Tourism is big business for any country. However, there are some countries that were previously only for locals, but have recently opened up their borders to the rest of the world. Here are three locations that are well worth the visit that are finally embracing tourists from around the world.
Tourism is exploding in Cuba at the moment. Thousands are flocking to the communist island to visit a bygone era before it changes forever.
Cuba is known for its sun-drenched beaches, a supply of the world’s best rum and sought-after cigars. There's also a delicious fusion of Spanish and Caribbean cuisine that can be found throughout the island.
However, as with any foreign country, it’s hard to know where to go and what to visit. This is especially true in Cuba where infrastructure is still being developed and small, old hotels are the norm. Rather than brave the crowded streets and skimpy Yelp reviews, why not try something a little different.
Scenic offers a 14-day cruise tour on a luxury yacht, giving tourists you the personal luxuries they’re used to when visiting other countries, while still providing a wonderful in-depth experience of this up and coming tourist hotspot. Experience key areas such as Havana, Maria La Gorda, Isla de Juventud and more, from the land (on e-bikes), air (in a helicopter) and sea (in a submarine!).
With Scenic you’ll visit jungles, historical sites and city centers. So pack your bags and head on down to Cuba before it catches up with the present.
For close to 50 years Myanmar was under military rule and not a place that was often, if at all, visited by tourists. In fact, in 1996 the country had a boycott on tourism! However, after democratic reforms in 2011, tourism in the Southeast Asian country passed over one million visitors.
With the increase in tourism, Myanmar can barely keep up with the demand. And it’s for good reason why tourists are flocking to this this exotic country. On the plus side, it’s a relatively cheap country to visit and the weather is always beautifully warm. With a long Buddhist history in the country, there are many striking temples and monasteries to visit that are sure to amaze.
You can also relax on one of the beautiful beaches that country has to offer, or visit the placid Inle Lake, a top tourist attraction where you can take a small boat around to local villages filled with bustling markets.
Nestled between Eastern Europe and West Asia, Georgia is relatively new to the tourism sector, having declared their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Since then, tourism is becoming an important contributor to the Georgian economy.
Tourists can enjoy a low-cost holiday while visiting rugged mountains, unspoiled landscapes and gorgeous small towns. Don’t forget to check out their various parks and reserves. And if you’re after something a little more adventurous, why not try horseback riding, a well-enjoyed Georgian pastime. You’ll visit local trails and photo-worthy scenery.
Local markets are ubiquitous and well worth a visit to experience a true Georgia. And you can’t go past the Georgian National Dish- Khinkali, a delicious local variation of a dumpling that’s traditionally eaten with your hands. Georgia is also well-known for its growing wine culture and long tradition of theater and ballet. It really has something for everyone.
If you’re after something familiar, yet different, you surely can’t look past Georgia.
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