Dublin's Guinness Storehouse has been named ‘Europe’s leading tourist attraction’ at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The award was presented at a European Gala Ceremony in Sardinia this weekend.
It saw the popular city attraction beat off big hits including the Acropolis in Athens, Buckingham Palace, Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia, the Roman Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower to achieve first place.
The World Travel Awards, now in their 22nd year, are decided by open vote and widely hailed as ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.
“We wish to claim this as a victory for Irish tourism,” said Paul Carty, Managing Director of the Guinness Storehouse, speaking at the Sardinia event.
“One in every two holidaymakers to Dublin visits the Guinness Storehouse, and we are very aware and very proud of our position at the front line of the warm Irish welcome.”
The award comes in a rebound year for Irish tourism, with overseas visitors up 11.7pc between January and June alone, according to CSO figures.
“Since its opening, the Guinness Storehouse has become a truly iconic and ‘must visit’ attraction for overseas visitors to Dublin,” said Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland.
The Storehouse welcomed 1.3 million visitors last year, but a record summer has put it on course to surpass that figure in 2015, Carty says.
“To date this year, we have welcomed almost one million visitors, and we hope to be able to break last year’s record by the end of the year,” he told Independent Travel.
Other attractions vying for the World title will be announced shortly, with regional winners competing in the World Travel Awards Grand Final this December 12th.
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