Belfast hotels see room bookings surge

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New tourism figures have revealed that almost one million hotel rooms were booked in Belfast last year.

According to research commissioned by the Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau (BVCB), total sales showed a 14% increase on the previous 12 months, with an accompanying 18% growth in revenue generated by hoteliers.

The city enjoyed a boost from a number of high profile events in 2014, including those combined with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Belfast-built Titanic, which all had a positive effect on tourism.

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The study carried out by STR Global for the benefit of BVCB revealed that average hotel occupancy was up to 74 per cent from 66 per cent in 2011, peaking at 89 per cent through the summer.

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