It makes me very happy to read positive statistics about Ireland.
Ireland has been ranked the fourth best country in the world for ‘travel experiences’.
The data was compiled from TripAdvisor ratings.The travel site has unveiled research about the top places in the world for travellers to participate in local tours, activities and experiences – based on the combined average ratings and reviews of its users.
According to TripAdvisor: “Ireland’s scenic landscapes, like a Howth Peninsula Hiking tour, and cultural experiences, like a Whiskey Tasting Tour of Dublin, propelled the country into the list of top five countries worldwide for experiences, making it also the best country in Europe for travel experiences”.
And Cork has been voted the third friendliest city in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s annual reader survey.
Three Irish cities made it into the top 10 friendliest cities list, with Cork in third place, Galway at number five, and Dublin coming in eighth place. Every year, Condé Nast Traveler asks its readers to decide on their favourite cities around the world, in its Readers’ Choice Awards Survey.
Condé Nast has advised visitors to Cork to “set aside some time to browse the local art galleries and load up on goodies at the English Market”.
Looking at Galway, the travel magazine advised visitors to “make time to snap some photos of the Spanish Arch and the Claddagh; nights are reserved for sipping Guinness with the friendly crowds”.
And with regards to the capital, editors suggested that visitors to Dublin should “slow down to a stroll through St Stephen’s Green, or linger over a meal at one of the city’s buzzy new restaurants”.