Belfast brings the Titanic's unsinkable allure back home3/18/2012
How do you rescue a sinking economy? With a "visitor experience" dedicated to the Titanic! The doomed ship was made in Belfast, Northern Ireland, much to the city's pride. (They weren't steering it, after all.) Few people know it for a couple of simple reasons: Belfast's days as the world's largest shipyard are long over, and the ship's origin wasn't mentioned in the movie "Titanic," much to the city's consternation. Still, they're hoping for the equation "Tragedy plus time equals tourism" to bear fruit, with 3-D projections and audiovisual displays, a roller-coaster-like ride that takes you through a replica of the ship and a re-created 1,000-seat dining room, which they hope will be a popular spot for big events like corporate events, parties and weddings -- provided the happy couples can look past drinking to the death of 1,500 people aboard a sinking ship.
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Would you host an event at the Titanic?