Several of Ireland's most renowned cities, sights and venues are in the running to take home trophies at this year's World Travel Awards.
The illustrious annual event, which was established in 1993, starts with a series of gala ceremonies this summer, where regional winners will be announced for Asia & Australasia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa & the Indian Ocean, North America & the Caribbean and Latin America before the worldwide victors are revealed at the Grand Final in December.
Ireland as a whole is up for the title of "Europe's Leading Destination", while both Dublin and Belfast are among the contenders for "Europe's Leading City Break Destination". The European regional winners will be announced at a gala in St. Petersburg's on September 30, as reported by joe.ie,
Other Irish locations that are up for awards include Cork's Spike Island, which is competing in the category for "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction" and the Sandymount Hotel in Dublin, which made the shortlist for "Europe's Leading Green Hotel".
Voting is now open on the official World Travel Awards website.
The full list of Irish nominees is as follows:
Europe’s Leading City Break Destination: Dublin, Belfast
Europe’s Leading Destination: Ireland
Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction: Spike Island, Cork
Europe's Leading Green Hotel: Sandymount Hotel, Dublin
Europe's Leading Island Resort: Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Cork
Europe's Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: Hilton, Belfast
Europe’s Leading Meeting and Conference Centre: The Convention Centre, Dublin