02/07/2015

Tall Ships Back In Belfast

The Tall Ships are back in Belfast today for a four-day festival.

Belfast is the designated 'start port' for the Tall Ships Race 2015.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Jonathan Bell said the race offers another excellent opportunity to promote Belfast and Northern Ireland on a global scale.
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The Minister said: "The race includes 50 vessels, which will go on to visit six ports in five countries over the course of the competition. Before setting off, the ships will be berthed in and around Belfast Harbour and the Titanic Quarter forming part of a 'Titanic Maritime Festival' which will bring local Titanic and maritime history to life through a range of associated events and activities.

"For tourism in the short term, it is envisaged Tall Ships Races 2015 will generate 40,000 bed nights for the local area, with a direct economic impact of almost £5million. An event of this calibre showcases our capacity for hosting major events and promotes Belfast as a key tourist destination, encouraging visitors from inside and outside Northern Ireland to boost the local economy."

(CD/JP)

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