According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), international tourist arrivals worldwide grew approximately four percent in 2019 to reach 1.5 billion, despite the collapse of Thomas Cook and several low-cost airlines in Europe, uncertainties over Brexit, geopolitical and trade tensions, and the global economic slowdown.
France and Spain lead the list of most popular destinations, but the fastest-growing tourist destinations are in the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific.
Myanmar - the Asian country once known as Burma - tops the list with 40.2 percent increase in visitors, followed by Puerto Rico (31.2 percent) and Iran (27.9 percent).
Other countries in the top 10 are Uzbekistan (27.3 percent), Montenegro (21.4%), Egypt (21.1%), Vietnam (16.2%), Philippines (15.1%), Maldives (14.9%), and Bahamas (14.6%).
According to UNWTO, Bosnia and Herzegovina is ranked 14th on the list of the world’s fastest-growing travel destinations, with 13.7 percent increase in visitors.
A total of 1,640,717 tourists arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019, which - according to the Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina - is 12 percent more than in 2018.