Launch of ‘Glider Experience’ marks 1 year milestone

7th October 2019

We are delighted to be apart of the Glider’s first Birthday Celebrations, the occasion was marked by the launch of the new ‘Glider Experience’ Booklet. A guide to exploring the city, featuring the top-rated attractions that are all accessible by Glider.

The Glider’s first year has been very successful, it has provided Belfast with an effortless and smooth way to travel, providing direct cross-city services between the east and the west of the City and linking into Titanic Quarter.

We have really enjoyed working with all three local tourism and heritage development organisations to develop and design the guide that promotes cross-city travel and encourage locals to leave their area and explore somewhere different.

Harry Connolly, Director, Fáilte Feirste Thiar, said: “The introduction of Glider has been a welcome addition to our way of life as local citizens helping to connect our city. Furthermore, it has had a positive impact on growing visitor numbers across the city helping to ensure that areas beyond the City Centre feel the full and positive impact associated with tourism. This publication is a practical example of partnership in action highlighting to locals and visitors alike everything that our great city has to offer.”

Maurice Kinkead, Chief Executive, EastSide Partnership, said:  “Over the last twelve months we have seen more and more folks from all across the city using the new Glider service to visit the C.S. Lewis Square or walk the Connswater Community Greenway. We now want to build on this positive momentum and showcase the wealth of attractions on offer all along the Glider route. We see this cross-city service as the golden thread which ties some of our city’s most unique visitor experiences together.”

Kerrie Sweeney, Chief Executive of Titanic Foundation, said: “Titanic Quarter welcomes over 1 million visitors every year, many of which are international tourists. The Glider plays a key role in making it easy for visitors to access local attractions, increasing the length of time they stay in the city and how much they spend. It also encourages local people to get out and about and enjoy different parts of their city, including our new Maritime Mile experience along Belfast’s iconic waterfront.”

It has been a pleasure working with all involved EastSide Partnership, Fáilte Feirste Thiar, Titanic Foundation and Translink.