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09 Aug 2015

Dublin scoops travel award in the US

Inaugural ‘Trazee’ awards name the best in travel – including Dublin as favourite worldwide city

Dublin has been voted “favourite worldwide city” at an awards ceremony in Orlando, Florida. Aer Lingus was also named “favourite airline in Europe”.

The inaugural Trazees were organised by – an online publication targeting travellers aged 18-35 and owned by Global Traveler magazine – to name and celebrate the very best in the travel industry, according to the “in-the-know 18-35 traveler”. Trazee editors and staff collected nominations from the web publication’s contributors and also invited readers to submit their favourites using online ballots.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland’s head of North America, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Dublin has been singled out for this award. Tourism Ireland has been working hard to build awareness of Ireland, and our great cities like Dublin, among our American social energiser audience. These young independent travellers are open to travelling for shorter breaks and are looking for cities that offer vibrant and distinctive cultural experiences.

“The United States is an extremely important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2015 looks set to be another record year, with the most recent CSO figures showing growth of +15% in visitors from North America for January to June, almost 85,000 extra visitors compared with the same six-month period in 2014. Tourism Ireland is determined to ensure that growth continues and we have an extensive programme of promotions under way in the US throughout 2015. Ireland now welcomes 10% of all American visitors to Europe – particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations.”

Matthew Critelli, Alison Metcalfe and Deirdre O’Brien, all Tourism Ireland New York, with the Trazee award for Dublin.

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 2014, we welcomed an estimated 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.1 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, available in ten different language versions for over 30 individual markets around the world. In 2014, attracted about 14.25 million visitors.

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Mid-year review of overseas tourism 2015