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Here are all the Irish spots nominated at the World Travel Awards this year


By Sarah Finnan
17th Jun 2021

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Here are all the Irish spots nominated at the World Travel Awards this year

The World Travel Awards has released their 2021 list of nominees and several Irish spots impressed.

Ireland featured heavily on the World Travel Awards list of nominees this year with various hotels and tourist attractions across the country all getting a shout out for the exemplary levels of service they provide. 

While the World Travel Awards are an annual event, this year’s ceremony holds extra weight, particularly against the backdrop of the pandemic. An unquestionably difficult year for the tourism industry, very few managed to emerge unscathed by the past few months. 

Usually relying on a huge influx of international tourists to keep them afloat, this year (and last) saw many businesses turn to domestic tourists instead. Adapting their systems in line with public health measures, the industry continued to cater to visitors in a way that was both safe and enjoyable for all. 

Wanting to recognise the standout efforts of tourist businesses and attractions across the world, the World Travel Awards released their 2021 list of nominees and several of the country’s top spots were mentioned. Covering a huge range of different categories, the extensive list serves to “acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry”. 

Already with a reputation that precedes us when it comes to giving visitors that famous Irish welcome we’re so known for, both Spike Island in Cork and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin are in the running to be Europe’s leading tourist attraction. Not the first time either destination has been nominated for the award, Spike Island featured as a finalist in 2017 and 2018 while EPIC is hoping this will be their third consecutive win. 

Other spots to impress with their contributions to the industry range from Hotel Doolin (nominated as one of Europe’s leading green hotels), to Ashford Castle (nominated as one of Europe’s leading honeymoon resorts) and The Marker Hotel (nominated as one of Europe’s leading new hotels). 

Also recognising the country’s impressive drinks tourism industry, not one, not two, but three Irish distilleries have been listed as frontrunners in the leading distillery tour category. Competing against the likes of the Château de Cognac in France and The Glenfiddich Distillery in Scotland, we’re hoping that either the Jameson Distillery at Bow Street, the Old Bushmills Distillery in Northern Ireland or the Teeling Whiskey Distillery will bring home the gold this year.

You can peruse the full list of nominees and vote for all your Irish favourites here.

World Travel Awards 2021 Irish nominees