Ireland Selected as the 7th Safest European Country for Tourists
Ireland has been chosen as the 7th safest country in Europe for visitors, in a recent study carried out by Gamblino.
The study described the country as a nation filled with natural beauty, enveloped in history, tradition and culture, while it also drew particular attention to tourist hotspots including the Guinness Storehouse and Temple Bar, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
The recent survey was conducted by analysing nine metrics that reveal how safe an area can be, including assaults, homicides, natural disaster risk, road facilities as well as global peace index.
Switzerland was ranked at the top of the list and described as a must-visit territory for travellers who want to see the beauty that the European countries have to offer. The second most-favourite destination was considered Iceland, followed by Norway.
As for Ireland, this is not the first time that Ireland is among the most favourite travel destinations.
In December last year, Ireland was ranked in the first position as Europe’s most favourite travel destination for the ninth consecutive year.
Ireland accepted the award at the Travel Weekly Reader’s Choice Award in New York, in the United States Museum of Natural History.
“Travellers nowadays have tremendous choice, which makes it more important than ever for us to ensure Ireland stands out from other destinations – so this award is really good news, as we prepare to kick off another extensive and targeted promotional drive in 2023,” Alison Metcalfe, from Tourism Ireland, said.
Despite being among the most favourite travel destinations in Europe, the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation (ITIC) previously said that the tourism industry in Ireland could significantly decline this year, stressing that it is unlikely to reach pre-pandemic levels until 2026.
Tourism is among the most important industries in Ireland, with the Irish economy employing nearly six per cent of the population and thus providing more than €5 billion in revenue annually.
The figures provided by the Irish Tourism Confederation (ITIC) showed that a total of seven million foreign tourists travelled to Ireland last year, marking a 73 per cent increase compared to the figures recorded before the spread of the Coronavirus and its new variants.
Chairperson of ITIC, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane stressed that last year was a stronger year than anticipated following pent-up demand, deferred bookings as well as accumulated savings boosting business last year.
She stressed that it is vital that the tourism industry returns to sustainable growth.
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