One of the world’s leading guidebooks is giving Northern Ireland a special nod in time for the province’s centenary next year.

odors Guide is attempting to persuade reluctant holidaymakers kept at home by Covid-19 to give here a try.

The new edition of the Ireland tome, to be published early in November, includes an expanded section on the north.

And the title of the book is to be ‘Fodor’s Essential Ireland 2021 with Belfast and Northern Ireland’.

For the first time, the capital city is also to have a separate chapter all to itself.

And the company has not ruled out a separate edition just for Northern Ireland, perhaps in the not too distant future.

Senior editor Jacinta O’Halloran said: “Our coverage in this coming edition reflects the fact that there is a lot going on in Northern Ireland and that there is increased interest in exploring it.

“We’ve long wanted to do a standalone Northern Ireland guide so I wanted to get a start on building out our coverage to make sure we are addressing, and maybe even a little ahead of, demand and interest.”

Covid-19 and ever-changing travel restrictions has led to Fodor beefing up its coverage of at-home destinations in the United States.

“It is hard to say right now how that will affect new European titles which are on the wish list for the next year or two,” Ms O’Halloran added.

“It’s also impossible to project how our Ireland guide sales and US travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland will be affected for the next year. But we are optimistic that as vaccines are introduced and restrictions, and fears, are eased we can all get back to exploring.

“In the meantime our Essential Ireland guide, which is one of our top sellers, will be on the shelves in early November, with expanded Northern Ireland coverage, ready to help travellers plan their 2021 trips.”

The online Booklist recently named the Fodor Essential books as the ‘Best Travel Guide Series of 2019’.

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