It has already beat out the Eiffel Tower.
After skyrocketing to popularity following its opening in 2012, the Titanic Belfast attraction in Northern Ireland has continued to win over visitors from around the world. Its latest accolade comes from the World Travel Awards, which has put it on a shortlist of eight for the best travel attraction in the world, local news outlets reported.
Titanic Belfast showcases replica cabins of the ship, as well as historic and artistic exhibitions to educate visitors about its construction and ill-fated maiden voyage. Tour guides from Titanic Belfast also lead walking tours of the city docks where the ship was constructed.
It will compete against the likes of Machu Picchu in Peru and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania; last year's winner was the Las Vegas Strip. Industry professionals and consumer travelers are eligible to vote in the competition to choose this year’s winner.
“We’re obviously delighted that we’ve been nominated,” Eimear Lewis, communications manager for Titanic Belfast, told Travel + Leisure, adding, “We’re more than up for the challenge.”
Northern Ireland has succeeded in wooing travelers back to the region, following a 30-year violent conflict that ended in 1998. Titanic Belfast has been one of several attractions that drew visitors, as well as a vibrant nightlife and striking natural beauty as showcased in the HBO series “Game of Thrones.”