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Tourism NI celebrates 2019 success

Aine Kearney, director of business support and events, Martin Slumbers, chief executive of R&A and John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI
Aine Kearney, director of business support and events, Martin Slumbers, chief executive of R&A and John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Tourism NI has said it had an "outstanding year" as it unveiled its new branding at an annual review launch.

Chief executive John McGrillen said figures showed that tourism contributes £2.7m per day to the economy here.

He said golf tournament The Open and TV series Game of Thrones were the biggest crowd pullers of 2019 generating some £106m and £50m respectively.

He said: "Early indications for 2019 suggest a strong start for visitor figures and while Brexit represents a significant and ongoing issue, we are planning ahead for the next decade of growth and achieving our objective of doubling the value of tourism to £2bn by 2030."

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