According to the Belfast Telegraph The biggest ever international attraction to come to Northern Ireland got under way on Thursday when the majestic Tall Ships sailed into Belfast.
Over 400,000 people, including tens of thousands of tourists, are expected here during the next four days for the Belfast Maritime Festival. After seven years in the planning the eyes of the world will be on Belfast when the Tall Ships arrive later this morning.
Video: Tall Ships arrive
Around 40 magnificent vessels will sail up Belfast Lough as part of the largest public spectacle ever staged in the province.
The festival, which will run until Sunday, consists of a range of free activities and entertainment, including fireworks, continental markets, funfairs and concerts — all based around the docks area of the city.
The massive event is expected to generate up to £10m for the local economy.
Writing in today’s Belfast Telegraph, Lord Mayor Naomi Long said it is “Belfast’s moment to shine”.
Chair of Belfast's Tall Ships board Dr Gerard O'Hare said: “What people can look forward to is the biggest show in the country, the biggest event ever to be held in Ireland in maritime terms.”
Did anyone note the visitor estimate? Over 400,000 people, including tens of thousands of tourists! Hartlepool are expecting over twice that number! Time to look again at the sums?