Belfast rated as emerging tourist spot

Published Tuesday, 13 November 2012
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Belfast has made a list of Europe's top 10 travel destinations 'on the rise' on an influential tourist website.

Belfast rated as emerging tourist spot
The Titanic dock is listed as a must-see tourist destination on the site. (© Getty)

The dock where the Titanic was built is among must-see attractions listed by influential travellers' website Tripadvisor.

The company recognised destinations that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from travellers year on year.

The city was ranked eighth in the table, with Kiev in Ukraine finishing top.

It is also rated sixth in the top ten UK destinations.

The website states: "With feelings of optimism and life pulsing through the city, Belfast makes for an energising getaway."

The city marked the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic earlier this year with the opening of a visitors' centre overlooking the harbour and a series of special commemorative events.

Other places noted by Tripadvisor include the Ulster Folk Museum and Belfast Cathedral.

The website highlighted Belfast's "award-winning" restaurants, bars, clubs, galleries and theatres.
Other UK destinations in the European top 10 included Liverpool, Manchester and Glasgow.

Belfast has grown into a cosmopolitan destination and become a popular weekend break spot.


Gerry Lennon, chief executive of Belfast Visitor & Convention Bureau (BVCB), said: "Belfast now has an excellent competitive position across the UK, Ireland and Europe as a must-visit destination of distinction and this new award demonstrates that yet again.

"We are delighted to be included among the destinations on the rise in Europe and the UK in what has been a momentous and 'Titanic' year for the city."

He said there had been significant investment and the development of existing and new tourist attractions such as Titanic Belfast, the MAC, the Lyric Theatre, and the Ulster Museum and headline-grabbing global events such as the MTV European Music Awards.

He added the city is attracting and welcoming increasing numbers of visitors drawn by a mixture of curiosity and desire to see the city's unique experiences.

Destinations on the rise were determined by Tripadvisor by assessing traveller feedback quality through reviews and opinions on destination accommodations, restaurants and attractions as well as the level of interest through clicks on TripAdvisor.

Data was analysed from September 2011 to September 2012.

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Comments Comments
Lee in Belfast wrote (809 days ago):
i thought aprils fools day was over.
S.B. in Belfast wrote (810 days ago):
Really? They must be putting on different workers for tourists! I am from Belfast and think the customer service in many shops, bars and restaurants here is abolutely dreadful compared to other places like Glasgow or Liverpool where you get a please and thank you in most establshments. There is this 'I really can't be bothered' air and extremely ignorant attitude amongst many shop workers and hospitality industry people here who think they are doing you a favour. A lot of bar/restaurant staff love winding people up by keeping them waiting or ignoring them while those huffy wee girls of 18 - 25 behind shop tills who dump change back in your hand with mouths full of chewing gum really annoy me.
Paul in Belfast wrote (810 days ago):
Hooray Now let the clubs and pubs open later! And maybe just maybe, employment will increase, and tourism will flourish further. Oh and while your at it increase the length of the runway at George Best Airport, And by the way i live in Connsbrook Avenue directly under the flightpath, every time i see or hear a plane flying over my house i don't worry about the noise, i think of the money that people who are on the aircraft are bringing to our city Maybe the people who have blocked the decision to lengthen the runway should consider that
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