Hotel occupancy surveys

The monthly hotel occupancy survey provides information on the occupancy rates and rooms and beds sold in Northern Ireland hotels.

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.

Information on the effect of Covid-19 on the Northern Ireland occupancy survey can be found here

Annual hotel occupancy survey results

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 hotel occupancy survey results for 2019 were published on 22 October 2020 and can be accessed below.

Monthly hotel occupancy survey 

The latest hotel occupancy monthly tables can be accessed below:

The Research section in Tourism Northern Ireland was responsible for any results prior to 2011, these publications can be accessed through the Tourism Northern Ireland website.

Tourism statistics branch also publish statistics on Northern Ireland guesthouse, bed & breakfast and guest accommodation occupancy. These statistics can be accessed below.

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Contacts for Hotel occupancy surveys

NI Occupancy Surveys

John Magill
Telephone: 028 9025 5165