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Ireland tops Fodor's travel guide list for 2013

The travel guide promotes the Gathering as one of the ‘must see’ events of 2013.

IRELAND HAS MADE it onto Fodor’s travel list for 2013 as one of the top places to visit in the new year. The list covers everything from destinations rising in popularity to big events over the next year with information on accommodation, food and culture.

The Gathering is listed as one of the most highly anticipated events for travelers in 2013 with references to Dublin, kissing the Blarney stone and attending Galway’s oyster festival.

Fodors Travel Guide asks “why go now?” and responds with:

Throughout 2013, Ireland will host events, festivals, and reunions in honor of the more than 70 million people worldwide who claim Irish heritage. The Gathering welcomes those with Irish roots back to their ancestral homeland to reconnect with the country’s lush landscapes and vibrant cultures. Visitors can track their genealogies, explore the villages of their forebears, and mingle with current residents. More than just a celebration for those with Irish blood, The Gathering offers music festivals, pub crawls, and public gatherings in all corners of the country for those who are Irish in spirit as well.

Welcoming the news, Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said, “This accolade couldn’t have come at a better time as we get ready to kick off our year-long celebration of all things Irish, with The Gathering Ireland 2013″.

He said the listing provides Tourism Ireland with another opportunity to promote the country as a ‘must see’ destination.

“Tourism Ireland has had a busy programme of promotional activity in place around the globe this autumn to promote The Gathering Ireland – with a series of high-profile Ministerial launches in key markets, an intensive programme of engagement with Gathering ‘enablers’ and Irish business networks, as well as promotions to influential travel trade contacts and consumers,” he said.

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