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Panama, Thailand and Seychelles revealed in list of fast-growing tourism destinations

The United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO) has released new data that reveals the top ten destinations in the world that experienced a significant boom in tourism during the first nine months of 2015. Among the list of the top ten countries were the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean, Thailand, Iceland, Japan, and Chile and Panama in Latin America.

Panama, Thailand and Seychelles revealed in list of fast-growing tourism destinations

New figures released by the United Nations World Travel Organisation (UNWTO) has revealed the top destinations in the world that recorded a significant tourism boost in 2015. The data was based on the performance of the countries during the first nine months of the year, and among the top ten were the Seychelles, Chile, Thailand and Panama.

Paraguay was the fastest-growing tourist destinations with an increase of 97 per cent, totalling 1.27 visitors last year. Panama in Central America saw an increase of 22.4 per cent with a total of 2.13 million visitors in 2015.

Chris Moss, an expert on Panama, gives five reasons why travellers should visit the country:

"The Panama Canal, an astounding feat of engineering and surprisingly beautiful to look at thanks to the surrounding rainforest; the town of Boquete and nearby cloud forest-covered peaks for hiking, rafting, visiting coffee plantations and hot springs; Bocas del Toro archipelago, where pristine tropical forests lie on deserted beaches, for the moment; and the beaches of San Blas' 378 islands (only 49 inhabited), clichéd tropical perfection (used in the Survivor TV show) but also home to indigenous Kuna communities."

Home to the famous Panama Canal which is more than 100 years old, Panama boasts the beautiful Panama City with its historic Casco Viejo neighbourhood that was founded in 1671, following the dismissal of the original Spanish settlement by the British pirate, Henry Morgan. The city blends a modern side with a skyline similar to Dubai, with its historic neighbourhood that has touches of Old Havana and the French Quarter in New Orleans.

Thailand in South East Asia recorded 22.3 per cent increase in tourists with a total of 30.3 million. The country’s temples, street markets, nightlife, beaches, and luxury hotels are just a few reasons why it is so popular with holidaymakers. Situated on the Indochina peninsula, Thailand boasts rich heritage and culture, and travellers can head to remote islands or soak up the vibrant atmosphere in the capital Bangkok with its ancient temples, floating canal markets, and the Grand Palace.

The Seychelles in the Indian Ocean was visited by 276,000 tourists, an increase of 18.7 per cent. The archipelago has three main islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, where holidaymakers can swim in crystal-clear lagoons, trek through emerald rainforests, hike up mountains on Silhouette Island, relax on white sand beaches, or visit huge tortoises on L’Union Estate.

The top ten fastest-growing tourism list included Paraguay, Chile, Panama, Thailand, the Seychelles, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Japan, Niue, Tajikistan.

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