One of Ireland’s most iconic sites has been named on the shortlist for the prestigious Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction World Travel Award.
Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse is one of the seven finalists in with a chance of scooping the big prize, alongside other iconic sites including Buckingham Palace and the Roman Colosseum.
It is the first time an Irish site has made the final of the awards in its 22 years history.
The Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse Paul Carty said: “Today is a very proud day for the team.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised on the same stage as some of Europe’s most iconic visitor attractions.
“Previous winners of the award include the Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis, and it is an honour to stand with them on the shortlist for these prestigious awards.”
The Guinness Storehouse being included is another sign of the growing tourist industry in Ireland.
The famous site in Dublin welcomes thousands of people through its doors each year, to tour the factory and sample the produce. It is one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Ireland.
The World Travel Awards are considered to be amongst the most prestigious accolades a tourist destination can be given. It has been nicknamed ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.
It is a major boost and great publicity for the Guinness Storehouse and the Irish tourism market as a whole.
The seven sites named in the final are:
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Buckingham Palace, England
Guinness Storehouse, Dublin
La Sagrada Familia, Spain
Ribeira do Porto, Portugal
The Eiffel Tower, France
The Roman Colosseum, Italy
The Storehouse has also created a promotion video, showing the painting of a mural of all the seven finalists on the glass walls of its Gravity Bar, and encouraging fans to vote for them.
Take a look at the video below. The final painting is really stunning.