Tourism data is derived from a variety of sources. NISRA will continue to publish as much data as possible and will explore other indicators if the original source is affected. This document gives an idea of the impact on each of the surveys NI tourism statistics depend on. Impact of COVID-19 on Northern Ireland tourism statistics
Due to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) we anticipate that there will be some changes in terms of our regular statistical production. See the COVID-19 and the production of statistics page for more information.
Annual tourism statistics publications
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The latest annual tourism statistics were published on 06 June 2019. The publication, which includes additional tables and infographics can be accessed at:
Quarterly tourism statistics publications
We would like to inform users that due to continuing issues with the Household Travel Survey (HTS) data provided by Central Statistics Office (CSO), NISRA Tourism Statistics are currently unable to publish the full tourism estimates for Northern Ireland. We are currently publishing estimates excluding trips to Northern Ireland made by residents of the Republic of Ireland. NISRA are liaising closely with CSO whilst they try and resolve the issue. We will keep users informed of developments. More information on the issue can be found on the CSO website.
The latest quarterly tourism statistics were published on 07 May 2020. The publication tables can be accessed at:
NISRA is currently undertaking a review of the methodology used for producing Domestic Tourism data.
This will include (but not limited to) analysis on the weighting methodology for domestic tourism data, exploring the possibility of including data for children (aged under 16) in overnight trip outputs, and improving outlier analysis.
After the review has been conducted NISRA will publish an impact analysis on Domestic Tourism statistics; and assess the possibility of backdating previously published data.
- Tourism statistics publication schedule
- Tourism statistics early indicators
- Tourism statistics archive publications
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