Northern Ireland tourism is aiming to better a strong 2017 in the coming year, including an increase in Belfast’s hotel capacity of more than 1,000 additional rooms, around 25%, partly as a result of the pound’s fall in value after the Brexit vote.

Between June 2016 and June 2017, Northern Ireland had 2.2m visitors which is expected to grow by 6% in 2018.

However, many foreign nationals – who make up 25% of the sector’s workforce – have left for jobs in the Irish Republic where wages have not seen the same drop in value.

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