HOLIDAYING in Mid and East Antrim is on the rise, according to recent figures released by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
The data has shown a 17% increase in tourism revenue which has been a direct result of more holiday visitors choosing the borough as their desired location.
The statistics also indicated tourism jobs in Mid and East Antrim were on the up – with an 11% increase in this sector from 2015 to 2017.
With rugged coastlines, castles and former homes to two US presidents you can quickly understand why tourists have us on their bucket list.
The Gobbins is one of the most jaw-dropping hikes in the world allowing visitors to navigate through hidden tunnels and go up and down staircases which have been carved into the cliff face.
In addition we also have the Causeway Coastal Route, Carrickfergus Castle and Slemish Mountain to name but a few.
Councillor Gregg McKeen said: “These figures are proof that more people are coming to Mid and East Antrim to enjoy all our wonderful attractions.
“Those of us who live here already know what fantastic locations we have and that knowledge is spreading throughout the rest of the world.
“Council works closely with the local tourism and hospitality trade to deliver market ready products, offer support and develop compelling reasons to visit Mid and East Antrim.
“With this work I hope these figures continue to rise year on year.”
The encouraging upward trend in both visitor nights, spend and contribution to the Mid and East Antrim economy highlights how Council’s plan to be customer focused and responsive to demand is working.
This is reflected in projects such as the Belfast Regional City Deal, focusing on Carrickfergus and the Gobbins and the Glenarm Regeneration Project.
Council will continue to ensure the borough is attractive to visitors by offering authentic world class experiences and celebrating its uniqueness.