Which Destinations are Growing the Fastest?

Which Destinations are Growing the Fastest?
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Global tourism has more than doubled over the past two decades with inbound tourist arrivals climbing from 540 million in 1995 to more than 1.1 billion in 2014.

While perennial tourism hotspots like the U.S., France and the U.K. have fallen short of a global average growth rate of 2.15—in large part because of their impressive inbound tourism numbers prior to 1995—many places throughout Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Asia have experienced rapid growth over the past 20-plus years.

Eased travel restrictions and increased accessibility have made getting there easier and more rewarding.

Armenia (100.33), the Kyrgyz Republic (79.14) and Angola (66.11) led the way with the highest rate of growth from 1995 to 2014, with the country of Georgia (64.89) and Bhutan (26.80) rounding out the top five.

Sudan (23.59), Cambodia (20.47), Yemen (16.23), Myanmar (15.88) and Iraq (14.62) also ranked in the top 10.

Cambodia. Image: Cambodia-Hotels
Cambodia. Image: Cambodia-Hotels


According to accommodation booking site's Travel Smart study, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand and China are home to seven of the 10 fastest-growing destinations in Asia.

On the flip side, Spain (1.86), Australia (1.84), Ireland (1.83), the U.S. (1.73), Italy (1.56), the U.K. (1.50), Mexico (1.45) and France (1.40) stand out among the most notable destinations performing below the global average in terms of inbound tourism growth.

Myanmar. Image: OvationDMC
Myanmar. Image: OvationDMC


While the aforementioned countries remain high on travelers' lists, Chicago Line Cruises points out that "many of the countries with lower growth rates tend to have issues with crime, economy, and an unsteady political climate that includes terrorism, bureaucratic upheaval and government instability."

Yet, as transportation improves and technology continues to evolve, it's easier now than ever before to experience someplace new.

Source : Travel Pulse

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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