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02 Dec 2016

Ireland wins ‘Best Luxury Destination’ award in India

Ireland has scooped the award for ‘Best Luxury Destination’ at the Travel+Leisure India’s Best Awards 2016. 

Travel+Leisure India & South Asia is a monthly, luxury travel magazine with about 260,000 readers. The magazine asked those luxury traveller readers to select their favourite destinations – and Ireland took the number one spot in the ‘Best Luxury Destination’ category, beating off stiff competition from 55 other destinations (including France, Spain and the USA). The award was presented to representatives of Tourism Ireland at the Travel+Leisure awards ceremony, which took place in New Delhi.

Accepting the award, Beena Menon, Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out for this accolade by the readers of Travel+Leisure India magazine. Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure the island of Ireland stands out from other destinations – so this award is good news indeed. Winning Travel+Leisure’s top luxury destination award is really good news, providing Tourism Ireland with yet another opportunity to promote the island of Ireland as a ‘must do’ vacation destination for Indian travellers in 2017.“

Tourism Ireland has been working hard to increase awareness of the island of Ireland in India and in 2015, we welcomed more than 25,000 Indian visitors. 
  Anil Lepps, CEO of Indiabulls (leading business house) and his wife, fashion designer Monisha Bajaj; presented the award for ‘Best Luxury Destination’ to Beena Menon (second right) and Kavya Chawla (right), both Tourism Ireland.

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 9.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of €4.9 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted about 16.5 million visitors in 2015.