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Northern Ireland witnesses rise in tourism revenue

Northern Ireland witnesses rise in tourism revenue
29 May 2014

New figures have confirmed that the tourism industry in Northern Ireland is on the up.

Indeed, it has been revealed that while the country's tourism sector saw no change in numbers of external holidaymakers last year, revenue rose by £33 million.

The country received positive publicity from a number of high-profile events in 2013, including the G8 summit in Fermanagh.

And new government data shows that revenues in the industry rose by £33 million from 2012 to £723 million.

It has been revealed, too, that the bulk of this growth was the result of people from Great Britain crossing the water to see family and friends in Northern Ireland.

Unsurprisingly, tourism minister Arlene Foster said she was "very encouraged" by the latest results.

She added: "Our key programme for government targets for visitor numbers and tourism revenue have been achieved for 2013.

"This keeps us on track to succeed with our goal to make tourism in Northern Ireland a £1 billion industry by 2020."ADNFCR-408-ID-801724256-ADNFCR

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