Northern Ireland tourism trade boosted by surge in hotel bookings

Room sales in Northern Ireland hotels were 11 per cent higher in June compared to the same time last year, according to new figures from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI).

Overall occupancy levels, meanwhile reached 78 per cent, up from 70% last year, with hotels benefiting from major events such as the opening in late March of the Titanic museum.  

"The fact that Belfast and Northern Ireland are posting record hotel occupancy rates in the second quarter of 2012 bodes well for the tourism industry later this year," said Richard Ramsey, chief economist in Northern Ireland with Ulster Bank, who analysed the figures.  

Londonderry will be hosting major events next year, part of its status as City of Culture.  

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