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St Patrick's Trail at Slemish

St Patrick's Trail at Slemish

Summary reports published by Tourism NI

Annual and Quarterly Tourism Performance Statistics are published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Tourism Northern Ireland produces reports to provide an overview of these and other statistics, together with competitor performance and industry sentiment.

The latest tourism data released by NISRA paint a very positive tourism performance picture for the first nine months of 2017, with NI welcoming more visitors who stayed longer and spent more.

Almost 4m overnight trips were taken in NI during Jan-Sep 2017 and, with the exception of GB (which delivered nominal increases in trips), strong growth was apparent for each of our main market areas. A record breaking two million holiday trips were taken in NI during the first nine months of 2017, almost as many as those welcomed during the whole of 2016. 

Visitor spend reached an unprecedented three quarters of a billion pounds for this time period, up 16% or £100m more compared with Jan-Sep 2016.

CSO figures relating to Jan-Dec 2017 suggest that ROI residents took a record number of  overnight holiday trips in NI during this period, with a surge evident in Q3.  Overall, ROI spend increased significantly (+29%), with ROI visitors spending on average £16 more per night in NI than they did during Jan-Dec 2016.