Over 800,000 people visited Titanic exhibition in first year

Tuesday 23 April 2013 16.16
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The Titanic centre opened on the centenary of the sinking of the liner
The Titanic centre opened on the centenary of the sinking of the liner
A man stands in front of a photograph taken by Frank Browne of the Titanic departing Queentown on 11 April, 1912
A man stands in front of a photograph taken by Frank Browne of the Titanic departing Queentown on 11 April, 1912
A changing electronic display is seen of the main staircase aboard the Titanic at the visitor centre
A changing electronic display is seen of the main staircase aboard the Titanic at the visitor centre

Over 800,000 people from 128 countries visited the Titanic exhibition building in Belfast during its first year in operation.

The centre overlooks the slipways at the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the doomed liner was launched in April 1912.

The Titanic centre opened a year ago on the centenary of the sinking of the liner.

Visitor numbers in the first year were almost double the 450,000 projected when the centre opened.

Over half of the visitors were from overseas, with 30% coming from the Republic.

The operators of the centre say the numbers mean a £30m boost to the city's economy.

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