Dublin named 'favourite worldwide city' at prestigious travel awards ceremony
Dublin has scooped the prestigious 'favourite worldwide city' award at the Trazee awards in Orlando, Florida.
Aer Lingus was also named “favourite airline in Europe”.
The awards are organised by trazeetravel.com, an online publication, owned by Global Traveler magazine, targeting travellers aged 18-35.
They aim to celebrate the very best in the travel industry, according to the “in-the-know 18-35 traveler”.
Trazee editors and staff collected nominations from the web publication’s contributors and also invited readers to submit their favourites using online ballots.
Alison Metcalfe of Tourism Ireland said that a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to build awareness of Ireland among the American audience.
"These young independent travellers are open to travelling for shorter breaks and are looking for cities that offer vibrant and distinctive cultural experiences," she said
The US is a very important market for tourism to the island of Ireland and 2015 looks set to be another record year, with recent CSO figures showing growth of 15pc in visitors from North America for January - June 2015.
Tourism Ireland say that they are determined to ensure that growth continues, and plan to operate an extensive programme of promotions in the US for the rest of 2015.
"Ireland now welcomes 10pc of all American visitors to Europe - particularly noteworthy given the intense competition from other destinations," a spokeswoman said.