Ireland wins major travel award for fifth consecutive year

Ireland wins major travel award for fifth consecutive year
Alison Metcalfe.

Ireland has been named the "best destination" in Europe by a prestigious travel magazine, for the fifth year in a row.

It received the top destination in Europe honour at the Travel Weekly, Readers Choice Awards in New York.

It beat France, Greece, Italy, Spain and England to the title.

Travel Weekly is the leading weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals and thousands of its readers voted in the various categories earlier this year.

Accepting the award in New York, Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America, said: “We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out for the fifth year in a row 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 2019, in this all-important market.”

2018 will be the sixth record year in a row for visitor numbers to the island of Ireland from North America.

By the end of this year, Ireland will have welcomed about 2.06 million American and Canadian visitors generating revenue of €1.85bn.

Ms Metcalfe said: “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 2019 and beyond.”

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