According to a statement published on TitanicBelfast.com, a report has stated that Titanic Belfast has generated an estimated £430 million in direct spend for the Northern Ireland economy since it opened in 2012.
According to the statement published on TitanicBelfast.com, the report was carried out by Deloitte Northern Ireland, and close to 6.5 million individuals from more than 145 countries have visited Titanic Belfast to date.
Statement By Titanic Belfast Chief Executive
The statement published on TitanicBelfast.com included a statement from Titanic Belfast chief executive Judith Owens MBE that said, "As part of the 10th birthday celebrations, we are delighted to announce a multi-million pound gallery refreshment programme which will deliver a world-class spectacle by combining innovative technology with the authentic Titanic story to deliver an enriched, emotive and immersive visitor experience which will sustain Titanic Belfast as a must see global attraction for years to come.
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"Since opening on Saturday 31st March 2012, Titanic Belfast has gone from strength to strength and played a key role in the resurgence of tourism, not only for Belfast and Northern Ireland, but for the island of Ireland as a whole. In the last 10 years, we have firmly established ourselves on the local, national and international stage, winning a host of prestigious accolades including being named as the world’s leading tourist attraction.
"82% of visitors come from outside of Northern Ireland demonstrating the important driver this iconic building plays for inbound tourism. Titanic Belfast has not only driven leisure tourism but has been fundamental in reinvigorating Belfast's event industry as one of the city's signature venues having hosted over 3,000 business and leisure events. We are firmly committed to preserving the authenticity of Belfast's maritime and industrial heritage and in playing a pivotal role in the regrowth of local tourism post-pandemic, particularly as international travel resumes."
Statement By Maritime Belfast Trust CEO
The statement published on TitanicBelfast.com also included a statement from Maritime Belfast Trust chief executive officer Kerrie Sweeney that said, "On behalf of Maritime Belfast Trust we would like to congratulate Titanic Belfast on reaching this 10 year milestone as well generating the local economic impact of £430 million. Located at the heart of Belfast's Maritime Mile it plays a key part in making our iconic waterfront a vibrant, accessible heritage destination.
"Alongside Titanic Belfast, we are delighted to announce plans for the Gallery Refreshment programme in 2023, our most ambitious project and largest single investment to date. Delivered through the Titanic Belfast Gallery Refreshment Fund, it will ensure Titanic Belfast maintains standout, remains a catalyst and key enabler for the regrowth of the tourism industry, driving visitors to Belfast, Northern Ireland and from international markets.
"We look forward to working with Titanic Belfast, Opera Amsterdam and Studio Louter on the delivery of the project which will enable Titanic Belfast to continue to push boundaries and maintain international standout, whilst preserving our rich maritime heritage for current and future generations to enjoy."
According to the statement published on TitanicBelfast.com, Titanic Belfast, following an international tender competition, has appointed Opera Amsterdam and Studio Louter to design and deliver the gallery project.
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