Ireland has been named as the second ‘most excellent’ country in the world to visit by respected travel site TripAdvisor.
TripAdvisor released its lists of excellence and not only is Ireland high on the list of top countries but also Dublin features high on the list of the best cities as well.
The travel site uses an algorithm that ‘takes into account the quality, quantity, and recency of user reviews’.
It then awards a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ to any accommodation, restaurant, attraction or experience to have received good enough independent reviews.
The properties must have been listed for at least 12 months to be considered and must then have an average review of at least four out of five.
While many largely populated countries and cities will have huge numbers of rated establishments, TripAdvisor used the percentage of establishments that were highly rated when making its lists.
TripAdvisor’s most excellent countries of 2018
1 – Iceland
2 – Ireland
3 – United Kingdom
4 – Greece
5 – Morocco
6 – France
7 – The Netherlands
8 – Italy
9 – Portugal
10 – Belgium
Dublin was named as the sixth most excellent city in the world.
TripAdvisor’s most excellent cities of 2018
1 – Key West, USA
2 – Reykjavik, Iceland
3 – Edinburgh, UK
4 – Marrakech, Morocco
5 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
6 – Dublin, Ireland
7 – Bali, Indonesia
8 – Krakow, Poland
9 – Glasgow, UK
10 – New Orleans, USA
Neela Pal, a spokesperson for TripAdvisor said: “When travellers see a Certificate of Excellence sticker or certificate on display, they immediately know that the business has a track record of offering highly rated guest or diner experiences.”
Written by Michael Kehoe @michaelcalling
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