The Palestinian territories have emerged as the fastest growing tourism destination in the world with a 57.8 percent rise in international arrivals in the first six months of 2017, according to a new report compiled by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
According to Haaretz, this year’s list of 10 destinations with the most growth was characterized by two trends: an impressive recovery from terrorist attacks and tourists’ search for exotic locales that hadn’t previously been thought of as popular destinations.
The UNWTO says, if this rate of 57.8 growth keeps up, the Palestinian Authority could finish the year with 630,000 tourists.
According to The Telegraph, which published the list, the jump in tourism to the Palestinian Authority can be attributed to the well-publicized opening of the Walled Off Hotel, a hotel started by the artist Banksy in West Bank.
Presumably, because visitors arriving in Palestine do so via Tel Aviv, tourists to Israel are up by 25.1 percent this year, which could take its overall number of holidaymakers to 3.7 million by the end of the year.
The report features two other Arab countries in its top ten list. They include Egypt, which came in second and Tunisia, which came in fifth.