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Galway named one of the best cities in the world to visit

Lonely Planet describes Galway as “brilliantly bohemian”.
Oct 22nd 2019, 6:10 AM 36,218 52

GALWAY HAS BEEN named the fourth best city in the world to visit in 2020 by Lonely Planet – coming in ahead of Vancouver and Dubai. 

The travel media company unveiled its Best in Travel 2020 last night.

The top 10 cities on the list are:

  • Salzburg, Austria
  • Washington DC, US
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Galway
  • Bonn, Germany
  • La Paz, Bolivia
  • Kochi, India
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Dubai, UAE
  • Denver, USA

Lonely Planet describes Galway as “brilliantly bohemian” and arguably Ireland’s “most engaging city”.

The city will be European Capital of Culture next year and the guide adds: “vivid and vibrant, brimful of imagination, Galway in 2020 is home to a year-long, city-wide, arty party”.

Tourism Ireland said it will use Galway’s inclusion on the list to promote the city in the coming weeks and months. A promotional campaign will roll out in Britain, the US, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, described the accolade as “well-deserved”, and said it is “a great hook to continue to promote Galway and Ireland around the world as a must-visit destination”.

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