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22 Dec 2015

Tourism Ireland welcomes news of Ireland named one of the “Top 10 Destinations to Watch in 2016” – by Condé Nast Traveller online

Ireland has been named one of the “Top 10 Destinations to Watch in 2016” – by Condé Nast Traveller online in Britain. is a popular luxury and lifestyle travel website, with about 270,000 unique users each month. The article in says that Dublin is “buzzing along in a permanent state of celebration” and is a city where “the food scene is more exciting than ever”. It also mentions the Belmond Grand Hibernian, which will make its inaugural journey in August 2016; the Wild Atlantic Way and Skellig Michael, which “played a starring role in the new Star Wars film”; Ireland’s Ancient East, our newest tourism experience; as well as the upcoming Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. To view the article, click here.

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “ has about 270,000 unique users each month, so the inclusion of Ireland in this list is good news indeed and will surely help to inspire travellers in Britain to put the island of Ireland on their holiday wish-list for 2016. It is another well-deserved accolade, which provides Tourism Ireland with a great hook to continue to promote the island of Ireland as a ‘must visit’ destination.

“2015 has been a superb year for overseas tourism, with this week’s CSO figures indicating that it will be a record-breaking year. We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure 2016 is another record year for Irish tourism.”

Other destinations which feature in the list include Quito, Lisbon, Zanzibar and Nepal.


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 more than 200,000 people.
  • By the end of 2015, we will have welcomed about 9.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.7 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in ten language versions around the world, which will attract about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.


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