Annual and quarterly tourism statistics publications

The latest annual and quarterly tourism statistics for Northern Ireland.


Annual tourism statistics publications

In May 2017 after assessment by the Office for  Statistics Regulation this publication was awarded National Statistics accreditation. National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and public value.

All official statistics should comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment by the Office for Statistics Regulation. The Office for Statistics Regulation considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of Code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.

The latest annual tourism statistics were published on 07 June 2018. The publication, which includes additional tables and infographics can be accessed at:

Quarterly tourism statistics publications

***Update: 14/05/19 – As you may know, the publication of the Northern Ireland Tourism Statistics and Air Passenger Flow Publications have been on hold since October 18 due to delay in the provision of key data from Central Statistics Office (CSO).  In the previous update, it was noted that NISRA Tourism Statistics Branch had received data from CSO and we have been working with them to assess its quality.  This process has taken longer than expected, however we have now finished the assessment and have concluded that the data is of sufficient quality for us to report on.  Therefore we are pleased to say that we are now in a position to publish again. 


The publication date of the 2018 Northern Ireland Annual Tourism Statistics will be Thursday 6th June 2019 at 9:30am.  This includes the full list of satellite publications as well as the Air Passenger Flow publication. 


As CSO plan a future review of their methodology, there will be note relating to their part of the data, labelling it as “interim data that may be subject to future revision” and users will also be made aware of the changes to their methodology.


We once again apologise for the delay and inconvenience it caused.

*The data from CSO provides information on residents from the Republic of Ireland taking overnight trips in Northern Ireland.  This information is an important part of the overall statistical picture of tourism in Northern Ireland. 


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The latest quarterly tourism statistics were published on 23 August 2018. The publication tables can be accessed at:

Methodology Review

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.

Useful links

More information on data quality can be found at

More information on the quality of administrative sources can be found at

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Contacts for Annual and quarterly tourism statistics publications

Tourism Statistics

Tourism Statistics Branch
Colby House
Stranmillis Court

Telephone: +44(0)28 9025 5163