Tourism matters. It is a key driver of the global economy. Northern Ireland has fought hard for its share of the growing travel and tourism market and has done extremely well.
In 2017 2.6 million out of state visitors (visitors from outside NI) and over 2 million NI residents took an overnight trip in NI. During 2017 visitors from all markets combined spend an unprecedented £926m in NI (£76m more compared with 2016). In 2000 we welcomed less than 1.5m overnight out of state visitors and if we look back to 1972 this figure drops to less than half a million*.
*Figures are not directly comparable due to changes in methodologies used to measure tourism performance