Naomi Long MP said: “This is yet another amazing piece in the very impressive jigsaw of the Titanic centenary events.
“The Circuit of Ireland rally is attended by thousands of people and watched by millions around the globe, and this is another excellent opportunity to showcase all that East Belfast and Northern Ireland has to offer on the world stage. Titanoraks and rally enthusiasts alike will be drawn to East Belfast this year to enjoy this great event which, along with the wider programme of events planned, show that Belfast is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe as we head into 2012.
“This absolutely fantastic news will give even more impetus to the growth of our tourism industry at this highly competitive time. I want to take this opportunity to congratulate those who worked so hard to get the Circuit of Ireland rally to hold a stage here – it will be one of many very exciting events in the area in the coming years.”