Friday, January 25 11:51:57
One of the world's top online travel companies, Travelzoo, has included Ireland in its 'top five deal destinations' for 2013.
With a massive 25 million subscribers in North America, Mainland Europe and elsewhere around the world, Travelzoo is a hugely popular website, publishing lots of special offers and travel deals every week.
The 'top five' list was compiled by 'deal experts' in Travelzoo - particularly with American holidaymakers in mind - who narrowed down the world to their five favourite destinations for 2013.
"Our deal experts have narrowed down the world to five favourite destinations where we anticipate a strong collection of "wow" deals based on recent trends, industry projections and buzz. In no particular order, they are: New Zealand, Ireland, Niagara Falls, Colombia and Alaska. So dust off that passport (or parka) - and start exploring," it said.
Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: "This listing in Travelzoo's top five deal destinations for 2013 is really good news, providing Tourism Ireland with yet another opportunity to promote the island of Ireland and The Gathering Ireland as a 'must do' for 2013 and we plan to exploit the accolade to best effect in our promotions in the US."
"The United States is our second most important tourist-generating market and 2013 could be a record year - when we hope to welcome over one million Americans spending about US$1 billion. The Gathering Ireland presents an unprecedented opportunity for Tourism Ireland to shine a spotlight on Ireland in the US this year. Since last autumn, it is being used as a 'hook' in all of our promotions, to make Ireland a 'must visit' destination, for both the Diaspora and non-Diaspora around the US."