Lonely Planet cited plans to create a portion of downtown Dublin as part of its decision to rank the city seventh in its index of the best cities in the world to visit next year.
The travel group published the top 10 countries, cities and regions to visit next year on Wednesday. She said this year’s rankings specifically focus on the «best sustainable travel experiences» in order to meet the demand for «more responsible travel».
The best city of 2022 was Auckland, New Zealand, which was known for its ‘thriving cultural scene where local creativity is spotlighted’.
Dublin was ranked seventh, and was recognized as «one of Europe’s most humble and friendly cities».
The group cited «Dublin’s approach to ethical tourism, a thriving independent artisan shopping scene, and pedestrian plans for parts of the center to create a renewed sense of community», as reasons for this.
Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The inclusion of Dublin as 7th in the world is great news and will certainly help inspire travelers everywhere to put Dublin and Ireland on their holiday wish list for next year.
“As we resume tourism from abroad, it is another well-deserved award that will help us position us well for 2022 and create a distinct advantage over competing destinations.”
The first region to visit next year is Westfjords, Iceland, which is described as «one of the most remote and untouched areas where communities work together to protect and promote stunning landscapes».
Lonely Planet said the area is growing in popularity with hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.
The UK tops the list of the top regions, with Kent Downs and the Heritage Coast ranked fourth, thanks to its «commitment to sustainable tourism initiatives».
Topping the Lonely Planet list of countries is the Cook Islands, one of the smallest and most remote countries in the world.
The group cited its «innovative strategies» to drive environmental initiatives forward in the South Pacific. Norway was ranked second for «being a leader in sustainability, green technology and community culture initiatives, From Cities to Wilderness».
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2022
Top 10 countries:
- Cook Islands
- Sultanate of Oman
Top 10 Regions
- Westfjords, Iceland
- West Virginia, USA
- Xishuangbana, China
- Heritage Kent Coast, UK
- Puerto Rico
- Shikoku, Japan
- Atacama Desert, Chile
- The Scenic Rim, Australia
- Vancouver Island, Canada
- Burgundy, France
Top 10 cities
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Taipei, Taiwan
- Freiburg, Germany
- Atlanta, USA
- Lagos, Nigeria
- Nicosia / Lefkosia, Cyprus
- Dublin, Ireland
- Merida, Mexico
- Florence, Italy
- Jeonju, South Korea
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