Fastest-growing tourist destinations
While many of us are in lockdown and can only entertain the thought of overseas travel, as more and more people get vaccinated we can start to dream of travelling again sometime in the not-too-distant future. These are the destinations that have been booming – some will astound you!
Palestinian territories – up 58 percent
An unlikely front-runner, the Palestinian territories consisting of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip saw a strong surge in tourism over the past year. The spike was (at least partly) driven by the opening of the Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, which flaunts rooms customised by the likes of Banksy, Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin. Other attractions include numerous historically significant archaeological, historical and religious sites.
Egypt – up 51 percent
Given that political unrest and terror attacks continue to plague Egypt – not to mention UK and Russian flight bans – it may come as a surprise that it made the list. From the Nile (the world’s second longest river) and colossal Pyramids of Giza to the trove of antiquities at the Egyptian Museum and the beach resorts of Sharm El Sheikh, the lure of the land has globe-trotters taking the risk.