Ireland has been named Best European Destination at a major travel award ceremony in New York over the weekend, rounding off another excellent year for Irish tourism from the United States.
For the fourth year in a row, the Emerald Isle was named “Best Destination: Europe” at the annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.
Beating off tough competition from Spain, Italy, France, England and Germany, Tourism Ireland’s Head of of North America, Alison Metcalfe, said:
“We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out once again for this prestigious award. Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure the island of Ireland stands out from other destinations – so this award is really good news, coming at the end of another record-breaking year for Irish tourism from the US and as we prepare to kick off another extensive promotional drive in 2018, in this all-important market.”
She added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our travel trade partners across the United States – who continue to play a very important role in helping us to continue to grow visitor numbers to Ireland.
“I would also like to acknowledge the hugely important contribution of our tourism partners from the island of Ireland, who joined us on the ground in the US this year, helping to spread the word about why Ireland is such a great choice for a vacation. We look forward to building on this year’s success together, in 2018 and beyond.”
For more information, visit tourismireland.com.