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16 Aug 2016

Tourism Ireland welcomes news that Dublin and Galway are voted friendliest cities in the world – by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine

Two Irish cities – Dublin and Galway – have made it into the top six friendliest cities in the world in the annual reader survey of Condé Nast Traveler, a major US travel magazine. Dublin is in third position, with Galway coming in sixth place.

Every year, Condé Nast Traveler asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the globe, in its Readers Choice Awards survey. The magazine has unveiled the results of its 2016 survey – taken by some 128,000 readers – including its list of the world’s friendliest cities, where readers felt most welcome. To view the results, click here

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see two of our cities appear in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler survey of friendly cities around the globe. It is another well-deserved accolade for Dublin and Galway. Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points. It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday. This accolade by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine gives Tourism Ireland another great platform to continue to promote our cities and Ireland around the world as a ‘must see’ destination.”

Comments from readers about Galway included:
“Just look at this city – it's hard not to be charmed. On Ireland's west coast, Galway enchanted our readers with the "live music in the pubs and in the street, the food," and, of course, the vibe. One reader, in all caps, said (or maybe shouted?), "THESE ARE THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE I HAVE EVER MET.”

This is what readers had to say about Dublin:
"The people make the place" here, with "pubs and restaurants filled with locals and tourists alike, coming together to celebrate life." ("I've never been somewhere with friendlier drinkers.") "The Irish are so much fun," and "there's always a smiling face to talk to." "We had best recommendations on where to go and what to see from the locals… better than any guide book." In short (and again, in caps): "LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IRELAND. THE PEOPLE ARE THE NICEST IN THE WORLD."

The top ten friendliest cities, according to the 2016 Condé Nast Traveler survey, are:

1. Charleston, South Carolina
2. Sydney, Australia
3. Dublin
4. Queenstown, New Zealand
5. Park City, Utah
6. Galway
7. Savannagh, Georgia
8. Kraków, Poland
9. Bruges, Belgium
10. Nashville, Tennessee

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 220,000 people.
  • In 2015, we welcomed approximately 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 attracted about 16.5 million visits in 2015.