A number of major Irish attractions have picked up awards at the World Travel Awards 2019, with Epic Emigration Museum being voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction.
The awards took place in Madeira, Portugal, on June 8th, and recognise hotels and attractions around the world for standing out and excelling in the hospitality industry.
Epic beat out renowned names such as Buckingham Palace and the Eiffel Tower to scoop the award. Already this year the museum has welcomed over 300,000 visitors, and it is expected that the award will provide a significant boost to the attraction’s international profile.
Opened in 2016, Epic tells the story of the 10m Irish people who emigrated to start new lives abroad, their contributions, and their enduring influence. Told through a series of 20 interactive galleries, visitors are taken on a journey from Ireland to far corners of the globe including North America, New Zealand and Australia.
The hands-on nature of the museum has won it numerous awards since opening. Visitors can swipe through video galleries, dance through motion sensor quizzes and listen to 100 year old remastered audio.
Speaking about the award, the founder of Epic Neville Isdell said: “It is truly an honour to receive an award of this magnitude; we are delighted to be named Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction for 2019.
“I have always believed that the story of Irish people around the world was worth telling, and so, I founded Epic. When we opened in 2016, we had a vision to create a local museum that could connect globally. It’s very important that we honour the Irish diaspora abroad and recognise the vital contributions and monumental impact Irish people have made worldwide.”
Other significant Irish wins this year included the Jameson Distillery Bow St being named Europe’s Leading Distillery Tour, and the Convention Centre Dublin picking up the award for Europe’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination.
Meanwhile, the Titanic Hotel, Belfast, was named Northern Ireland’s Leading Hotel at the awards.
Speaking about the win, Titanic Hotel’s General Manager Adrian McNally said: “It’s fantastic to be recognised globally as a leader in the hospitality sector too. Northern Ireland has so much to offer tourists, so we hope this award brings more attention to that too, and tourism numbers continue to grow.”