Ireland has won a major travel award in New York, the "best destination in Europe" - for the seventh year in a row. 

The award was announced at the 18th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards.

Ireland took the number one spot in the "best destination in Europe" category – beating off tough competition from England, France, Greece, Italy and Spain. 

Travel Weekly is the leading weekly newspaper for American travel agents and travel professionals and thousands of its readers voted in the various categories earlier this year.

Ireland has won this award every year since 2014.

Welcoming news of the award, Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland, said they were delighted that Ireland has been singled out for the seventh year in a row.

"At the end of what has been a devastating year for travel and tourism, this accolade is some positive news.

"Our thoughts are with all those people engaged in hospitality at this time.

"While we face immense uncertainty right now, hope is on the horizon in the form of vaccines.

"We look forward to a more positive and prosperous year in 2021 and accolades like this really help keep Ireland in the limelight for the right reasons," he said.