Northern Ireland

Hotel room sales in Northern Ireland increase by 11%

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Image caption Hotels in the Belfast area experienced an higher than average rise in occupancy in June

Room sales in Northern Ireland's hotels were 11% higher this June compared to last year, according to new figures.

There were 178,000 rooms sold in hotels in June and overall occupancy levels reached 78% - up 8% from last year.

The figures also show a big increase in business for guest houses and bed and breakfasts, with the number of rooms sold up by 15% over the year.

Hotels in Belfast experienced an higher than average rise in occupancy, but the north west area saw a drop of 1%.

Hotels in the mid-price range, with rooms priced between £50 and £60, saw occupancy drop.

However, those priced below £50 and those above £60 saw occupancy increase.

This could be due to more availability in the mid-price range.

When measured across the first six months of the year the occupancy rises were less dramatic, but still a solid 7% on average.

It suggests the rise in business happened later in the year and may be linked to the opening of Titanic Belfast.