Major drop in ROI visitors to NI

Published Thursday, 17 July 2014
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There has been a huge drop in visitors from the Republic of Ireland coming to Northern Ireland.

For the first quarter of 2014, visitor figures from the south plummeted by 43% compared to the same period of the previous year.

However, numbers for visitors coming from Great Britain and overseas rose by 2% and 11% respectively.

Meanwhile, in the last financial year, the number of people visiting Northern Ireland fell slightly.

The estimated number of overnight trips to the region by all visitors - including NI residents and non -residents - in the period from April 2013 to March 2014 decreased by 1% compared to the same period the previous year.

The drop in visitor numbers was due to a fall in the number of NI residents taking overnight trips, down by 3%, and a significant drop of 18% in Republic of Ireland visitors.

This also resulted in fall in expenditure - a decrease of £15m by NI residents and £7m by southern visitors over the same period.

Elsewhere, there was a rise in visitors outside NI of 1% in the period from April 2013 - March 2014.

The associated spending jumped by 9%.

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jane in craigavon wrote (194 days ago):
Going by all these would think only northern Ireland had racism and sectarianism. it happens in most countrys.and I have been to a few of them.and lived in one of them for years.just a few rat bags.dosn'd mean all are bad.i have been home now for five years and would'nd live anywhere else.
Observer in Online wrote (194 days ago):
Racism, Flegs! Michael that is two words you muppet... Flags aren't a cause of a reduction in tourism, sectarian tensions and hate crimes are, or are you conveniently forgetting the almost daily attacks on memorials to the dead, Orange halls, and churches? As for racism, that is something that needs to be stamped out and harsh penalties given to those convicted. All they do is make Belfast look bad and drag the whole on N. Ireland down too.
pinky2be in NORTH OF IRELAND wrote (195 days ago):
there is no where nicer then the north coast in northern ireland the nicest beach is portsteward stand
Piniy in N Ireland wrote (195 days ago):
if u go anywhere in the world there flags. put our flag back in Belfast on the city hall where it belongs so their won't be any of this
James in Comber wrote (195 days ago):
Moderator, Is there a problem with my posting? Why has it not been shown on the forum?
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