Derry hotels have had yet another record breaking month.
Derry Visitor and Convention Bureau (DVCB) figures show hotel occupancy in June stood at just under 84% - 11% higher than recorded for June 2012.
Furthermore, the total number of hotel rooms sold (almost 16,000) increased by 29% in comparison to June 2012 and DVCB are reporting that it has just out performed May 2013, a previous record month in the city.
DVCB chairman and Derry Mayor Martin Reilly welcomed the today’s figures.
“The trend that we are experiencing is a welcome boost for the hotel, service and tourism industry. The figures are testament to a number of organisations who are working to get the message out, showcase our city, its events, people and new talent to a wide and varied audience. The tourism sector and city as a whole is thriving and to date we are delighted by the significant social and economic benefits we are experiencing as a result.
“I would like to extend congratulations to these agencies and I have no doubt by continued effort we can maximize this success, second half of our event calendar still boasting a number of huge events; the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will see an extra 300,000 visitors to the city over 11-18 August 2013.
“With a host of events still to come including The Walled City Tattoo, Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival, Lumiere and the Turner Prize, it is vital that with continued effort and enthusiasm we build on the legacy of our city of culture status for future years and generations to come,” he said