We have some positive news to share with you in our blog today. Tourism NI has calculated that there has been a record number of visitors coming North from the Republic of Ireland in the first 9 months of last year (2022).
A Significant Rise In Visitors Is Very Welcome
This data was sourced from the Republic’s Central Statistics Office, which collated that there was over 800,000 visitors from the Republic in that time. The previous record had been just over 530,000 visitors in the first 9 months of 2019, so this is a very significant rise for the tourist industry. The estimated spend of these visitors over the 9 months in 2022 was a total of £164 million, equating to £603,000 per day, a healthy total which is very welcome for all the tourism outlets that are prospering from this boost in visitors.
Obviously people from the Republic have realised what a stunning and interesting place the North is to visit and they are coming over in large numbers. Tourism can play a major part in revitalising the economy here in Northern Ireland and we need to do as much as possible to promote this fantastic country.
Two Out Of Every Three Visitors Say They Intend To Return
Speaking about the boost in tourism from the Republic, Tourism NI chief John McGrillen is quoted in an article in the Irish News saying:
“Our research indicates that a significant number of people from the South are travelling to the North for the first time on leisure breaks,” he said. “In addition two out of every three say they intend to return.
“We are increasing our share of the all-island staycation market and there is significantly more potential and more revenue to be gained for Northern Ireland businesses,” he added.
“In addition to these strong results from the RoI market, we are seeing strong demand from markets including the USA, GB and Europe and evidence that these markets are rebounding.
“Looking ahead we are optimistic for 2023. Visitors to Northern Ireland have more to look forward to including the multi-million pound upgrade of Titanic Belfast, screen tourism attractions including the Game of Thrones Studio tour and a growing number of Derry Girls experiences, a burgeoning food and drink offering and festivals and events that are special to Northern Ireland.”
We can all play our part in making the North a friendly and hospitable place to visit for tourists.