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Tourism

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tourists he expects to come to Northern Ireland in 2006; and how many came in each of the last three years. (86322)

The Northern Ireland Tourist Board's (NITB) Tourism Barometer implemented in June indicates a good 2006 performance to date by all tourism business sectors and a positive outlook for the summer period. Accommodation occupancy surveys also support evidence of a positive start to the year. 2006 visitor number forecasts for the full year are not yet available. The table indicates the number of visitors in the last three years.

Visitor Performance, 2003-05

Number

2005

1,972,000

2004

1,985,000

2003

1,896,000