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21 Oct 2014

Ireland is named fifth best country in the world to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet

Tourism Ireland welcomes Lonely Planet accolade

Ireland has been named the fifth best country in the world to visit in 2015 by Lonely Planet. The popular travel guidebook publisher has unveiled the accolade in its prestigious Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 – its collection of the world’s hottest trends, destinations and experiences for the coming year.

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said:

“The inclusion of Ireland at number five in this new Lonely Planet book is really good news and will surely help to inspire travellers everywhere to put Ireland on their holiday wish-list for 2015. It also gives Tourism Ireland another wonderful hook to continue to promote the island of Ireland around the world as a ‘must visit’ destination.”

 Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this latest accolade over the coming weeks – spreading the word through specially created page on its website,; through its social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter; and at major travel fairs like the upcoming World Travel Market.

Describing Ireland, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015 says: 

“Ireland is stunningly scenic, its traditions firmly intact and the cosmopolitan, contemporary Irish are just as friendly and welcoming as their forebears were known to be”.


Top 10 Countries in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

  1. Singapore
  2. Namibia
  3. Lithuania
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Ireland
  6. Republic of Congo
  7. Serbia
  8. The Philippines
  9. St Lucia
  10. Morocco

Notes To Editors

  • Tourism Ireland is the organisation responsible for promoting the island of Ireland overseas as a leading holiday destination.
  • Tourism is the island of Ireland’s largest indigenous industry; responsible for in excess of 4% of GNP in the Republic of Ireland and employing approximately 200,000 people.
  • In 2013, we welcomed an estimated 8 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of almost €4 billion. Overseas tourism business accounts for 59% of all tourism revenue.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world.


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