Having already beaten the Colosseum, the Acropolis and the Eiffel Tower to become Europe's official Leading Tourist Attraction, Titanic Belfast sailed its way to victory to become the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
With over 1 million votes cast from over 216 countries in the red-carpet awards, known as the ‘Tourism Oscars’, Titanic Belfast was crowned as the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction. It beat off stiff competition from eight global finalists, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the Las Vegas Strip, USA, Machu Picchu, Peru and Guinness Storehouse, Ireland. It is the first time an attraction from Ireland has won this prestigious accolade.
Tim Husbands MBE, Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive, said; “We are delighted to be have been voted the World’s Leading Tourist Attraction by both the industry and the public for our original and unparalleled product in just under five years! Just like TITANIC, the movie, we have won many awards but this award is our Oscar and jewel in our crown. There is no doubt that the story of RMS Titanic captures hearts and minds throughout the world and this award proves the lasting legacy. Arguably more emotive than the movie is the full Titanic story at Titanic Belfast, which traces the story of the ship from design through to its tragic end in a very authentic way on the exact sport where she was built.”
The public, industry partners, well-known personalities, politicians, sports stars and businesses provided their support to crown the landmark as ‘King of the World’ on par with previous winners including the Taj Mahal, Las Vegas Strip and the Pyramids of Egypt.
Described by The Guardian as "an inspiring testament to the Titanic and the city that built it", more than three million people from around the world have already visited Titanic Belfast since opening in 2012, including many VIP guests such as Her Majesty The Queen, former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, TITANIC director James Cameron, the discovery of Titanic, Dr Robert Ballard, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and, as well as celebrities including Adele and Michael Bublé, to name a few.
Titanic Belfast not only tells the story of Titanic but is home to some of the most significant Titanic artefacts, including the last letter ever to be written on board the Titanic by Essex-born Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva and the SS Nomadic, the last remaining White Star Line artefact.