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21 Oct 2016

Ireland voted best destination in the world – beating France, Germany and Italy at the Group Leisure Awards 2016

Ireland has triumphed at this year’s Group Leisure Awards in Britain, after being voted Best International Destination by thousands of readers of Group Leisure magazine.

Beating off stiff competition from the likes of France, Germany, Italy and India to claim the title, the award was presented to representatives of Tourism Ireland at the Group Leisure Awards ceremony, which took place in Birmingham this week.

The annual awards recognise the best destinations, attractions, and providers for the group travel industry – as voted for by active travel organisers from sports and social clubs, retired associations, special interest societies and other groups.  

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out for this accolade by the readers of Group Leisure magazine and influential group travel organisers around Britain. 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.”

Rob Yandell, Group Leisure magazine publisher, added: “For Ireland to win Best International Destination represents a personal recommendation from group travel organisers”.

  Stuart Prosser, Jet2.com (left), and presenters Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, of Strictly Come Dancing fame, present the award for Best International Destination to Cormac Ó Suilleabháin and Judith Cassidy, 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 approximately 9.5 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €4.9 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is www.ireland.com, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted more than 16.6 million visitors in 2015.

 

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