Dublin Travel: Ireland's Capital Has The Cutest Tourism Campaign Probably Ever

Pubs on Bar Fleet Street, Temple Bar area, Dublin, County Dublin, Eire (Ireland), Europe
Pubs on Bar Fleet Street, Temple Bar area, Dublin, County Dublin, Eire (Ireland), Europe

File this under too cute for words.

Dublin offers its tourists a unique view of the city by way of City of a Thousand Welcomes. Started by a local Dubliner in 2011, the program allows first-time visitors to grab a pint or a cup of tea with a local...free of charge. As the program says on its website, "The short-term goal is to give visitors a really positive first impression of Dublin. The long-term goal is to bolster the city’s reputation as a place where ‘great hospitality’ is more than just a slogan." While it's certainly not a new program, it's completely endearing. Remember New York's "Just Ask a Local" campaign from a few years back? Not as cute.

Iceland has conducted similar tourism expansion projects in the past, including a 2011 campaign called "Inspired by Iceland" which had citizens from around the country offer up experiences to visitors and a 2012 campaign that asked people to rename the island nation.

What do you think? Would you hang out with a local Dubliner upon first arriving in the city or do you find this weird? Leave it in comments.

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