Titanic Belfast reaches 2 million visitors
A leading Belfast attraction has warmly welcomed its two-millionth visitor, giving its staff a very merry Christmas.
Titanic Belfast opened just 32 months ago at the birthplace of the world's most famous ship and now boasts being the number one tourist attraction in Northern Ireland.
The museum is a nine-gallery exhibition that tells the story of the Titanic and Belfast's maritime history.
Today visitor number two million walked through the door in the form of Michael Sweeney, a 25-year-old accountant from north Belfast.
"I feel like the king of the world"' he said, quoting Leonardo DiCaprio from the 1997 film, Titanic.
"It's great to be the two-millionth visitor to Titanic Belfast. I have been looking forward to visiting for quite a while and now I won't forget my first visit. This is an amazing attraction - something everyone in Northern Ireland should be rightfully proud of."
Titanic Belfast CEO Tim Husbands MBE, said: "It seems like only yesterday that Titanic Belfast opened and helped turn the city into a major player in the global tourism market. We are three months short of our third birthday and already we are celebrating our two-millionth visitor. This is a tremendous achievement."
Belfast Lord Mayor, Nichola Mallon said it's great news for the city: "Titanic Belfast has played a significant role in the transformation of Belfast and we look forward to welcoming many more millions of visitors in the future."
Interesting Titanic Belfast statistics:
Number of Titanic teas: 86,240
Number of coffees: 124,842
Bottles of champagne: 1,777
Bottles of beer: 16,562
Titanic magnets: 58,349
Titanic t-shirts: 12,692
Belfast Telegraph Digital