One of the bright spots in the comparative figures pulled together by Alan Ruddock in his north south ecnomic analysis for Management Today was the levels of tourism in Northern Ireland. Whilst number of visits last year were down, the people who do come are staying longer.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board said the overall number of visits last year dropped slightly by 1% from 1.98 million in 2004 to 1.96 million. However, the total number of nights spent by people visiting Northern Ireland rose by 13% from 8.50 million to 9.57 million and they also spent 13% more, with visitor revenue rising to €512m.
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