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Tourism NI welcomes 6% increase in tourism jobs

John McGrillen

Tourism NI is backing today’s efforts to secure support in Westminster for the Belfast Region City Deal as new official statistics[i] show that the number of people employed in tourism now totals 65,000, with 3,500 new jobs being created over 2016 and 2017.

This news comes as the 6 Councils in the Belfast City Region are in Westminster lobbying for a City Deal which includes plans for major investment in new visitor attractions across the region.

Jobs in the tourism industry now represent 8.7% or 1 in every 11 jobs here and tourism’s increasing contribution to employment is apparent right across Northern Ireland with all eleven Council areas recording growth in tourism jobs.

Commenting on the increase in tourism jobs and the City Deal, Tourism NI Chief Executive John McGrillen said;

“We have achieved a great deal in the last decade, and jobs in tourism have risen to 65,000 at the end of 2017 which equates to five new jobs being created every day by our tourism industry. The most recent statistics do not take into account the jobs created with the recent hotel boom in Belfast so we expect that this number has already increased over the last nine months”.

“With some of our major visitor attractions operating close to capacity, investment in the development of new internationally compelling visitor attractions will be important to keep job numbers growing, and the Belfast City Deal offers the potential to invest in new products and increase our share of visitors to the island of Ireland”.

[i] NI Statistics and Research Agency’s Business Register and Employment Survey

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