Ireland wins 'Best Destination' travel award for fourth year in a row

Some 15,000 readers of Travel Weekly voted earlier this year

Ireland wins 'Best Destination' travel award for fourth year in a row

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland's head of North America, with the

Ireland was been named as "Best Destination: Europe" at the annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.

The ceremony, held in New York, saw us beat off tough competition from France, Italy, Spain, Germany and England.

Travel Weekly is a weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals.

Some 15,000 of its readers voted in various categories earlier this year.

Ireland also won this award in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Alison Metcalfe, Tourism Ireland's head of North America, said: "We are delighted that Ireland has been singled out once again for this prestigious award.

"Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure the island of Ireland stands out from other destinations".

2017 will be the fifth record year in a row for visitor numbers to Ireland from North America.

By the end of this year, we will have welcomed about 1.83 million American and Canadian visitors (+16.7%) - delivering revenue of €1.67bn.

Tourism Ireland has also undertaken a targeted programme of promotions throughout 2017, building awareness of Ireland as a premier vacation destination.