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America the top destination for short autumn breaks


afternoon capture of new york midtown

afternoon capture of new york midtown

noel moore

afternoon capture of new york midtown

IRISH holidaymakers are looking to America as their favoured location for a short break this autumn.

New York is top of a poll asking where tourists want to spend a short holiday, with San Fransico in second place and Las Vegas in third.

Conducted by Flexibletrips, a part of Thomas Cook Ireland, the survey shows that the Irish also crave sunnier European destinations with Venice at number four, Ibiza number five, Gran Canaria at six, Fuerteventua at nine and Barcelona at 10.

Paris, one of the most frequented cities for international tourists was at eight on the list and perennial stag do destination Prague was in ninth.

Perhaps it is unsurprising that New York finished top of the list—a renowned for its retail power and cultural sights than a summer hotspot.

As John Grehan of Flexibletrips explains, the Irish have a certain partiality for US destinations. “Despite the distance involved, these cities are most people’s idea of a dream break,” he says.

“We Irish are clearly attached to our sun holidays in the European hotspots, but the US still holds special appeal, be it for the shopping in New York, the nightlife in Las Vegas or the style of San Franciso.”