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Fáilte Ireland Welcomes Lonely Planet Accolade For Irish Attractions

By Dave Simpson
Fáilte Ireland Welcomes Lonely Planet Accolade For Irish Attractions

Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly emphasised the importance of investing in top-class visitor experiences as he congratulated Diageo’s Roe & Co Distillery in Dublin and Tayto Park’s new driving school in Co. Meath, which have been named among the world’s best new experiences for the coming year in Lonely Planet’s "Best in Travel" 2019.

"Major Step-Change"

Welcoming the news that the two Irish attractions were featured in Lonely Planet’s annual collection of the best travel destinations, trends, journeys and experiences for the year ahead, Kelly said, "It is great to see two Irish attractions featured among the best new experiences in the world in 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."

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