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Published on : Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Kathy, who travelled to Belfast and Northern Ireland for the first time with her family, became Titanic Belfast’s latest milestone visitor when they booked tickets online for the experience which tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and tragic end.
The family were greeted with a VIP reception led by Belfast’s Lord Mayor and the attraction’s Chief Executive, Tim Husbands MBE, outside the iconic building, which represents the bow of the ship and is the same height of Titanic from keel to deck, before enjoying all it had to offer.
Families from across the worldjoined the cake cutting celebration at the world-class attraction, which has been described by TITANIC movie director, James Cameron as ‘magnificent and dramatic’.
Kathy Jefferson, said, “To be named Titanic Belfast’s three-millionth guest was a wonderful surprise and it certainly made it a very memorable trip. From the moment we arrived, the impressive building, located by the Slipways where she was built, told the story of Titanic, coupled with the galleries and SS Nomadic, Titanic’s tender ship – it was the ultimate Titanic Experience. There is no doubt that Titanic Belfast is a must-see for anyone visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland and Ireland.”
Tim Husbands MBE, Chief Executive of Titanic Belfast, commented, “Although the Titanic lies in 13,000 feet of water, the enduring story still captures minds and hearts throughout the world, Titanic Belfast is living proof of this. In the four years, we are delighted to have welcomed 3 million visitors from over 145 countries, who have discovered the story here in Belfast, the home of the Titanic!”
Since opening in 2012, the world-class attraction has welcomed many VIP guests includes Her Majesty The Queen, former US Secretary of State 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.
It 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.
It was recently nominated for the Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction in the World Travel Awards, competing against alongside Buckingham Palace, La Sagrada Familia, The Eiffel Tower and The Roman Colosseum. It has also been included in Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist of 500 of the world’s most striking locations, featuring everything from imposing temples to hidden gems, after only three years in operation and was named the ninth best rated museum in the UK Travellers’ Choice™ awards, announced by TripAdvisor.