Hospitality Ulster CEO comments on latest Tourism statistics

Hospitality Ulster CEO comments on latest Tourism statistics

27 July 2018

"These latest statistics once again show that tourism is continuing to work for Northern Ireland and is a key driver of the overall economy"

"Northern Ireland is firmly establishing itself as a premier tourist destination around the world and our hospitality sector, our pubs, restaurants and hotels, are a central reason for that.

However when we look at the statistics we see that while Belfast, the Causeway Coast and Glens and Newry & Mourne are proving extremely popular with tourists, lots of other parts of the province are not sharing in that prosperity.

We need a joined-up tourist strategy that publicises and promotes all of Northern Ireland, spreading tourists across the entire region. With our scenery and history we have a wonderful tourist offering and it is vital that we have a strategy that reflects that.

Such a strategy would support communities across the whole of NI and ensure that our publicans, hoteliers and restauranteurs, who are often at the heart of their communities, are better supported."