St Patrick's Trail at Slemish
Summary reports published by Tourism NI
The latest tourism data released by NISRA indicate a very strong first half of 2017 for NI tourism, with NI welcoming more visitors who stayed longer and spent more.
Over two million overnight trips were taken in NI during Jan-June 2017 (unprecedented for this time period), with the closer to home markets (ROI and NI) accounting for
most of the growth. GB trips remained unchanged from Jan-June 2016 while Other Overseas trips increased by 15%. The 10% increase in holiday trips is particularly welcome,
with growth evident from each of our main market areas. Visitor spend also reached record levels of £417m during Jan-June 2017, up 16% or £56m more than the same period in 2016.
NB: Figures for the Jan-March 2017 period should be treated with caution due to small sample sizes. Jan-March is generally the quietest quarter for visitors. The picture presented below is reflective only of this period and may change as the year progresses.