UNWTO releases list of world’s fastest growing tourist destinations

Published on : Saturday, January 23, 2016

UNWTO NEW logo_40Paraguay has been named as the fastest growing travel destination of last year, closely followed by Tajikistan, according to United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO) latest Travel Barometer. In Paraguay tourism grew a whopping 97 per cent in 2015, closely followed by Tajikistan which saw 94 per cent more visitors than the previous year.

Paraguay saw an estimated 1.28million visitors arrival, almost double the figures welcomed in 2014.

As well as receiving the fastest grower status for its 97 per cent increase, Paraguay became South America’s eighth most visited country, falling slightly behind neighbours, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Uruguay.


Located between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, Paraguay is home to large areas of swampland, subtropical forests and beautiful rivers – including the Paraguay River.
Tajikistan, the central Asian country, took home the second spot for this year’s fastest risers. The country received 414,000 tourists last year.

The third country in the list is Niue. Often referred to as ‘The Rock’ by local people, Niue, saw 62.9 per cent more visitors heading to its sands in the South Pacific Ocean in 2015. Niue is situated northwest of New Zealand.

Other countries in the top ten list are Japan, Iceland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Panama, Thailand, Chile and Palau.

Making up the rest of the top 17 countries to earn a tourism increase of more than 15 per cent, was Hungary, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Colombia, Oman and Romania.


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