Lonely Planet Guide for Ireland
Lonely Planet‘s Best in Travel 2010 tracked the world’s hottest travel trends, destinations, journeys and experiences and Cork fared well in receiving the accolade ‘One of the World’s Top 10 Cities to Visit’.
In 2012, Cork’s popularity remains steadfast in the latest edition of the Lonely Planet Guide for Ireland which states that “everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork” and that Cork city “is chock full of great restaurants fed by arguably the best foodie scene in the country”. No surprises there given that UCC is the country’s major centre for Food and Nutritional Sciences and has provided graduates and research expertise to the Irish food industry as well as training artisan food producers. This foodie culture was also recognised by Queen Elizabeth 11 on her visit to the English Market last May.
According to Louise Tobin, Director of International Student Recruitment and Strategy at UCC, this represents good news, not just for the University itself, but also for the city and the surrounding region. Students, national and international are becoming more and more discerning in their choice of destination. In selecting their preferred University, students want and deserve not only a first class education, but also a first class student experience within their chosen city. Of particular interest to international students is the fact that Cork offers some of Ireland’s ‘most traditional and historical towns and villages dotted along its vast harbour and throughout its countryside’. In addition, it is the famed hospitality of Corkonians’ which is winning the hearts of tourists the world over.