Big rise in tourists from the Republic of Ireland visiting Northern Ireland
Visitor numbers from the Republic to Northern Ireland rose by nearly a third in the first three months of 2018, new figures show.
The statistics from the Republic's Central Statistics Office also show that visitors from the Republic were spending more.
They took 34,000 holiday trips over the border between January to March - up 29% on the same time a year earlier. And their spending was up 11% to £21.5m.
Tourism Northern Ireland chief executive John McGrillen said: "These figures can be attributed to increased marketing activity by Tourism NI in the Republic of Ireland and more favourable exchange rates making Northern Ireland more competitive have also played a part.
"The strong growth in visitors combined with unprecedented hotel sales and industry feedback suggests a very positive picture for 2018."