More people from the Republic are visiting Northern Ireland because of weak sterling.
Figures for Q1 of 2017 show visitors from the State took 105,000 trips to the North and spent £19 million (€21 million) – nearly 80 per cent more than they did the over same period in 2016.
The majority of these trips – 58,000 – were to visit friends and family but some 26,000 made the journey purely for holiday reasons and there was also a 194 per cent jump to 12,000 in the number of people from the Republic making business trips.
Overall the latest quarterly tourism figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show a record one million overnight trips were taken in the North by both visitors and local residents during the three months to March.
This in turn delivered a record visitor spend of £170 million which equated to an average spend each day of about £1.9 million.