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24 Sep 2019

Tourism Ireland voted ‘Best Destination’ at annual World Routes Awards 2019

Tourism Ireland fought off tough competition to secure a major win at the international World Routes Awards, taking the ‘Best Destination’ award. The awards have been running for 25 years and recognise excellence in airport and route development marketing. The winners are decided by the votes of international airlines. 

Commenting on the award, Louise Finnegan, Tourism Ireland’s Head of Business Partnership, said: “Tourism Ireland is delighted to have topped the ‘Best Destination’ category at the World Routes Awards 2019. The awards recognise the great partnerships we have developed with airports across the island of Ireland and how we work to support their route development efforts.

“Tourism Ireland has long recognised the importance of connectivity and has developed close working relations with airports on the island of Ireland and commercial partnerships with the airlines flying into them. Our teams work closely with all of our aviation partners on providing insights and data, co-operative campaigns and access to marketing channels. As an island, the importance of frequent, non-stop flights cannot be overstated – they are absolutely critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.”

  Steven Small, Routes (right), presents Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland, with the award for ‘Best Destination’ at the World Routes Awards in Adelaide.

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.

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