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15 Sep 2015

Ashford Castle is number one on Huffington Post’s “best hotels in the world for fall 2015” list

Tourism Ireland congratulates Ashford Castle on latest accolade

Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo, has taken the top spot on the “best hotels in the world for fall 2015” list on the hugely popular Huffington Post website – which has about 65 million readers in the United States. The author of the list, Richard Bangs, is an extremely respected travel writer, who was invited by Tourism Ireland in New York to visit Ashford Castle earlier this year.

The top spot on the same list last year was taken by another of our hotels – Lough Erne Resort in Enniskillen.

Commenting on the accolade, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “Congratulations to all at Ashford Castle on yet another truly well-deserved accolade. Publicity is a very powerful tool in promoting Ireland – in the United States and elsewhere around the world. The Huffington Post website has about 65 million readers, so this type of positive exposure and recognition is invaluable – it is publicity that money simply cannot buy.”  

To read the article on the Huffington Post website, click here.

Just last month Ashford Castle was also voted the world's number one hotel by Virtuoso, an international network of luxury travel agencies. 

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 8.4 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €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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