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Tourism

Volume 405: debated on Monday 19 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public funding has been provided to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board over the past five years; and what research has been undertaken to ascertain the opinions of visitors to the Province, other than those visiting friends and relatives, regarding the facilities on offer. [112611]

The total amount of public funding provided to the Northern Ireland Tourist Board over the past five years was £66,504,000.The following is a breakdown of the public funding provided in each of these years.

£ million
1998–9914,162
1999–200012,583
2000–0113,445
2001–0213,180
2002–0313,134
NITB carried out surveys in 1995, 1998 and 2000 of visitors on holiday in Northern Ireland to identify factors important to them when choosing a holiday destination and to rate Northern Ireland against those factors. As part of the survey, participants were asked to rate their satisfaction with a range of Northern Ireland tourism products and services. A further survey is planned for summer 2003.