Ireland: Best destination in Europe

Ireland was named Europe’s Best Destination for the seventh year in a row at the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards 2020.

By being named Travel Weekly Readers Choice 2020 for the best destination in Europe, Ireland edged out England, France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

Niall Gibbons, Managing Director of Tourism Ireland, noted he and his team were “delighted” that Ireland was honored for the seventh consecutive year.

“At the end of what has been a devastating year for travel and tourism, this accolade is welcome news.

“Our hearts are with all of those people engaged in hospitality at this time,” Gibbons said, adding: “While we face immense uncertainty right now, hope is looming on the horizon in the form vaccines.

“We look forward to a more positive and prosperous year in 2021 and accolades like this really help keep Ireland in the spotlight for the right reasons.”

Amidst all the hardships and uncertainties for our industry, it was great to see that we won the ‘Best Destination’ award in New York City for the seventh consecutive year from Travel Weekly readers.@ metcalfealison1and our team in the USA.

– Niall Gibbons (@NiallGibbons) December 22, 2020

The 18th Annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards were announced at a virtual event on December 17th. Before announcing this year’s winners, Travel Weekly noted, “Although travel was curtailed by the pandemic for much of 2020, the winners operated for part of the year (and some operations continue all the way). long), as well as the months of 2019 that occurred after votes were cast for last year’s awards.

Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann said: “It may have seemed to consumers that travel is on hold in 2020, but the industry was very active and focused on making travel safer for today. today and for the future. And consumers with cabin fever were very much in touch with their travel counselors, exploring travel options and possibilities for future travel.

“The companies these advisors have selected as winners of the Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards 2020 are the ones they know how to bring consumers the highest levels of satisfaction. ”

From Ireland, Weekly Travel noted: “Ireland’s mesmerizing landscapes, historic villages and castles, and friendly, witty locals who welcome tourists with the warmth of their hometown have always drawn American travelers.

“Strong government support has spurred such efforts as the former East of Ireland, the East Coast’s response to the Wild Atlantic Way, offering a range of experiences outside of Dublin. “

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