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07 Oct 2019

Tourism Ireland welcomes news that Ireland is in Top 20 Countries to visit in 2020 – as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine

Ireland has made it onto the list of the top 20 countries in the world to visit in 2020 – in the Readers’ Choice Awards of Condé Nast Traveler, a major travel magazine.
The magazine today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards – with more than 600,000 readers across the globe submitting their responses and rating their recent travel experiences of the world’s countries, cities, islands, hotels, resorts, cruise lines, airlines and airports.
Ireland comes in at number 18 in the ‘Top 20 Countries of the World’ category. To view the results, click here.
Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “I am delighted to see Ireland feature in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. 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. This accolade by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine is good news indeed – reminding people everywhere that the island of Ireland is a great choice for a holiday and giving Tourism Ireland another great platform to continue to promote Ireland around the world as a ‘must see’ destination.”
The top 20 countries to visit in 2020, according to the Condé Nast Traveler survey, are:
1. Indonesia
2. Thailand
3. Portugal
4. Sri Lanka
5. South Africa
6. Peru
7. Greece
8. Philippines
9. Italy
10. Vietnam
11. Turkey
12. Japan
13. Mexico
14. Tanzania
15. Israel
16. Colombia
17. New Zealand
18. Ireland
19. Cambodia
20. Croatia
21. Cork
22. Queenstown, New Zealand
23. Galway
24. Puebla, Mexico
25. Adelaide, Australia
26. Dublin
27. Victoria, B.C., Canada
28. 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 around 325,000 people across the island.
  • In 2018, we welcomed almost 11.2 million overseas visitors to the island of Ireland (+5% on 2017), delivering revenue of approximately €5.86 billion (+5%).
  • Tourism Ireland’s international website is, 29 market sites available in 11 language versions around the world, which attracted around 20+ million visitors in 2018.