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28 Nov 2017

Dublin makes National Geographic Traveler’s annual ‘Best of the World’ list

Dublin among 21 best places to visit in 2018, according to writers and editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine

National Geographic Traveler magazine has revealed its ‘Best of the World’ 2018, its annual list of the 21 ‘must-see’ destinations to visit in the year ahead – and Dublin is among the magazine’s top picks for best cities. 

The selection process included nominations from the publication’s worldwide network of writers, editors and explorers. The full results feature in the December/January issue of National Geographic Traveler (more than 9.6 million readers), which hits newsstands from today (28 November), as well as online at

Dublin is described as “Ireland’s intimate capital” which “exudes a friendly, village vibe” and the magazine urges readers to “stroll around to discover Dublin’s historic Georgian squares and cozy pubs and high-tech treasures, like the new Irish Emigration Museum and revamped National Gallery of Ireland”

Tourism Ireland will take every opportunity to maximise this accolade for Dublin over the coming weeks and months.

“I am delighted to see Dublin feature in the prestigious National Geographic Traveler ‘Best of the World’ list for 2018,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland. “It is wonderful news and will surely help inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and Ireland on their holiday wish-list for next year. It provides Tourism Ireland with another great hook to continue to promote Dublin around the world as a ‘must see’ destination.”

Tourism Ireland’s promotions to leverage this accolade will include a full-page Dublin ad and a full-page article all about Dublin in the latest National Geographic Traveler; extensive social media activity, including posts on Facebook (Tourism Ireland has 4+ million fans worldwide) and Twitter (about 451,000 followers); as well as a major PR and publicity push to Tourism Ireland’s 20,000 international media contacts (including an article on the organisation’s online press room). 


Notes To Editors

The 2018 ‘Best of the World’ destinations (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Albania
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Dublin
  • Friesland, the Netherlands
  • Harar, Ethiopia
  • Jordan Trail, Jordan
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • Labrador, Canada
  • Madagascar
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Ruaha NP, Tanzania
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Tétouan, Morocco
  • Vienna, Austria