Ireland was voted “Best European Destination for a Family Vacation” in the annual WAVE awards, organised by TravelAge West magazine, the leading travel trade publication covering the 14 Western States of the US.
Accepting the award at a gala awards ceremony in Beverly Hills attended by over 300 travel industry leaders, Joe Byrne, Tourism Ireland’s Executive Vice President United States and Canada, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Ireland has been singled out for this award by Travelage West. Tourism Ireland has been working hard to build awareness of the island of Ireland as a premier vacation destination among US consumers. And of course, in a difficult and competitive year for tourism, anything that gives us stand-out from our competitors is very welcome.”
Other destinations nominated in the prestigious WAVE Awards (Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence) included Great Britain, Italy and Germany. Tourism Ireland also picked up a second award during the evening when the organisation was runner-up in the category “International Tourist Board Providing Best Support to Travel Agents”.
Accepting the “Best European Destination for a Family Vacation” award at a gala ceremony in Beverly Hills from Michelle Rosenberg, TravelAge West are Tom Heneghan and Joe Byrne, Tourism Ireland.
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