Belfast rated popular Valentine's spot

Published Monday, 11 February 2013
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Belfast has ranked among the most popular locations for Valentine's Day getaways, beating traditional romantic spots such as Venice or Paris.

Belfast rated popular Valentine's spot
Belfast was rated as a popular destination in a passenger poll. (© UTV)

A poll by London Gatwick airport has found travellers favouring Belfast, Edinburgh and Dublin as top places for their romantic breaks.

Venice, Rome and Paris all failed to make it into the top ten list of Valentine's destinations.

Instead, Edinburgh, Belfast and Dublin all feature in the most popular choices for getaways.

The most popular destination for those flying from Gatwick this week is Geneva followed by Amsterdam, with Edinburgh third, Belfast seventh and Dublin eighth.

Other top destinations include Barcelona, Grenoble and Dubai.

Nearly half a million passengers are expected to pass through the airport during Valentine's week.

Gatwick's terminals operations chief Nick Henderson said: "As usual, European mini break destinations are proving popular but it's interesting to see less traditional cities, like Belfast, hitting the spot for Valentine's breaks this year."

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12 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (580 days ago):
popular Valentine's spot?? hahahahaha, it's more like Jurassic Park!! here, that's an idea - what's the phone number for Invest NI? :)
Mark in Belfast wrote (580 days ago):
To be brutally honest, We don't have anywhere here that can hold a candle to Edinburgh and the beautiful north of Scotland. We often read about how beautiful Northern Ireland is, I wonder if the authors of these comments have been to Scotland, it totally leaves us in the shade.
william in coleraine wrote (581 days ago):
yeah ryan or you could watch the annual sectarian riot at ardoyne or enjoy security alerts by republicans. or enjoy the one sided hypocrisy of sinn fein/ira or meet IRA punishment shooting victims young and old
John-Po in Belfast wrote (582 days ago):
Yes, head to belfast for a romantic weekend, theres so much to do: Bring your lover along to a loyalist "fleg" protest, then listen to the infinite wisdom of Willie Frazer, Jamie Bryson and BNP's Jim Dowson doing their speeches. Then have a romantic meal in the city centre while watching a loyalist riotors attacking PSNI officers while waving their Union flags. And to top the special day off, spend a romantic night in one of Belfasts best hotels with the sound of a police helicopter hoovering overhead for the rest of the night. It'll be a weekend you'll cherish for the rest of your life.
Colin in North Belfast wrote (582 days ago):
"Come to Belfast - celebrate your love in the context of mindless tribalism and casual violence!"
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