NEWS — 08 August 2014
Michelle Obama and her daughters enjoying a tour of Trinity College

Michelle and her daughters enjoy a tour of Trinity College

By Shelley Marsden

Top travel mag Conde Nast has voted Dublin as one of the world’s most friendly cities.

Readers voted it fifth in the publication’s top ten of the globe’s most welcoming urban destinations – up from thirteenth position last year, it is now on a par with Sydney, Australia.

The top spots included Auckland, New Zealand; Melbourne, Australia; Victoria, Canada; and Charleston in South Carolina.

Only two European cities made it into the top ten – Dublin and Seville in Spain. Conde Nast called Dublin a “vibrant city” and, referencing it rich literary history, a “bibliophile’s dream”.

It was also singled out for being “green, lush and very walkable” and “the kind of place you stop in for a drink in a local pub, only to end up chatting with the locals for the next five hours”.

The magazine also references US First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to the city with her daughters last year when she was photographed with Bono at his local pub.

Tourism Ireland Chief Executive Niall Gibbons said of the result: “Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points”.

“It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes Dublin and Ireland such a great choice for a short break or holiday.”

Other cities making up the list are Siem Reap, Cambodia; Cape Town, South Africa and Savannah, Georgia.

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