A new survey has revealed that Dublin and Belfast were the top choices for vacation goers in Ireland during the first half of 2012.

The survey carried out by Hotels.com showed that Dublin is the most popular destination for overseas travelers, while Belfast takes second place. The Northern Irish city profited from a particularly busy first six months of the year with the opening of the new Titanic Exhibition Centre in April and a large scale campaign by Tourism Ireland helping to boost visitor numbers.

Cultural hot spot Galway is in third place while Cork is fourth on the chart of home-grown destinations. New to this latest list are Ennis and Sligo which are 9th and 10th respectively.

Top 10 domestic destinations for overseas travelers in 2012:


As for the Irish, although stay-cations have become popular of late, London topped the poll for the most popular overseas destination for Irish travelers. The report shows that London was the most visited overseas city by Irish travelers in the first half of the year, keeping New York and Paris from the top spot.

However, the US remains one of the most popular countries for Irish travelers. New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago all appear on the list and have consistently featured in the Top 20 over the past number of years.


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