28/03/2012

Titanic Gears Up To Welcome The World

With just a few days until it opens at noon on Saturday March 31st, Titanic Belfast has revealed that almost 100,000 tickets have been pre-sold for its first year of operation.

While a limited number of tickets will be available for walk-up visitors, Titanic Belfast expects there to be huge demand, particularly during the opening weekend and centenary period. Where possible the public are being advised to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and to remember that Titanic Belfast will be open all year round.

It has also been confirmed that the building will be opened by local dignitaries in a simple ceremony reminiscent of RMS Titanic’s own launch.

Tim Husbands, Titanic Belfast’s CEO, said: "The vision for Titanic Belfast has been the best part of a decade in creation and now, with only a few days to go, Belfast has a stunning new addition to its skyline which will help put Northern Ireland on the international tourist trail.

"Pre-opening ticket sales for our first year are now approaching 100,000 – well ahead of expectations – and over the next few months we will be welcoming visitors from the four corners of the world as well as every corner of the UK and Ireland.

"Belfast gave the world Titanic, but now it’s time to bring the world back to Belfast – not just this April but for the 362 days which Titanic Belfast will be open during the year.

"Given the stunning visual appearance of Titanic Belfast we’re letting the building speak for itself on March 31st, with a simple ceremony, marked by the firing of two flares - as was the case when Titanic was launched. Other major events such as one of the world’s largest lighting shows and an MTV concert will take place during the Titanic Festival in April."

Responding to the large-scale interest which Titanic Belfast has generated, its operators have also provided details for those planning to visit the attraction and attend events taking place in Titanic Quarter during the upcoming three-week festival.

Judith Owens, Titanic Belfast’s Operations Director, said: "On opening day and throughout the centenary period in April there will be significant interest in visiting Titanic Belfast. Although tickets will be available every day, I strongly encourage people to purchase tickets online or by phone through the Belfast Welcome Centre to avoid disappointment. Although online tickets for opening day have been sold out, walk-up tickets will be available throughout the day from noon.

"In addition there will also be a number of events taking place in and around Titanic Belfast during the course of the Titanic Festival including international markets, music, street theatre and other free-of-charge family activities.

"The atmosphere promises to be very special and we encourage people to come down and enjoy this historic moment, but also to take time to plan their journey - whether that be by car, public transport or foot – check travel information prior to leaving, pre-book tickets wherever possible and follow guidance from stewards on the day."

(GK)

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