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The 20 Fastest-growing Travel Destinations in the World

Travel + Leisure Logo By Cailey Rizzo of Travel + Leisure | Slide 1 of 21: Ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games, Japan is busy preparing for tourists. This past year, 17 percent more people visited the country. And tourists are venturing far outside of Tokyo; Osaka and Kyoto both saw increased tourism in the past year, too.

Every year, the United Nations World Tourism Organization tracks travel trends to predict the newest up-and-coming destinations.

The organization tracks international visitators and presents information about which countries are spiking interest. And over the past year, some unlikely countries have emerged as frontrunners.

Despite long-standing conflict in the Middle East, more visitors are venturing to countries like Palestine, Egypt and Tunisia. South American destinations, like Uruguay and Chile, have also seen impressive growth over the past year.

If you’re looking to travel to the coolest destinations before everybody else, consider this list your guide.

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