Saturday 16 December 2017

TripAdvisor reveals its Top 10 Irish destinations

The Lakes of Killarney. The Kerry hotspot has been voted TripAdvisor's No.1 Irish destination for 2015. Photo: Deposit
The Lakes of Killarney. The Kerry hotspot has been voted TripAdvisor's No.1 Irish destination for 2015. Photo: Deposit
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Killarney is TripAdvisor's top Irish destination for the first time, according to the annual Travellers’ Choice Awards.

The destination awards see Dublin slip to second in the Irish rankings this year, ahead of Dingle, Galway and Donegal Town.

TripAdvisor's Top 10 Irish Destinations are:

  1. Killarney
  2. Dublin
  3. Dingle
  4. Galway
  5. Donegal Town
  6. Westport
  7. Cork
  8. Sligo
  9. Doolin
  10. Tralee

Marrakech topped the list of global destinations, while Siem Reap in Cambodia jumped seven places to second in the rankings.

Istanbul, Hanoi and Prague completed TripAdvisor's World Top Five.

Travellers' Choice award-winners are determined using an algorithm taking into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide, TripAdvisor said.

The reviews are gathered over a twelve month period.

“The competition among global tourist destinations has never been tougher," said James Kay, TripAdvisor spokesperson.

"A combination of low average booking rates and fantastic traveller reviews on TripAdvisor has helped Asian, African and Eastern European destinations steal a march on old favourites like New York and Rome," he added.

"In Ireland, the competition is just fierce, with Killarney jumping above Dublin to claim top spot for the first time.”

“Killarney is one of the jewels in the tourism crown and I’m not surprised to see it so highly rated by TripAdvisor users," said Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland, welcoming the accolade.

He described Killarney as "a great destination, full of fun, festivals and friendly locals", and a key gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way.

The news comes just weeks after National Geographic Traveler made Kerry a cover star, featuring Ross Castle as a cover image and a multi-page story by travel writer and Hollywood actor, Andrew McCarthy.

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