Wherever your favourite holiday destination is on the island of Ireland – be it a town, village, city, island, or distinct region - it has a chance to secure the coveted title of ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’.
To be in with a chance to claim the title all you have to do is write a short submission explaining what makes it a special holiday destination. No nominations have been made for Derry so far, so people are being encouraged to vote for the maiden city to be in with a chance.
The initiative which has been launched by The Irish Times in association with Fáilte Ireland will see the nominated locations judged on a range of criteria including natural amenities, built environment, sustainability, tourism services, diversity, a welcome for outsiders, transport links, accommodation supply, cost and of course the X factor.
“Over the last couple of years many of us have been presented with the opportunity to visit and explore places in this country like never before and that’s one of the reasons we’re very excited to be embarking on the search for ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ 2022” commented Irish Times journalist and chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman.
“Our aim is to discover some great places, explore them, and share them with the world. Our panel of judges and researchers will travel the highways and byways of Ireland looking out for perfect hideaways as well as checking out better-known destinations. We want people in each of the 32 counties – including Derry - to help us identify these special locations as soon as possible – it doesn’t matter whether you live there or are a visitor.”
The competition last took place in 2013 with the Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare emerging as the eventual winner. The Clare region was selected not only for its natural beauty and range of amenities, but also for its hard-working hospitality businesses and its vision of a new kind of tourist experience based on community involvement and care for its natural environment. As the inaugural winner, Loop Head cannot win this time round.
Emma Woods, Head of Marketing Communications at Fáilte Ireland, commented: “We are pleased to be sponsoring the Irish Times search for ‘The Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’. It provides a perfect opportunity to showcase some of the stunning destinations across Ireland and for Irish Times’ readers to share their favourite places to holiday at home, hopefully inspiring people to discover new experiences in the months ahead. The domestic market will be important to the recovery of the Irish tourism sector this year and this partnership is one aspect of how Fáilte Ireland is focussing on driving demand for short breaks year-round through its Keep Discovering advertising campaign.”
Anyone can enter by writing a short pitch about their favourite place to holiday in Ireland – no longer than 300 words – stating why you think it should win. To nominate go to www.irishtimes.com/bestplace
Joining Conor Goodman on the judging panel will be Nadia El Ferdaoussi, travel blogger; Cillian Murphy, county councillor from Loop Head, the 2013 winner; Trevor White, director of the Little Museum of Dublin; and Rosita Boland, Irish Times journalist.
Over the next three months the judges will shortlist a number of places based on the submissions, visit the frontrunners, before choosing a winner on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
The closing date for entries is Tuesday June 7th.