Dublin has been named as the ‘favourite world-wide city’ at a prestigious travel awards ceremony in Florida.
The awards were handed out by online travel company Trazee, owned by Global Traveller magazine. They surveyed thousands of travellers aged between 18 and 35 to find out where their favourite destination was.
The Irish capital beat off competition from other iconic global cities including New York, Paris, Tokyo and London.
The victory is a major coup for Ireland. Tourism has become one of the key industries in the past decade, as more visitors are now travelling to Ireland than ever before. It is becoming increasingly popular with younger travellers wanting to tour several countries and cities on a single trip.
Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland said: “These young independent travellers are open to travelling for shorter breaks and are looking for cities that offer vibrant and distinctive cultural experiences.”
Director of Dublin Fáilte Ireland, Orla Carroll added: “This award is a fantastic accolade for Dublin which proves that our capital has something unique and extraordinary to offer the young and discerning traveller.
“Fáilte Ireland and the Dublin Tourism Industry have been working hard to re-position Dublin as a destination that offers unforgettable experiences to the young adventurous traveller.
“This award, which is voted for by the visitors we are trying to reach, prove that our efforts are paying off. More than that, it is a real testament to the variety and quality of experiences Dublin has to offer visitors of all ages.”
Ireland, and Dublin specifically, is already hugely popular with tourists over the age of 40, many of whom are of Irish descent and wish to visit the land of their ancestors and soak up the local culture.
The fact that younger people are now seeing Dublin as a must-see city during their travels is great news for the country. Dublin’s vibrant nightlife and exciting atmosphere puts it amongst the world’s most popular cities.