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Titanic Belfast drinks in latest global accolade from TEA

Pictured with the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Visitor Experience Re-envisioned: Limited Budget are Kerrie Sweeney, chief executive of Maritime Belfast Trust; Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast and Ellvena Graham, chair of Tourism NI.
Pictured with the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Visitor Experience Re-envisioned: Limited Budget are Kerrie Sweeney, chief executive of Maritime Belfast Trust; Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast and Ellvena Graham, chair of Touris Pictured with the THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement – Visitor Experience Re-envisioned: Limited Budget are Kerrie Sweeney, chief executive of Maritime Belfast Trust; Judith Owens, chief executive of Titanic Belfast and Ellvena Graham, chair of Tourism NI.

Titanic Belfast’s refreshed visitor attraction has been recognised with an international award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA).

The museum, which unveiled its ‘reimagined’ visitor experience in March 2023, following a £4.7 million investment, scooped the prize for ‘Outstanding Achievement – Visitor Experience Re-envisioned: Limited Budget’ at the recent Thea Awards.

It comes almost a decade after TEA awarded Titanic Belfast the outstanding achievement award for a visitor centre in 2014.

TEA represents the leading creators, developers, designers and producers of compelling places and experiences from around the world.

“We are absolutely delighted to once again receive international recognition with our second award from the Themed Entertainment Association,” said Titanic Belfast’s chief executive, Judith Owens.

“We first won a Thea Award shortly after Titanic Belfast opened and it is apt that this second award is for the reimagined Titanic Experience which opened in March following a multi-million-pound refreshment programme.

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“We have introduced four exciting new themed galleries and a stunning new artefact collection, providing our most spectacular visitor experience to date.

“Since opening our doors in 2012, we are proud that Titanic Belfast continues to play a vital role in attracting visitors from around the world to the island of Ireland and this award once again confirms it on the global stage.

“I would like to thank the fantastic teams across the business for the incredible work they do every day in making the visitor experience at Titanic Belfast truly world class.”

Speaking after the awards, Melissa Oviedo, TEA international board president added: “Celebrating excellence is core to the TEA mission.

“These remarkable individuals have demonstrated unparalleled creativity, innovation and commitment to delivering extraordinary guest experiences on a truly global scale.

“Their work has not only entertained and inspired millions but also continues to shape the future of our industry.”