largest Titanic museum - will be across all areas of the hospitality department servicing the centre's event suites as well as Bistro 401 and The Galley Cafe. The centre counts the Queen, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Titanic movie director James Cameron and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among those to have dined in its ballroom.

In 2014-15, visitor numbers rose to 625,000, with three-quarters of visitors coming from outside Northern Ireland - 45,000 more than the target set by directors.

Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said: "We are preparing for a busy event season ahead, and are adding staff to our established integrated team.

"We value our staff as one of our key assets and reasons for success. To ensure our world-class standards are met and maintained, all Titanic Belfast employees go through a robust preparation programme, including substantial on the job and bespoke customer service training."

In its first three years, Titanic Belfast generated £105m in additional tourism spend for the Northern Ireland economy and has sustained around 893 jobs.

Last year, Titanic Belfast Ltd - which is responsible for running the visitor attraction - also took over SS Nomadic.

The attraction was recently awarded a 'Gold Standard' Investor in People accreditation.

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