Belfast Telegraph

5 million tourists spend £1bn during Northern Ireland stay

The number of tourists flocking to Northern Ireland is on the rise with nearly 5 million trips to the province in a year, figures reveal.

New Government statistics show between April 2017 and March 2018, 4.8m trips to Northern Ireland were recorded, an increase of 5% on the previous year.

Visitors to Northern Ireland during this period spent a total of almost £1billion (£939,354,325), up 9% from the previous year.

There were almost 17m over night stays, up 8% on the 15.5m in the previous year.

Figures also show there was 8.5m air passengers arriving in Northern Ireland in the 12 months up to March 2018. A 3% increase on the previous 12 months.

The flow of passengers going through Belfast International Airport increased by 8% but decreased in George Best Belfast city Airport by 3%.

Meanwhile at Derry City Airport - which, it has been warned, faces closure over a funding shortfall - there was a 36% drop in passenger figures.

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