Every travel organization seems to release an annual list of up-and-coming destinations. But the survey by the World Travel & Tourism Council, an association of top travel executives, may be the most authoritative because it answers the all-important question: Where’s the money going?
Each year, the association ranks the spots with the fastest growing travel and tourism earnings, factoring in various economic trends from immediate visitor spending to government investment.
This year, WTTC researchers have their money on Macau—a Chinese territory west of Hong Kong. Tourism to this small peninsula could jump by 22 percent this year, thanks largely to its gambling industry.
Here's the full list of up-and-comers:
9. United Arab Emirates
The researchers say you should keep your eye on a slightly different set of countries for sustained tourism growth predicts between now and 2018 (in order of the most promising growth prospects for tourism):
Americans will visit China and India in record numbers this year