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Titanic Belfast beats Eiffel Tower to be named Europe’s leading visitor attraction

The attraction saw off competition from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Buckingham Palace in London and the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

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TITANIC BELFAST HAS been named as Europe’s leading visitor attraction at the World Travel Awards.

It’s the first time an attraction in Northern Ireland has won the title in the awards’ 23-year history.

The museum scooped the prize at a ceremony in Sardinia, Italy last night.

It saw off competition from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, the Acropolis in Greece, Buckingham Palace in England, La Sagrada Familia in Spain, Ribeira do Porto in Portugal, the Eiffel Tower in France and the Roman Colosseum in Italy.

Tim Husbands MBE, Titanic Belfast’s chief executive, said the organisation is “absolutely thrilled” to have won the award after just four years in operation.

We know what we offer at Titanic Belfast is something our city and country can be proud of and are so pleased that this is has been recognised on an international level … We would like to thank everyone who has supported and voted for us.

First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster said: “In just four short years, Titanic Belfast has become an iconic tourist attraction, attracting over three million visitors from all over the world.

“Titanic Belfast is now a global brand which has put Northern Ireland on the map for all the right reasons so last night’s official confirmation that it is now Europe’s leading tourist attraction is well deserved.”

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