Top tourist attractions revealed

2The Giant’s Causeway has been named as Northern Ireland’s top tourist attraction in 2014 with 790,000 visitors. This was followed by Titanic Belfast (630,000 visitors), the Ulster Museum (470,000 visitors) and Derry’s Walls (370,000 visitors).

Last year’s overall growth in tourism has continued into the first quarter of 2015 increasing by 12 per cent, representing almost 100,000 extra trips. Holiday trips also grew by 14 per cent. Figures show that visitors stayed longer but spent less as a result of the weak Euro. Despite visitors from the Republic of Ireland increasing by 11 per cent, there was a decline in spend and number of nights. GB and overseas trips grew by 9 per cent. Visitors to Northern Ireland from cruise ships have more than doubled in recent years from 58,000 in 2011 to 121,000 in 2014.

Business trips also increased by one third, having previously fell by 10 per cent in 2014. Northern Ireland residents took 14 per cent more overnight trips and spent an additional £2 million than the same period last year.

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