This year has already been a momentous one for Northern Ireland and its tourist sector. Notwithstanding the recent visit of the Olympic torch and the commemorations of the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic in Belfast, much of the best is still top come.
One of the events coming up takes place on June 30th and thousands may hop on ferries from Liverpool to Belfast
to enjoy the Land of the Giants.
The show is a dramatic and musical celebration of the giants that have made up Northern Ireland's history, ranging from the most famous sunken ship of all time and the once vast linen industry to the famous men and women who have contributed so much to its history.
Taking place on the Titanic slipways, the evening promises an extravaganza of music, drama, lights and special effects, with a cast list of 500. This will be no less than the largest arts event ever held in Northern Ireland.
Such an event can whet the appetite of visitors to see more of Belfast, a city whose history has often been a troubled one but is more varied than that.
The Titanic Visitor Centre may no longer be the centre of feverish attention that it was in April, but still offers a great chance to find out all about the great ship, the people on it and the circumstances of the disaster.
For sports fans, the end of June offers another great reason to head across the water, as the Irish Open golf championship takes place between June 29th and July 1st.
It will be held in Portrush on the Antrim coast, the home town of Graeme McDowell, who is one of three Ulstermen to have won majors in the last couple of years, along with Darren Clarke and one of the sport's biggest rising starts, Rory McIlroy.
Posted by Mark Robinson