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Titanic tourists likely to visit Halifax in July

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will attract tourists to Halifax, but likely not until summer, says a Halifax author and historian.

The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic will attract tourists Halifax, but likely not until summer, says a Halifax author and historian.

Blair Beed, who has written a book about Titanic victims buried in Halifax, said he doesn't expect Halifax will see an influx of visitors this month.

"Since last November, I've been doing television, radio and newspaper interviews with media from around the world. Most of those stories will appear on the 14th, 15th of April and that's where it may generate people to say, 'Oh, that's an interesting story, that's where I'll go on my vacation in July,'" Beed said.

"For people who don't know what it's all about, I think they have to remember that on April 2 Titanic passed its sea trials and 13 days later it was gone. So it wasn't a ship that had a long history, but it made a big impact on our Halifax history."

There are many events planned in the Halifax region to commemorate the anniversary of sinking of the luxury liner that went down on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg off of Newfoundland. More than 1,500 people died when the Titanic sank; about 700 survived.

One anniversary event will be a dinner at the Five Fishermen restaurant on Argyle Street, part of which was a funeral home where Titanic victims were taken.

The dinner will feature menu and wine items inspired by the Titanic's first class menu on April 14, 1912.

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