According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the world’s fastest growing travel destination is Sierra Leone which saw a 310% increase in overseas arrivals in 2016, compared with the previous year.

Five other surprising nations where tourism is booming – at least in percentage terms, if not quantity – include South Korea, Moldova, Kiribati (comprised of 33 coral atolls stretching along the equator), Madagascar and Slovakia.

The top 10 fastest growing travel destinations are:

  1. Sierra Leone +310%
  2. Nepal +39.7%
  3. Iceland +39%
  4. South Korea +30.3%
  5. Moldova +28.6%
  6. Chile +26%
  7. Vietnam +24.6%
  8. Japan +21.8%
  9. Liechtenstein +21.7%
  10. Kiribati +21.6%

The 10 countries where visitor numbers have fallen fastest

  1. Egypt -42.1%
  2. Afghanistan -36.7%
  3. Turkey -28.5%
  4. PNG -25.9%
  5. Suriname -25.6%
  6. Palau -14.9%
  7. Haiti -14.5%
  8. Belgium -13.2%
  9. Aruba -10%
  10. Laos -9.8%

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