Belfast's Titanic Experience awarded Best European Tourist Attraction

The World Travel Awards took place earlier this week

While the Guinness Brewery in Dublin has been the receiver of many tourism awards, this year yet another Irish tourist destination was given top marks: the Titanic Experience in Belfast.

The exhibit, which is exactly where the original ship was built over a century ago, takes place within the award-winning building, which was designed to look like the ship's hulls and innards.

Since 2012, opened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the ship's tragic sinking, over three million people from around the world have visited the exhibition, including Queen Elizabeth II and Titanic director James Cameron.

Eimear Lewis, communications manager for Titanic Belfast, told Travel & Leisure: "It’s such a huge accolade for us. It’s really a testament to the strength of the Titanic story. [...] We were known for many other things, and the Titanic story was never really celebrated. “It’s very much about the new Belfast.”

In case you're interested in some of the winners outside of Europe, they included Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Quito in Ecuador, Ambergris Caye in Belize and the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. The full list can be found here.