HC Deb 11 February 1998 vol 306 c261W
9. Mr. Ian Bruce

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many tourists and others visited Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available. [26873]

Mr. Ingram

During 1996, following the cease-fire breakdown, 1.44 million visitors came to Northern Ireland, including 298,000 pure holiday visitors. Current estimates for 1997 suggest a decline on 1996, with total visits falling to around 1.4 million, and pure holiday visitors to 248,000.