Titanic Belfast has been crowned World’s Leading Tourist Attraction at the prestigious World Travel Awards in the Maldives. 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, bringing the award back to UK after ten years.
Fans of the hit TV series Game of Thrones can follow in the footsteps of the show’s characters and actors at Ballygally Castle, Northern Ireland. Part of the Hastings Hotels group, the hotel features a Game of Thrones Afternoon Tea, Valyrian Steel Style Carving Knives, and a special door which was part of Tourism Ireland’s recent Game of Thrones campaign.
Passengers are experiencing delays at Belfast International Airport after a freight plane got stuck on the runway. Officials closed the runway for a short time before reopening it at for arrivals at 09:00 BST. However, knock-on delays are expected.
Virgin Atlantic is celebrating the first of its new summer flights between Belfast and Orlando and has also confirmed the return of the route for next year. The weekly service from Northern Ireland to the Sunshine State will continue for four weeks this summer.
KLM began its new daily flight service from George Best Belfast City Airport earlier, marking the airline’s 17 departure point in the UK and Ireland. The route offers Belfast passengers convenient access to KLM’s worldwide network of over 200 destinations, in more than 100 countries, via the award-winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Routes Europe will return to the United Kingdom in 2017 when the 12th annual event takes place on April 23rd-25th 2017 in Belfast at the Waterfront Conference Centre. The venue is expected to complete its state of the art £30 million extension in the summer of 2016 ahead of the event. Routes Europe, which is the largest regional Routes event, will be hosted by Invest Northern Ireland and Visit Belfast and supported by a wide range of stakeholders including; Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Belfast City Council, Belfast International Airport and George Best Belfast City Airport.
One of Europe’s largest airline groups, Air France KLM, is to commence operations from Northern Ireland. George Best Belfast City Airport is the only airport in the UK or Ireland included in expansion plans announced today by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines who will commence a daily service to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport from May 2015.
Air Passenger Duty on direct long-haul routes from Northern Ireland airports is to be cut. The direct long-haul rate of APD will fall to the lower short-haul rate - £12 per passenger in economy and £24 for business and first class passengers, chancellor George Osborne confirmed earlier.
The Northern Island Tourism Board is to provide £9 million to support the building of a new visitors’ centre at Giant’s Causeway. The previous centre at the causeway – the most popular attraction in Northern Ireland - was destroyed by fire in 2000, with temporary facilities in place since.
Breaking Travel News interviews Simon Gregory, Director Band Development & Markets, Tourism Ireland at World Travel Market 2007 on the promotion of the whole island’s tourism product as well as the growing interest in Northern Ireland.