Cross-Border Tourism

Significant increase for visitors travelling from South to North

The figures and charts below indicate the number of visitors crossing the border, who stay one day or more in the other jurisdiction. These figures show a slow but steady increase up to 2008 in both directions with a pattern of greater visitor numbers from North to South.

Since 2008 through to 2014 the number of visitors going South has increased significantly to 1.7m. However, from 2014 there has been a small but gradual decline for visitors travelling in this direction, dropping by 9% from 2015-2016.

Notably, there has been a significant increase (35%) for visitors travelling from the South to the North in 2016. This could be largely due to a stronger Euro to Pound exchange rate.

Cross-border tourism flows

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North to South refers to the tourism flows from Northern Ireland to Ireland while South to North refers to those from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

The revenue graphic illustrates the proportion of revenue for each jurisdiction coming from overseas, GB, cross-border and domestic tourism. You can filter the data using the controls and select the year, type of currency and direction.

Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

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North to South refers to the tourism flows from Northern Ireland to Ireland while South to North refers to those from Ireland to Northern Ireland.

The revenue graphic illustrates the proportion of revenue for each jurisdiction coming from overseas, GB, cross-border and domestic tourism. You can filter the data using the controls and select the year, type of currency and direction.

Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

Revenue share by origin

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Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

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Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

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Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

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Data Sources:

  • Data for Northern Ireland is sourced from the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) and Northern Ireland Tourism Board (NITB)
  • Data for Ireland is sourced from the Central Statistical Office (CSO) and Fáilte Ireland

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Domestic 31.80% 29.75% 30.36% 27.21% 26.19%
GB 18.01% 17.29% 16.42% 16.05% 16.37%
NI 6.14% 5.91% 5.92% 5.54% 5.41%
Overseas 44.05% 47.05% 47.30% 51.21% 52.03%
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Domestic 29.28% 26.85% 31.90% 28.73% 27.92%
GB 35.55% 38.16% 34.51% 35.90% 37.10%
Ireland 9.82% 6.99% 8.22% 7.99% 8.24%
Overseas 25.35% 27.97% 25.38% 27.38% 26.74%

Download the data

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Cross Border Tourism Statistics 2000-2016

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