Ireland named best travel destination in Europe

Anyone who has ever been to Ireland knows it’s a bucket list-worthy destination brimming with world-class attractions, historical and cultural sites, and stunning natural landscapes.

Ireland has been named the best travel destination in Europe at the 2021 Travel Weekly Choice Awards.

Welcoming thousands of visitors from all over the world every year, the Emerald Isle is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourists and travellers.

With plenty to see and do for all ages, abilities, and interests, we can think of plenty of reasons why you should visit Ireland as soon as possible – and it looks like Travel Weekly readers agree.

A prestigious award – a world-leading travel destination

Ireland named the best travel destination in Europe.
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Travel Weekly is a leading publication in the world travel industry, boasting thousands of readers each week.

This year’s Readers Choice Awards was their 19th annual ceremony in which they recognise the very best in the world of travel across 79 competitive categories.

The black-tie gala ceremony took place at the Conrad in New York City on 16 December, and Ireland was named the best travel destination in Europe.

Ireland named best travel destination in Europe – beating France, Greece, Italy, and Spain

Ireland named the best travel destination in Europe.
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One such category at this year’s awards recognised the very best travel destination in Europe.

With tough competition from leading travel destinations, such as Greece, Italy, France with its beautiful places to stay in Paris and other regions, and Spain, Ireland was crowned the winner. So, the Emerald Isle took home the title of best travel destination in Europe.

Other finalists for the award included top European destinations, such as England, France, Greece, Iceland, and Italy.

However, this is not the first year Travel Weekly readers have recognised the beauty and attraction of the Emerald Isle. In fact, the 2021 ceremony marks the eighth year that Ireland has been named the best travel destination in Europe.

How the winners were chosen – the voting process

Ireland named the best travel destination in Europe.
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Travel Weekly conducted an open ballot of voting during the summer. During this process, readers were invited to write in the names of companies or destinations they believed best exemplified a particular category.

Companies and destinations with the most votes were then identified as finalists. These were then subjected to a second round of voting in the autumn.

Finalists who received the most votes in this second round were then identified as the 2021 winners.

The leaders in global travel for 2021 – the world’s must-visit destinations

South Africa was named the best travel destination in Africa.
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Accompanying Ireland, which was recognised as the best travel destination in Europe, several other destinations were recognised worldwide.

South Africa was named the best travel destination in Africa, while Australia took home the crown for Asia/Pacific. Vancouver took home the title of the best destination in Canada and St. Lucia best in the Caribbean.

Travel Weekly readers named Costa Rica the best destination in South America, Maui in Hawaii, and Riviera Maya in Mexico. Finally, Hawaii took home the crown of best US state while Las Vegas was named best city in the US.

View the full list of winners here.

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