Northern Ireland saw an increase in inflow of business tourists in 2011. There was a 14% increase in the number of visitors. Total 276,000 business people visited Northern Ireland. Business tourism is trips or visits by people for business related activities like business events, conferences, exhibitions, business incentive travel, and individual business travels to promote business. Rise in business tourism has been a major boost for Ireland’s economy. Hotel occupancies were the highest in 2011. Analysts predict that the flow of business tourists will increase in the second half of 2012. Most of the events and conferences usually happen at the year end, and this will bring tourists to Northern Ireland. A recent survey by the Tourism Board found that visitors usually spend an average of 2.6 days in the country. The report also found that 13% tourists extended their stay beyond the event. The extended period was up to an additional 3.3 days. Northern Ireland has been in focus in recent times for its developing economy. The infrastructure projects and job market have brought attention to this country. With major companies establishing their projects and facilities in this area, the part will see major growth in coming times. Get your profile evaluated by our Irish immigration experts for FREE. Contact us on 1800 103 1555 or sms “VISA” to 56263 for more information. Share your thoughts and views with us Facebook.