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Titanic Belfast has today welcomed Ciara Harmon from Co Kildare as its one millionth ticket-holder 16 months after the attraction was opened.
Harmon’s family ticket was pre-booked as part of a day-trip to Belfast with her husband John and children Nicole (16) and Aaron (12).
Ciara Harmon was greeted at Titanic Belfast today by CEO Tim Husbands and the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
Titanic Belfast celebrated her arrival with live music, free gifts for visitors and a Cool FM outside broadcast featuring Titanic Belfast competitions and giveaways.
The visitor experience attraction, which was opened during the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912, has drawn in visitors from 145 countries around the world.
Last September, it welcomed its 500,000th visitor, Canadian citizen Lynda Price, who was born in east Belfast.
“It’s amazing to think that Titanic Belfast recently welcomed its 500,000th visitor, and now we have the milestone one-millionth ticket bought,” said Husbands.
“Once again, and ahead of time, our own expectations have been exceeded, and we are very proud to host Ciara Harmon and her family, along with all of our guests on a momentous occasion for Titanic Belfast.
“One million visitors have come from 145 countries to walk through the world’s largest Titanic exhibition. Those numbers are testament to the appeal of Titanic, and the appeal of Belfast as a new, vibrant, confident tourist destination.”
“It was a bit of a shock when I got the call from Titanic Belfast,” said Ciara Harmon. “We had just planned to come up to the city for the day and instead it has turned out to be an occasion we will never forget.
“It’s amazing to see how much Belfast has transformed; it’s a wonderful city and we are pleased to be part of this great occasion for Titanic Belfast. The exhibition was amazing, with so much detail on the story of Titanic. It’s only when you visit do you realise the extent of Titanic’s impact on the world.”