Celebrating the launch of a unique landmark year in tourism for Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland held a successful VIP event in Dubai on April 16th;
Ministers from Northern Ireland in attendance included First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon. Peter Robinson, MLA; deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA and Arlene Foster, MLA, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. The Ministers are visiting the UAE and India as part of a promotional drive for Northern Ireland exports, investment, academia and tourism.
The delegation mixed with travel trade, local media and Northern Irish Diaspora at the lively event which featured replicas of Northern Ireland's iconic attractions; the Titanic Belfast, UNESCO World Heritage Site - the Giant's Causeway and golfing champion Rory McIlroy.
The First Minister, the Rt Hon. Peter Robinson MLA outlined the exciting programme of ni2012 events and attractions: "ni2012 is a unique year long programme of activities which will make Northern Ireland a must see destination. 2012 is our time to take centre stage and show the world that Northern Ireland is a great place to visit for business or holidays."
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP, MLA said:
"ni2012 is a vast array of attractions and events. This will be followed in 2013 with the World Police and Fire Games which will attract 20,000 participants and my own city of Derry takes up the mantel of the City of Culture. Also in 2013 Derry will host the All-Ireland Fleadh which will attract 300,000 visitors and generate close to £34m."
Taking centre stage in the ni2012 programme is the newly opened Titanic Belfast®, an AED 564 million signature development in Belfast commemorating the centenary of the construction, kitting out and launch of the world's most famous liner. Titanic Belfast® extends over nine galleries, with multiple dimensions to the exhibition, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to fully explore the Titanic story. In addition, 120 special events including gala concerts, plays and art exhibitions will mark the anniversary as part of Titanic Belfast Festival 2012. Highlights of the120 plus events include one of the largest light shows ever attempted and a MTV 'Rock the Docks' in the Titanic Quarter, Belfast.
Tourism Minister Arlene Foster stressed the importance of the Titanic Project for Northern Ireland Tourism:"Titanic is a globally recognised brand and the new signature project is injecting a renewed and positive interest in Northern Ireland, which is being reflected in the world's media. We are witnessing a piece of history with the opening of Titanic Belfast, and it's a very exciting time for everyone involved."
Another major coup for Northern Ireland 2012 is the return of the Irish Open after an absence of 60 years. The Royal Portrush Golf Club will host the prestigious event and welcome back our international golfing stars.
A state of the art visitor centre at the UNESCO World Heritage site Giant's Causeway also makes its debut in July as part of ni2012.
Address: between the Si-o-She and Khaju Bridge. A smaller, less grand bridge, 150 meters long and containing 21 arches, the Chubi was built by Shah Abbas II to serve as royal parlors, for being served pleasant evening meals and as entertainment rooms for the ladies of the court. Today the bridge contains two charming little teahouses. &n...
Former imperial hunting grounds for the royal family. Contains a large amusement park, known as the Volksprater ("People's Prater"), believed to be the oldest "modern" amusement park in the world, which has the much famed giant Ferris wheel ('Riesenrad'). Public entry into the Prater is free of cost while the costs of individual attractions vary from 1 euro to 10 euro. Lar...
Fantasy Land Located within a shopping complex, this play area caters to toddlers and younger children. Apart from swings, slides and trains, there are also arcade games, a 3D cinema and a car racing track. Timings: Daily, 11 A.M- 11 P.M Admission: Free entry, PKR 5 per ride Address: PACE, M.M Alam Road Tel: +92-42-111-111-603 Jallo Park This is a popular picnicking s...
Sharing Chicago's northern border along Lake Michigan is the pleasant suburb of Evanston, home to Northwestern University. Northwestern was founded in the 1850s by Methodists on land purchased by John Evans, for whom the surrounding town is named. Today it's one of America's most prestigious universities and a member of the Big Ten Conference. The main campus covers 240 acres alon...