14th April 2015
Local Tourism Champions Unveil New Visitor Orientation Maps for EastSide & Titanic Quarter
East Belfast Partnership and Titanic Foundation Limited with support from Belfast City Council have unveiled two new visitor orientation maps for both EastSide and Titanic Quarter that will guide visitors to the shared shipbuilding heritage of east Belfast. The maps also highlight the many tourism attractions including Titanic Belfast, T13, W5, SS Nomadic in Titanic Quarter and Templemore Baths, Ship of Dreams Mural, The Yardmen statue and McMaster Street in EastSide.
The interactive maps have been installed on either side of the Titanic Quarter Rail Halt where they will provide orientation for visitors travelling to both EastSide and Titanic Quarter by train, bike and on foot and highlight the close proximity of both destinations. The maps also include scannable QR codes for the Yardmen, C.S. Lewis, George Best and Van Morrison trails and information on all the latest events for Titanic Quarter which can be downloaded by visitors to this part of the city.
The new maps have been developed by Local Tourism Champions Heather Chesney from East Belfast Partnership and Maeve Curran from Titanic Foundation Limited. They are two of twenty champions who were selected across the city as part of Belfast City Council’s Destination Belfast programme to help drive tourism development work in local communities and to encourage businesses to work in partnership to develop unique tourism products. The programme offered support including workshops, mentoring and a bursary towards product development.
Mandy Patrick, Chair of East Belfast Partnership Tourism Committee said: “This has been a great opportunity for East Belfast Partnership to work alongside our neighbours in Titanic Quarter to drive local tourism. Visitors will now be able to follow the Belfast shipbuilding story from start to finish; from visiting the streets where the men who built the ships lived and socialised, to the slipways in Titanic Quarter where the ships were built and launched”.
Maeve Curran, Titanic Foundation said: “It’s been fantastic to work in partnership with East Belfast Partnership in developing the new maps. Not only will they promote the best attractions to visit and things to see and do across Titanic Quarter and EastSide, they will also highlight how accessible they are for visitors just minutes from the city centre. We are delighted to be part of the Destination Belfast programme and it’s great to help signpost visitors and local people to the wonderful tourism products available. ”
John McGrillen, Director of Development at Belfast City Council, said: “The aim of the Tourism Champions strand of the Destination Belfast Programme was to bring partners together to develop new products and improve the local tourism offering across the city. A successful partnership between the tourism champions from East Belfast Partnership and Titanic Foundation Ltd has resulted in the production of this innovative visitor orientation map which will be very useful for visitors to this part of the city.”
The Destination Belfast Programme, which included the Local Tourism Champions project, is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.