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Ireland wins double travel awards in America

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, accepted the “best destination: Europe” award for Ireland, at the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards in New York.

Ireland was named “Best Destination: Europe” at the Travel Weekly annual Readers Choice Awards beating off stiff competition from England, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Travel Weekly is the leading weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals and some 12,000 of its readers voted in the various categories earlier this year.

Additionally for the fourth year in a row, Ireland was named “Best Tourism Destination” by frequent travellers in the United States at the 2015 GT Tested Awards. In a survey conducted during 2015, more than 22,000 readers of American travel magazine Global Traveler named Ireland their favourite tourism destination overall. Global Traveler is a monthly luxury travel magazine which has a circulation of almost 110,000.

Niall Gibbons, Tourism Ireland’s CEO, said:

“We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out for not one, but two, awards in the United States this week. 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 these awards are 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 our extensive 2016 promotional drive in this all-important market.

“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.”

Tourism Ireland said that 2015 will be another record year for visitor numbers to the island of Ireland from North America. By the end of this year, about 1.4 million American and Canadian visitors will have visited Ireland. Tourism Ireland has undertaken an extensive, very targeted programme of promotions right throughout 2015, building awareness of the island of Ireland as a premier vacation destination.