World Tourism Day is a celebration of the contribution and impact that tourism has in the world economy and how it unites different world cultures and people through travel. Here are seven emerging destinations that are on radar for their hospitality towards tourists and world-class infrastructure. By Nitya Malik
Serbia is an undiscovered gem that boasts rich culture and heritage, with monasteries being the primary reason why people travel here. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is popular for European tourists because of its nightlife, food, lakes, parks, art, and historical landmarks, but is still significantly unknown to much of Asia. Nature lovers find themselves at home here with walks along the Uvac river, exploration of the natural rock formations of Đavola Varoš, and spending time in the Vratna Gates.
For the landlocked, Christian-majority country with hostile neighbours like Azerbaijan and Iran, and Turkey and Georgia on the other two sides, Armenia manages to attract veteran travellers for its medieval sites, cathedrals, and the stunning Armenian Stonehenge. It may surprise you to know that according to archaeological studies, this is the first country to have ever produced wine or adopt Christianity.
Luxembourg is a diverse country with cultural, industrial, architectural and historical heritage. Visit the valleys of the Ardennes, the Mullerthal Region, the vineyards along the Moselle River, or take a walking tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The beautiful country of Albania is surrounded by the Balkans and is a spectacular virgin destination for intrepid travellers. Visit Tirana, the capital city to immerse yourself in its vibrant and multicultural profile—here, you’ll find a young mixed populace of Albanians, Greek and Macedonians—and experience what each culture brings to the cuisine, ethnicity, and architecture of the country.
A blind spot on the map for travellers, Belarus is one of the least visited European nations where tourism makes up for all of 1% of the revenue. One of the reasons that can be attributed to its tourist footfall is that almost every country—save for seven lucky ones—need a visa to enter. But once you arrive, you are met with glorious architecture, primeval forests, national parks, and medieval castles that can be covered in four flat days.
Until a few years ago, most Indians you asked had never heard of Tunisia, let alone known someone who had visited. Thanks to millennials who love to experiment, this little country is now on the radar for young travellers as a beach destination. While the Sahara Desert attracts extreme adventurists, it is advisable to visit in winter when Tunisia’s ancient Berber villages, the Roman Ruins of Carthage, and the island of Djerba are most beautiful.
Just when you thought that you had seen everything in the Middle East, the Arabian Gulf coughed up a multicultural luxury destination. Bahrain’s arid landscape comprises forts, museums, luxury hotels and shopping destinations, mosques, and entertainment districts that speak of a tranquil and immersive holiday in self-indulgence.