Game of Thrones, which returned to UK viewers screens on Monday night, has bolstered the economy of Northern Ireland by £110.7 million over the past five years.
The popular HBO series, which is in its sixth series that airs weekly on Sky Atlantic, has been filmed in Northern Ireland for the past five years.
In that time it has created over 900 full-time and 5,700 part time jobs, with more than £12 million being invested in the programme by Northern Ireland Screen.
Moyra Lock, marketing director of Northern Ireland Screen, said: “The economic impact from Game of Thrones is incredible. But it’s more than the money. It’s also what it has meant in terms of added value.”
Jobs created include those who make money out of guided tours for fans visiting the area, but more than just in tourism jobs have been created by just the sheer demands of the costume managers, with small jewellery firms commissioned to make crowns and necklaces for the programme.
Since Northern Ireland Screen’s investment it was estimated that over the last series between £21 and £23 million had been brought into the area, a great return on the £1.6 million cash boost by the organisation over the same period of time.