Two Irish attractions have been named as some of Lonely Planet’s best new experiences for tourists 8 months ago

Two Irish attractions have been named as some of Lonely Planet’s best new experiences for tourists

This is quite the achievement.

Last year, Belfast and the Giant's Causeway Cost were named the Number One Region in the world to visit by Lonely Planet in their Best Of Travel 2018 guide.

And this year the kind folk at Lonely Planet have been kind to Ireland yet again.

In the popular travel magazine's Best in Travel 2019 list, Diageo's Roe & Co Distillery in Dublin and Tayto Park’s new driving school in County Meath were both named as some of the best new experiences for travelers in 2019.

Welcomeing this news, Fáilte Ireland’s CEO Paul Kelly has today emphasised the importance of investing in top-class visitor experiences.

Kelly said: "It is great to see two Irish attractions featured among the best new experiences in the world in the Lonely Planet’s latest collection.

"There has been a major step-change in the quality and appeal of Irish visitor attractions across the country, and this recognition is testament to the central role visitor attractions play in helping Ireland to stand out in a competitive international marketplace.

"Dublin’s Roe and Co Distillery and Tayto Park’s new driving school are both prime examples of how private sector investment in attractions in Ireland is not only much-needed in terms of stimulating tourism growth and complementing public sector investment – it is a fast-growing and successful sector.

"Diageo, which owns the Roe & Co Distillery, has been a key player in our Dublin brand offering for many years through the Guinness Storehouse, and Tayto Park has successfully embraced and leveraged our Ireland’s Ancient East brand.

"I’m delighted the work they’ve done to transform their visitor experiences has been recognised – and I’m sure they will be welcoming many more overseas visitors through their doors in the years ahead."