In the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s latest World Tourism Barometer , the most popular global destinations in the first four months of the year were revealed. The data highlights strong tourism results between April and January of this year with 369 million international overnight visitors, 21 million more than the same period last year. Most major destinations recorded sustained growth and interestingly, some countries experiencing violence and political unrest managed to rebound spectacularly.
Destinations in the Middle East and North Africa recorded the highest growth rates. The Palestinian territories attracted 400,000 visitors in 2016 and that increased 57.8 percent in the first four months of 2017. After several years of unrest, Egypt’s tourist industry is beginning to recover with its overnight visitors up an impressive 51 percent on the first four months of last year. All of the hype surrounding Iceland as a stunning tourist destination is beginning to make things a little bit more crowded on the island. After 1.79 million visits in the first four months of 2016, despite the dark and gloomy weather, Iceland’s growth rate for January to April of this year still increased 34.9 percent.
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