TripAdvisor, the travel review site, has revealed the top ten places to visit in Ireland, as named by the Annual Traveler’s Choice Awards.
Killarney, County Kerry, came out on top in the user review poll. Dublin slipped into second place followed by Dingle, also in Kerry, Galway and Donegal Town. The rankings are based on user reviews for the past year and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions.
TripAdvisor spokesperson, James Kay told the Irish Independent, “In Ireland, the competition is just fierce, with Killarney jumping above Dublin to claim top spot for the first time.”
Shaun Quinn, CEO of Fáilte Ireland welcomed the vote saying, “Killarney is one of the jewels in the tourism crown and I’m not surprised to see it so highly rated by TripAdvisor users.”
Here are TripAdvisor’s top Irish destinations:
Globally, the user reviews revealed that several destinations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe outperformed the more traditional holiday destinations in North America and Western Europe.
Marrakech, in Morocco, was named the highest rated destination in the world. Meanwhile, Cambodia’s Siem Reap jumped seven places to second place, ahead of Istanbul, Hanoi, and Prague.
Kay said, “The competition among global tourist destinations has never been tougher...A combination of low average booking rates and fantastic traveler reviews on TripAdvisor has helped Asian, African and Eastern European destinations steal a march on old favorites like New York and Rome."
2015 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners:
2. Siem Reap
8. Buenos Aires
10. Cape Town
In Europe, travelers voted Istanbul, Prague, London, Rome, and Paris as their favorite places with Swiss ski resort Zermatt also getting a mention, along with Turkey’s Göreme.