Luxury Title for Ireland

A luxury travel magazine, Connoisseur Circle, has named Ireland the winner of the “Best Luxury Newcomer Destination” at the Connoisseur Circle Hospitality Awards 2023. The announcement was made during the recent ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) in Cannes.

Connoisseur Circle is a well-established luxury travel magazine in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Luxury hotels and destinations around the world are put to the test and evaluated for luxury travellers by a jury of respected travel journalists and industry experts who decides on the nominees and winners; in addition, Connoisseur Circle readers can vote for their favourites in the “Readers' Choice” categories. These awards were established in 2006 and are now among the premier awards in the luxury travel industry.

Accepting the award, Louise Finnegan, Tourism Ireland’s Acting Central Marketing Director, said: 

“The award is particularly good news as we have just unveiled our new luxury proposition: ‘Ireland, where luxury comes naturally’. Our message is that whether you’re relaxing in an outdoor spa pool on the shores of a lough, enjoying oysters in Connemara or riding horses on a beach at sunset, there is no better place than Ireland to revive the spirit and refill the heart.”

Louise (left) is pictured accepting the award for Ireland from Simone Dressler, Connoisseur Circle, in Cannes.