Belfast becomes one of the world’s ‘fastest growing cruise destinations’
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A record number of luxury cruise ships have come to Belfast this year, making it one of the fastest growing cruise destinations in the world.
Almost 80,000 passengers and crew have sailed into Belfast this year on 43 different tourist ships. In recent years, numbers have soared. Next year, more than 50 are expected.
So what’s the big attraction?
The Giant’s Causeway, golf and Titanic Belfast are pulling in the visitors. However, there is also a human factor – curiosity. Curiosity is a huge driver for tourism. A lot of people are curious about Belfast and Northern Ireland.
The Glens of Antrim, the walls of Londonderry and Belfast’s shopping districts are also proving very popular.
Money has been invested in Belfast Harbour to ensure it can cope with the
increasingly large vessels sailing into the city, including the latest arrival,
the 113,000-tons Emerald Princess.
The Titanic Visitor Centre has attracted more than 500,000 visitors since it opened six months ago – double what was expected.
The cruise ship business alone is worth an estimated £15m a year to Northern Ireland’s economy.