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What's the most popular city for Irish tourists abroad?

A new survey shows that Irish people tend to stay close to home when it come to the most popular destination

WHAT ARE THE most popular destinations for Irish people to visit when travelling abroad?

According to a new survey, we don’t stray too far from home when it comes to our favourite location, as London has once again topped the Hotel Price Index (HPI®) chart as the most popular overseas destination for Irish travellers.

The report shows that London was the most visited overseas city by Irish travellers in 2012, with New York and Paris in second and third place respectively.


Although there were no changes in the top three, there were two newcomers to the top 20 list in 2012, with Brussels (15) and Budapest (20) knocking out Tias and Istanbul.

Scotland’s Edinburgh saw its popularity increase in 2012, rising four places to number eight. The Portuguese holiday destination of Albufeira rose three places to number 17, meanwhile,  and Amsterdam climbed two places to number six.

The US remained the most popular country for Irish travellers in 2012, with New York, Las Vegas, Orlando, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago all featuring in the top 20.

We also like our European city breaks, as London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin and Edinburgh all feature in the top 10. Here’s the full list:

  1. London
  2. New York
  3. Paris
  4. Rome
  5. Barcelona
  6. Amsterdam
  7. Berlin
  8. Edinburgh
  9. Las Vegas
  10. Dubai
  11. Orlando
  12. Liverpool
  13. San Francisco
  14. Manchester
  15. Brussels
  16. Madrid
  17. Albufeira
  18. Chicago
  19. Boston
  20. Budapest

The HPI is a regular report of hotel prices in major destinations across the world, and is based on bookings made on

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