Killarney has been ranked as one of the top 10 global tourist destinations — with some of the most highly-rated hotels in the world.
According to the annual reputation ranking released by hotel search website Trivago, the Kerry tourist hotspot comes in eighth place and is the only Irish or British destination to make the top 30. The five-star Killarney Park Hotel came second in Trivago’s Top Hotel Awards in November of last year.
Galway is the only other Irish town or city in the top 100, coming in at 57th place. Bath was the highest ranked UK destination, taking position 34 with an index of 83.27%.
Turkey’s Göreme took the number one spot followed by Matera (Italy), San Gimignano (Italy), Gramado (Brazil), Hanoi (Vietnam), Lecce (Italy), Siem Reap (Cambodia), Killarney (Ireland), Sorrento (Italy), and Funchal (Portugal).
The list of 100 destinations, which is published annually, ranks global destinations according to the reputation of their hotels.
Each destination is given an index, which is based on more than 200m hotel reviews and ratings aggregated from over 30 booking sites worldwide. In order to make the comparison fair, only hotels with at least 60 reviews and destinations with at least 130 hotels are included.
Göreme in Turkey has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, and Göreme National Park is a Unesco World Heritage Site. In second and third place were the historic Italian towns of Matera and San Gimignano, both of which are also included on the Unesco World Heritage List.
Italian destinations featured heavily in the top 10, with four listed. Italy fared well overall, with eight cities in the top 100, the most of any nation. This was followed by the United States (7), China (6), Russia (5), and the UK (5).
Trivago PR for the UK and Ireland David Lintott said Killarney consistently “punched above its weight” to outrank some of the major cities around the world.
“It is interesting to note that smaller destinations dominate this year’s list, which suggests that holidaymakers rate their stay based on their experience rather than by a destination’s reputation. A number feature on Unesco’s World Heritage List, which shows the continuing lure of historically-significant regions,” he said.
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