Published on : Saturday, August 19, 2017
The agency, which published its mid-year review on Wednesday, reported a “stronger than expected” performance for the first six months of 2017 with the total number of overseas visitors to Ireland rising 4.2 per cent compared with the same period last year.
Overall, the latest quarterly tourism figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show a record one million overnight trips were taken in the North by both visitors and local residents during the three months to March.
This is Ireland’s first ever first-half performance in terms of visitor numbers from mainland Europe, the country’s biggest region in terms of spend. Compared to the first six months of 2016, visitor number went up to 6 per cent this year.
Also, the visitor numbers from North America climbed 21.6 per cent in the first half with Australia and developing markets up 20.6 per cent.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said, “Figures published by NISRA confirm that we welcomed almost 407,000 overseas visitors to Northern Ireland in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 8 per cent over the same three-month period in 2016. Overseas visitors delivered more than £98 million for the local economy, up 7 per cent on quarter one in 2016.”