It's time to get them on your radar.
You could always go to an evergreen tourist destination, like, France, Italy, or Mexico. Or a current hotspot, like Portugal, Colombia, or Croatia. Or, you could do one better, and book tickets to a place that’s about to become the next big thing.
The World Tourism Organization, or UNWTO, recently released their 2018 Tourism Highlights Edition, which examines data from 2016-2017. In it, they highlight not only the most popular countries per continent, but the ones that have seen the most tourist growth.
Below, just some of the unique destinations from around the world that have seen double-digit increase in visitors. It's time to get them on your radar.
Mongolia has seen a 16.1 percent rise in tourists from 2016 to 2017, according to the World Tourism Resort. A major draw is Nadaam, an annual summer festival that celebrates traditional Mongolian games and customs. “At the festival, throat-singers perform ancient songs, children dance in traditional costumes, and food tents serve up mutton dumplings,” writes Vogue contributor Hayley Smith.