An analysis of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) growth figures, by the website Lovehomeswap.com, revealed 50 destinations that could emerge as holiday hotspots over the next ten years.
They are ranked according to the projected growth per annum of travel and tourism as a direct contribution to GDP. While many of those countries on the list are already firm favourites among British travellers – such as China (5), Thailand (9), India (11), Morocco (41), and Croatia (45) – there were some surprises.
The top ten included two rarely visited African countries – Angola and Gabon, each of which the WTTC expects to see an annual growth in tourism of 7.3 per cent between now and 2024.
“Over a decade has passed since the end of Angola’s civil war,” explains Lovehomeswap’s infographic. “Although the damage is still widespread, the country is gradually recovering. The national parks are slowly being restocked with wildlife from neighbouring states, and tourism is set to grow exponentially.”
British visitors can take advantage of direct flights with British Airways to the Angolan capital Luanda – known as one of the world’s most expensive cities. Package trips are few and far between, however.
The biggest rise in income from tourism, relative to current figures, will be seen in Namibia, the WTTC suggests, where a 9.1 per cent per annum rise is expected. The country was recently profiled in our Trips of a Lifetime series. Montenegro follows, with a projected annual rise of 8.6 per cent.
Excerpts from The Telegraph
By Oliver Smith
21 May 2014