WEA awards continue long association with Titanic Belfast

Tables already selling fast for 2024 Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards

The Irish News Workplace Employment Awards return to Titanic Belfast on Thursday June 8 2023.
The Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards take place in the world-leading Titanic Belfast on Thursday June 6 2024

When the Irish News moved its Workplace & Employment Awards to Titanic Belfast in 2012, it was among the very first major black tie extravaganzas at the now iconic setting.

The architecturally unique feat of engineering opened to critical acclaim in March 2012, just in time for events taking place globally marking the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.

The building - which has since emerged as a world-leading visitor attraction - has been the Irish News’ venue of choice for its WEA Awards ever since.

And when guests sit down to our awards dinner on Thursday June 6, hosted again by Neil Delamere, they’ll do so in one of the most honoured venues anywhere in the world.

In March this year, for example, Titanic Belfast made it big in Hollywood when the Themed Entertainment Association’s THEA Awards - which recognise achievement, talent and personal excellence from those who bring incredible experiences to life for people around the world - picked it for its Visitor Experience Re-envisioned accolade.

In addition, its chief executive Judith Owens MBE was hand-picked as a keynote speaker at THEA’s signature conference event, which was attended by international themed entertainment professionals and industry leaders from around the world.

It gave Judith the opportunity to share the story of the reimagined Titanic Experience, which opened in 2023 following a £4.7 million refreshment programme via the Titanic Belfast Gallery Refreshment Fund.

“The fact that I was invited to address the world’s leading creators, developers, designers and producers from experiences including Walt Disney Imagineering, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and Universal Creative, demonstrates the fact that Titanic Belfast is standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s biggest and best attractions,” Judith said.

Then in April Titanic Belfast was certified as a Great Place to Work following an independent employee survey as the visitor attraction announced that it had welcomed its eight millionth visitor. Yes, that’s 8,000,000 visitors since 2012.

The certification, backed by validated and anonymous feedback from its 375 members of staff, measures employee satisfaction from company culture to business practices and is collected through the global authority on workplace culture, Great Place To Work.

A cup awarded to the captain of a ship which rescued hundreds of Titanic survivors is to go on display in Belfast (Liam McBurney/PA)
The iconic Titanic Belfast has been home to the Irish News Workplace & Employment Awards since 2012, just weeks after the world-leading attraction opened

The accreditation confirmed that 78% of Titanic Belfast employees consistently enjoy a positive experience, well above the minimum of 65% required to be awarded the certification.

Titanic Belfast said the accreditation is testament of the value it places on getting feedback to ensure its employees are happy and have a positive experience at work.