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Northern Ireland Expects Over 60,000 Chinese Visitors

Tourism Ireland has reported the ongoing success of initiatives aimed at taking a larger share of the lucrative Chinese market, demonstrated in 2016, when 60,000 Chinese tourists visited Northern Ireland, many of which travelled by ferry to Belfast.


The popularity of sailings from Cairnryan in Scotland is attributed to joint sales missions of Irish tourism authority and Stena Line in China.

Additionally, the British-Irish visa scheme enabling Chinese tourists to visit both the UK and Ireland on a single entry visa is also considered a significant travel incentive. 

David Boyce, head, Asia, Middle East, UK inbound, Tourism Ireland, elaborated, “Tourism Ireland is working hard to win a greater share of that [Chinese] business for Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland.”