Ireland has picked up the Best Desintation: Europe award at the annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards, which took place on Thursday 14th of December in New York.
Ireland beat out competition including France, Italy, Spain, Germany and England, to win the award for the fourth year running.
Travel Weekly is the leading weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals and some 15,000 of its readers voted in the various categories earlier this year. Now in their 15th year, the Readers Choice Awards represent the “best of the best in travel,” according to Travel Weekly.
“We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out once again for this prestigious award,” said Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s Head of North America. “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.”
2017 will be the fifth record year in a row for visitor numbers to the island of Ireland from North America, with an estimated 1.83m American and Canadian tourists travelling here, up 16.7% on 2016, delivering revenue of €1.67bn.
“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,” continued Alison Metcalfe. “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.”