'Village vibe' puts capital on must-see travel list
Dublin's "friendly, village vibe" has helped make the capital one of the best places in the world to visit next year.
'National Geographic Traveller' magazine has handed Dublin a prestigious place on its top-21 list for 2018.
The US travel bible's writers and editors compiled the list, on which the Irish capital slots in alongside the likes of Sydney, Madagascar and Vienna.
The magazine calls Dublin "Europe's largest village" and says that "Ireland's intimate capital exudes a friendly, village vibe".
It recommends that visitors "discover Dublin's historic Georgian squares and cosy pubs" while also advising that tourists visit more "high-tech treasures" such as the Irish Emigration Museum and the refurbished National Gallery.
Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons was understandably thrilled with Dublin's inclusion on the list.
"I am delighted to see Dublin feature in the prestigious 'National Geographic Traveller' 'Best of the World' list for 2018," he said.
"It is wonderful news and will surely help inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and Ireland on their holiday wish-list for next year. It provides Tourism Ireland with another great hook to continue to promote Dublin around the world as a 'must-see' destination."
The list, which was published yesterday, also includes such exotic locations as Harar in Ethiopia, Oaxaca in Mexico and Seoraksan National Park, South Korea.
Keelin Fagan, head of Dublin at Fáilte Ireland, said that it was a positive recognition of the city's position as a vibrant, friendly and culturally rich international city break destination.
It comes as CSO figures showed a near 3pc rise in the number of people visiting Ireland during August to October.
Trips to Ireland increased by 2.9pc to 2,934,400 - an overall increase of 83,900 compared to the same period last year.