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23 Aug 2018

Tourism Ireland welcomes news of Ireland ranked fourth in the world for ‘travel experiences’ – according to TripAdvisor ratings

Ireland has been ranked the fourth best destination in the world for ‘travel experiences’ by TripAdvisor. The popular travel site has unveiled research about the top places in the world for travellers to participate in local tours, activities and experiences, based on the combined average ratings and reviews of its users. 

According to TripAdvisor “Ireland’s scenic landscapes, like a Howth Peninsula Hiking tour, and cultural experiences, like a Whiskey Tasting Tour of Dublin, propelled the country into the list of top five countries worldwide for experiences, making it also the best country in Europe for travel experiences”.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I’m delighted to see that Ireland has been ranked the fourth best destination in the world for ‘travel experiences’. The findings are based on travellers’ own experiences on holidays here, so the inclusion of Ireland in this list is particularly good news – helping to give us ‘stand-out’ in a very competitive international marketplace. The great variety of things to see and do, activities and experiences is one of our unique selling points and makes Ireland such a great choice for a short break or holiday.”

The top five best destinations in the world for travel experiences are:
1.    Costa Rica
2.    New Zealand
3.    Vietnam
4.    Ireland
5.    Scotland

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 300,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.3 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.6 billion.
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 19.2 million visitors in 2017.