Annual and quarterly tourism statistics publications

The latest annual and quarterly tourism statistics for Northern Ireland.

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

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 06 June 2019. The publication, which includes additional tables and infographics can be accessed at:

Quarterly tourism statistics publications

Notification of delay to publication of Northern Ireland quarterly tourism statistics and air passenger flow.

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 tourism estimates for Northern Ireland. These statistics are usually published around this time of year and 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 19 September 2019. 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.

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Contacts for Annual and quarterly tourism statistics publications

Tourism Statistics

Tourism Statistics Branch
Colby House
Stranmillis Court
BELFAST
BT9 5RR

Telephone: +44(0)28 9025 5163

Email: tourismstatistics@nisra.gov.uk