In 2015 Majorca, Tenerife, and Algarve topped the table as Britain’s most popular holiday destinations. And, it’s easy to see why. Soaring temperatures, endless beaches, and dazzling waters – for many, there’s no better way to relax than a beach holiday. However, if you fancy a trip to somewhere a little bit different, we’ve got you covered. Across the world there are a host of countries who are steadily seeing more and more visitors each year. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) recently released a report which showed where tourism is expected to boom in the next 10 years. The rankings reveal the countries which are predicted to see the largest increase in their tourism industry from 2015-2025. So, if you’re after some inspiration for up-and-coming holiday destinations, here’s the top 5…
Myanmar, commonly referred to as Burma, tops the WTTC table as the fastest growing holiday destination. It is expected to see an 8.4% increase in the contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP over the next 10 years. With thousands of temples and golden pagodas to explore, Myanmar is a fascinating holiday destination. Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is bordered by Thailand, India, China, Bangladesh and Laos. You can take a horse and cart ride through ancient cities, sail through rural Myanmar on the Orient Express boat, and discover authentic local markets.
Zambia is expected to see an 8.1% increase in the contribution of travel to the GDP from 2015-2025. Home to Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, and unforgettable Safaris – it’s easy to see why Zambia is one of the fastest rising tourist destinations in the world. Certainly not many countries can match Zambia’s offering of natural beauty and incredible wildlife. The landlocked African country neighbours Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Angola. There are over 20 national parks where tourists can witness African wildlife in their element. Interestingly, over 30% of the entire country is reserved for wildlife. Zambia boasts 18 stunning waterfalls, but if you only see one make sure it is Victoria Falls. The one hundred metre high waterfall is regarded as one of the greatest natural wonders in the world, and rightly so.
Predicted to see a 7.7% increase in the contribution of tourism to the GDP over the next 10 years, Montenegro’s travel industry is flourishing. With a coast on the Adriatic Sea, and neighboured by Serbia, Bosnia, Albania and Croatia, Montenegro has a lot to offer holidaymakers. The Balkan country boasts medieval settlements, coastal monasteries, glacial lakes and colossal mountains. Whilst the climate varies across the country, the lower areas experience soaring Mediterranean temperatures, perfect for relaxing on the Adriatic coast.
Perhaps the most established destination on this list, India is expected to experience a 7.3% increase in the contribution of travel and tourism to the GDP from 2015-2025. With such a rich history, natural beauty and diverse wildlife, India offers a holiday experience like no other. From the Taj Mahal to The Red Fort, you would definitely need more than one trip to see everything India has to offer.And, of course, we can’t forget the food. India is renowned for its colourful and fragrant curries which have become a favourite in the UK – but, surely nothing beats the real thing from the cuisine’s homeland.
Namibia & Gambia
Both predicted to see a 7.2% increase in the contribution of tourism to the GDP over the next 10 years, Namibia and Gambia are tied fifth in the WTTC list. Both nations are located in Africa, with Namibia in the South West, and Gambia in the West. Gambia may be Africa’s smallest country, but it still packs a punch. The tiny country offers glorious beaches, river cruises, and a rich wildlife. On the other hand, Namibia boasts seemingly endless natural landscapes, and breathtaking safari trips. So, why not give one of these rising stars a go on your 2016 adventures!
Travel Counsellor, Janet Evans
On my second visit to Gambia I combined the beach with a stay in Makasutu Forest at the Mandina Floating Lodges. Gambia is a perfect winter sun destination with uninterrupted sunshine and virtually no rain in high season (November to June). Direct 6 hour flights with short transfers to the hotels, outside the Euro zone, so offering good value for money, same time zone so no jet lag, English speaking and a wide range of accommodation and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. It is a destination that both I and many of my clients have visited and love. However, the Gambia isn’t right for everyone and it’s important to know what to expect and to choose the right location. It can be quite a culture shock and is still a developing country. I therefore always discuss the pros and cons of this destination before recommending to my clients.