News

Northern Ireland Named in Top Ten in Europe

Northern Ireland Named in Top Ten in Europe

Widely read and respected travel bible, Lonely Planet, has declared that Northern Ireland is a cool place to visit. One could be forgiven for thinking that this was a rather fair appraisal of the weather, but no – the magazine has given Northern Ireland its much coveted seal of approval.

Titanic Belfast

Together with Croatia, Marseille and Budapest, Northern Ireland has been described by Lonely Planet as “on the up” and “poised to be the next traveller find”.  It praised new visitor attractions such as Titanic Belfast and established favourites such as the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and the Giant’s Causeway.

Diane Poole, Stena Line’s Head of PR and Communications, said: “Over the last number of years, Northern Ireland has cleverly shaken off the shackles of the past to confidently step into a new era filled with hope, excitement and, due to hosting some much-watched global events, lots of visitors. It is now one of those destinations that’s considered ‘off the beaten track’, that’s shrouded in mystery and seen as culturally rich and exciting.”

Getting a top ten listing in Lonely Planet’s Top European Destinations for 2013 will attract lots of curious explorers keen to see what all the fuss is about.

A must-visit destination is Northern Ireland’s second largest city, Derry, the only surviving walled city in Ireland.  It is celebrating its City of Culture status with a year of cultural and arts events, including hosting the Turner Prize 2013.

The country is also famous for its sporting sons and daughters such as footballer George Best and Olympian Dame Mary Peters, but it’s the emerging sport of ice hockey that is putting the country on the map. The Belfast Giants team, sponsored by Stena Line, has won three regular-season titles as well as two play-off tournaments.

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.

More in News

WOW air

WOW air Announces €129.99 Flights from Ireland to Four New US Destinations

Neil SteedmanAugust 23, 2017
HAL+RM Featured Image

American Holidays Team Wins HAL+RM Quiz Night

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
united-b737-900er

Martina to Be New Manager Ireland for United Airlines

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
Qatar Visa Waivers

Qatar Waives Entry Visa Requirements for 
Citizens of 80 Countries

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
World Travel Market 2016 at ExCeL, London.
Italy

WTM London 2017 Premier Partner is Italy

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
Irish Ferries Three Ships

Irish Ferries Joins Travel Partners Group

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
Travel Trade Deals, Sarah Slattery, Irish Travel Trade News

Great Value Travel Deals – 22nd August 2017

Sarah SlatteryAugust 22, 2017
Finnair eNews Story 5

Japan for Less with Finnair Special Sale Fares

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017
Airberlin

Airberlin Files for Administration After Etihad Declines Further Funding

Neil SteedmanAugust 22, 2017

Copyright © 2016 Belgrave Group Limited, C4 Nutgrove Office Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14, Ireland