Do you consider yourself to be well-traveled? Perhaps you've been lucky enough to visit tropical destinations like Fiji, Hawaii, and Bali. But chances are you've never been to a little island by the name of Tuvalu. A new report from the UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) shows that Tuvalu received just 2000 international visitors in 2016 - the lowest of all the countries with recorded data.
Located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and Australia, Tuvalu is made up of three reef islands - the largest of which is Fongafale Islet, where visitors will land on arrival. Don't worry - you don't need a private jet to visit - travelers can get to the island on Air Fiji flights which conveniently arrive close to the islands' palm tree-lined beaches.
If you're wondering why Tuvalu received so few visitors, don't assume it's a terrible place to visit. With a “distinctive cultural of atoll island people who vigorously maintain their unique social organization, art, crafts, architecture, music, dance, and legends”, it's quite the opposite. The answers lie in the fact that it's difficult to access and also relatively unknown. The islands are also facing issues from rising sea levels and climate change.
Among the most-visited countries on the list were France, which received 83 million visitors last year, and the US, which welcomed 76 million tourists. You can see the top 10 most visited countries in the list below:
2. The US
6. The UK
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