Published Thursday, 17 July 2014
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%.
© UTV News