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13 Aug 2018

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

Three Irish cities – Cork, Galway and Dublin – have made it into the top ten friendliest cities in the world in the annual reader survey of Condé Nast Traveler, a major US travel magazine. Cork is in third position, Galway is at number five, with Dublin coming in eighth 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 2018 survey – taken by hundreds of thousands of its 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 three of our cities appear in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler survey of friendly cities around the globe. It is another well-deserved accolade for Cork, Galway and Dublin. 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 about Cork included:
“Cork is bursting with cozy pubs and beer gardens, where you can ‘enjoy the outdoors while sharing a table with friendly locals’. Don't forget to set aside some time to browse the local art galleries and load up on goodies at the English Market.”

Comments about Galway included:
“the town itself is so charming, you might find yourself sticking close to the cobblestoned streets and ancient architecture for at least a day or two. Readers were particularly struck by the locals, who ‘instantly make you feel welcomed’."

This is what Condé Nast Traveler had to say about Dublin:
“Great people, lots of activities, terrific nightlife. What's not to love?"

The top ten friendliest cities, according to the 2018 Condé Nast Traveler survey, are:
  1. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  2. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  3. Cork
  4. Queenstown, New Zealand
  5. Galway
  6. Puebla, Mexico
  7. Adelaide, Australia
  8. Dublin
  9. Victoria, B.C., Canada
  10. Chiang Mai, Thailand

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 281,000 people across the island.
  • In 2017, we welcomed approximately 10.6 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland, delivering revenue of about €5.78 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.

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