Belfast guide gaffe puts Derry on cover

The 'This is Belfast' travel book - complete with front page Derry photo
The 'This is Belfast' travel book - complete with front page Derry photo

A UK travel book publisher has featured a front cover photo of Derry on their ‘This is Belfast’ tourist guide.

Kingfisher Media, the company behind the ‘This is Belfast’ guide, last night told the ‘Journal’ there was no one available to comment on the apparent mix up.

Derry photographer Bernard Ward spotted the gaffe over the weekend when staying at a Belfast hotel.

“At first I thought it was funny,” Bernard, who runs derryphotos.com, told the ‘Journal’

“They’ll be some very disappointed tourists if they are expecting to see that view when they are in Belfast.

“I have taken hundreds of shots from the spot where this photo was taken, so it’s somewhere I’m very familiar with - there’s no mistaking that it’s definitely Derry and not Belfast,” he said.

The Guildhall, Foyleside, and an under construction peace bridge can clearly be seen on the ‘This is Belfast’ front cover photograph which would appear to have been shot from Chapel Road/Top of the Hill area of Derry’s Waterside.

On their website, Kingfisher Media say they produce “beautifully designed, high-quality city guides which are available in leading hotel rooms in major cities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

“For those enjoying a city break, or staying for business, the guides offer a wealth of information on what to do and where to go. From restaurants to retail and leisure, they ensure that visitors can make the most of their visit.”

It is not the first time Derry has been misrepresented in tourism promotion.

In 2009 the ‘Journal’ reported how P&O Cruises informed prospective passengers to Derry of the opportunity to “head for the nearby beaches of .. Ballyarnett” - a village that lies around three miles from the coast - and wrongly said that King George laid siege to the Walls of Derry, on its company website.

At that time P&O apologised for the quality of its online information. They subsequently amended the Derry info.

You can read an online version of the ‘This is Belfast’ guide here