Belfast starting to put it’s troubles behind it…

I was speaking to someone this morning who said of the new Belfast tourism adverts that they were so good, she really wanted to go there. Even though she lives in Belfast, it kind of looks more glamourous that it actually is. Tourism is not to be sniffed at. In 2004, Northern Ireland’s tourist related income totalled, £3.25m, some way behind the Republic’s £2.33bn. Even so, the real Belfast is clearly starting to make an impression on people in the States.

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  • Cahal

    “In 2004, Northern Ireland’s tourist related income totalled, £3.25m, some way behind the Republic’s £2.33bn”

    Are these figures correct? This seems like a massive difference, 3.25m being a paltry sum.

    Thats over 700 times more money in the South than the North.

  • GavBelfast

    £325 million?

  • cincinnatidave

    “Since 1998, tourist numbers have risen from 1.4 million people, spending £217m, to almost two million in 2005, generating revenues of £357m. Latest research from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) suggests the performance improved in 2006.”

    Complete story on the BBC
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6037525.stm

    Hope this helps
    David