§ 22. Mr. Ian Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on tourism within Northern Ireland.
§ Mr. Atkins
Last year, 1991, was the third record year in a row for the industry, with an 18 per cent. increase in pure holiday visitors. Extra resources have been given to the Northern Ireland tourist board to promote the area as a holiday destination and improve its tourist product, and the board's corporate plan for the next three years will be published shortly. I am confident that the tourist industry can make an increasing contribution to economic development in Northern Ireland.