Lonely Planet has just held their “Best in Travel” awards for 2018, and a UK city has been named the best region.
Northern Ireland’s Belfast won the award over places like Alaska and the Julian Alps of Slovenia.
The travel publisher said it won because of it’s “timeless beauty and high-grade distractions – golf, whiskey and some of the world’s most famous rocks”.
They added: ”The region may be famous for Game of Thrones but its many scenic filming locations are just the start.”
Just this year, tourism numbers to Northern Ireland have risen by 10% with a record two million visitors in the first six months of 2017.
Even the Republic of Ireland have jumped on board with a 23% increase in Irish visiting their northern neighbours.
John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI, said: “The positive growth has been supported by an intensive burst of partnership marketing initiatives in the Republic of Ireland highlighting both well-established and new tourism offerings from Titanic and the Causeway to Seamus Heaney Homeplace and the Game of Thrones tapestry.”
The awards revealed the best regions, countries, cities and best value destinations for 2018.
Belfast isn’t the only UK appearance on the lists. Britain was named the seventh “Best Value” destination.
You can find the complete lists below:
1. Seville, Spain2. Detroit, USA3. Canberra, Australia4. Hamburg, Germany5. Kaohsiung, Taiwan6. Antwerp, Belgium7. Matera, Italy8. San Juan, Puerto Rico9. Guanajuato, Mexico10. Oslo, Norway
1. Chile2. South Korea3. Portugal4. Djibouti5. New Zealand6. Malta7. Georgia8. Mauritius9. China10. South Africa
1. Belfast & the Causeway Coast, Northern Ireland2. Alaska, USA3. Julian Alps, Slovenia4. Languedoc-Roussillon, France5. Kii Peninsula, Japan6. Aeolian Islands, Italy7. Southern USA8. Lahaul & Spiti, India9. Bahia, Brazil10. Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic
Best value destinations
1. Tallinn, Estonia2. Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain3. Arizona, USA4. La Paz, Bolivia5. Poland6. Essaouira, Morocco7. United Kingdom8. Baja California, Mexico9. Jacksonville, USA10. Hunan, China
It may be time to re-think our bucket lists.
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