Tourism officials in Northern Ireland have hit back at Kit Harington after the Game Of Thrones star branded Belfast “depressing”.
Harington is based in Belfast while he films scenes for the hit fantasy TV show there, and he appeared to slate the city during an appearance on U.S. chat series Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday.
Meyers asked the actor whether it is “unfair” that he is based in Belfast while his co-stars film in more exotic locations such as Croatia and Spain, and Harington replied, “(I spend) a lot of time in Belfast... It’s wonderful for two or three days... I have to be careful what I say... They celebrate three things. Having the most bombed hotel in Europe, which is great. They built the Titanic which is a ship that sunk on its maiden voyage and now they have Game of Thrones, the most depressing TV show in history. So it’s a wonderfully, depressing Tourist Board.”
Officials at Tourism Northern Ireland have now responded to Harington’s comments, insisting Belfast is a popular place to visit, saying, “Belfast and Northern Ireland is recognized as a great short break destination. Belfast was recently voted, for a fourth consecutive year, by (reviews website) TripAdvisor as one of the U.K.’s top 10 best destinations among travellers from around the world.”