Peace Bridge misses out on top visitor spot

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Derry’s Peace Bridge has missed out on being named the north’s most visited attraction after being reclassified in official tourist statistics.

In 2011, and despite only opening in June of that year, the Peace Bridge was named the third most popular tourist attraction in the north with more than 330,000 visitors.

Now new figures from the Department of Trade, Enterprise and Investment (DETI) reveal that in 2012 the bridge attracted some 917,000 visitors, almost 250,000 more than the Titanic Belfast.

But in those statistics, the bridge has been reclassified as a “country parks/parks/forests/gardens” - meaning it is not included on the official top ten attractions list.

A spokesman for DETI said the bridge was reclassified because it did not meet their definition that identifies visitor attractions as “...an attraction where it is feasible to charge admission for the sole purpose of sightseeing.”

“It was felt on consideration that the Peace Bridge may not fully meet this criteria, but as it is of significant interest, information on the number of pedestrians travelling across the bridge was published so users were able to avail of the information,” the spokesman said.

Local business man Conor’ O’Kane from beacon13.com brought the figures to the attention of the ‘Journal.’

Belfast Titanic topped the list with 665,000 visitors.