Dublin has been named one of the National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’ 2018. National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed its annual list of the 21 ‘must-see’ destinations to visit in the year ahead in their latest issue.
The selection process included nominations from the publication’s worldwide network of writers, editors and explorers. In the feature, Dublin is described as “Ireland’s intimate capital” which “exudes a friendly, village vibe” and the magazine urges readers to “stroll around to discover Dublin’s historic Georgian squares and cozy pubs and high-tech treasures, like the new Irish Emigration Museum and revamped National Gallery of Ireland”.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tousism Ireland says they will take every opportunity to maximise this accolade for Dublin over the coming weeks and months. He said: “I am delighted to see Dublin feature in the prestigious National Geographic Traveler ‘Best of the World’ list for 2018. “It is wonderful news and will surely help inspire travellers everywhere to put Dublin and Ireland on their holiday wish-list for next year. It provides Tourism Ireland with another great hook to continue to promote Dublin around the world as a ‘must see’ destination.”
Keelin Fagan, Head of Dublin at Fáilte Ireland also welcomed Dublin’s inclusion. He said: “Dublin’s inclusion on the National Geographic 2018 Best of the World destination list will also help to promote the city and region to over 760 million people worldwide in 172 countries who use and read National Geographic’s suite of media and publications monthly.”
Well, we Dubs always knew “Dear old dirty Dublin” had a special quality, great heritage and history and a stunning location by the sea and the mountains. Hopefully now that the rest of the world values us we may ourselves value and nurture better our capital city, improve its transport and infrastructure, make its local government accountable and have a cleaner, healthier and more bike and people friendlier city?
Check out and tick off on your travels the full ’Best of the World’ list:
Friesland, the Netherlands
Jordan Trail, Jordan
Jujuy Province, Argentina
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ruaha NP, Tanzania
San Antonio, Texas
Seoraksan National Park, South Korea
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