Spike Island awarded as Europe’s best tourist attraction
Date: October 03,2017
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Spike Island awarded as Europe’s best tourist attraction

World Travel Awards 2017 named Spike Island in Cork as Europe’s leading tourist attraction.

The former prison site beat off competition from Buckingham Palace, The Eiffel Tower, the Colosseum and the Acropolis in the top ten sites chosen to compete for the European category.

Described as the “Oscars” of the travel industry, the winners were chosen by a public poll with the vote of those working in the tourism sector counting double.

A statement on the Fortress Spike Island Facebook page following its win at the awards in St Petersburg on Saturday night read, “We are very proud to make it an unprecedented three in a row for Ireland, following in the footsteps of the excellent Titanic Belfast and Guinness Storehouse.

“An enormous thank you to Cork County Council, Fநூilte Ireland, those in Cobh with the vision to fight for Spike, our visitors, and most importantly to our incredible staff and tour guides, whose passion and hard work have made this a deserved award. This is owned by each and every one of you.”

On receiving the award the Mayor of County Cork Declan Hurley said that it will help to position the island “as the jewel in the crown of Cork and Ireland’s tourism”.

Portugal, which won a number of awards, was voted Europe’s leading destination while the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira was hailed Europe’s leading island destination. Geneva named as Europe’s leading city break destination and St Petersburg was awarded for Europe’s leading city destination.

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