§ David Burnside
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the tourism revenue spent in Northern Ireland as a result of the North West 200 motorcycle races this year. [R]
§ Mr. Gardiner
The Northern Ireland Events Company (NIEC) provides financial support towards the North West 200. Based on information from the event organisers the NIEC will draw up a post evaluation report. This information will include bed revenue and tourist spend and will be required from the organisers within eight weeks of the date of the event.
Based on figures for previous years provided by Coleraine borough council (CBC) it is estimated that the North West 200 will generate approximately £5.6 million tourism revenue in 2004.