Northern Ireland experiences a swell in tourist numbers

Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

Northern IrelandNumber of tourists visiting Northern Ireland jumped by a quarter last year, which was boosted by increasingly euro-friendly exchange rate and success of tourist attractions. Tourists spent £2.4 million (€2.7 million) per day in the North during the first nine months of 2016, while overall revenue from tourism grew by £57 million to a record £658 million in the same period.

Between January to September, Northern Ireland also attracted record number of visitors, with 1.9 million people from other locations beyond Ireland. The number of visitors who travelled from the Republic jumped by 27%, with majority of people coming to visit friends or relatives, while some came just to enjoy holidays. Many of Northern Ireland’s top tourist attractions like Titanic Belfast recently named the world’s leading tourist attraction at the World Travel Awards, had an “outstanding summer”.

Overseas markets generated two-thirds of total tourism revenue.


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