St George's Market
Summary reports published by Tourism NI
The latest NI tourism performance data (Jan-March 2019) released by NISRA indicate:
More than 1m overnight trips (domestic and external) were taken in Northern Ireland (NI) during Jan-March 2019. This is a record breaking number of trips for Q1, up by 7% on Jan-March 2018, with increases evident for all main markets.
Nights increased marginally (+1%), with declines in NI and Republic of Ireland (ROI) nights offset by growth from Great Britain (GB) and Other Overseas.
Visitors spent £180m (-3% on Q1 2018), with spend reducing for all markets except the domestic market. Some £2m was spent on average each day during Q1 2019.
Holiday trips increased by almost one quarter compared with Jan-March 2018, with all main markets delivering growth. Business trips declined, largely due to a fall in domestic business trips.
NI attracted a previously unsurpassed 550,000 visitors from outside NI (+14%). Growth was evident for both the ROI (+34%) and GB and Other Overseas (+8%) markets.
Supporting the increase in trips indicated for Jan-March 2019, hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and guest accommodation saw an 8% increase in bed-spaces sold. The most recent NI accommodation statistics (Jan-September 2019) show unprecedented sales for this period, with over 3.7 million bed-spaces sold in hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs and guest accommodation, an increase of 7% on Jan-September 2018.