Hospitality Ulster reacts to latest tourism statistics

Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster

Colin Neill, Chief Executive, Hospitality Ulster

Reacting to the latest tourism statistics Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster commented:

“We welcome the news today that tourism in Northern Ireland has continued to grow with 5 million trips from all markets, including a record breaking 591,000 trips from the Republic of Ireland, creating £968 million revenue for the NI economy.”

“The tourism industry is vitally important to the Northern Irish economy and the hospitality sector is the cornerstone of our tourism offer. People travel here to enjoy our culture and our craic in our world class pubs and restaurants.”

“These figures show that the potential for tourism in Northern Ireland is huge, but to achieve that potential our industry needs support including, to begin with, common sense reform of our outdated licensing laws, reform of business rates and VAT. Our hospitality sector has helped drive record levels of tourism in Northern Ireland with one hand effectively tied behind its back, imagine what we could achieve if we were given the tools to do the job properly.”