Nepal, Georgia and Madagascar lead the way among G Adventures’ 2020 adventure travel hotspots.
G has charted a surge towards emerging and rebounding destinations, where it says tourism “can truly be a force for good”.
Using its own data, coupled with travel trends, the adventure specialist has picked out 12 locations it believes are ready to breakthrough or re-emerge next year.
Five years since the devastating earthquake of 2015, Nepal tops G’s list, with the operator recording a 90% increase in travellers since 2017.
Nepal’s 2020 Visit Nepal campaign will aim to attract two million visitors next year, while G’s new Wellness Nepal tour seeks to tap into the countries uniquely spiritual culture.
Georgia, meanwhile, has emerged as a burgeoning destination for great food and wine. G reports a 44% increase in travellers over the past three years, bolstered by new Wizz Air and Ryanair air routes.
Its eight-day Best of Georgia and Armenia tour will introduce travellers to Georgian delicacies such as its hearty khinkali, or “soup dumplings”, and traditional winemaking processes.
Elsewhere, G has recorded a 33% increase in travellers heading to Madagascar over the past three years. The island nation, off the south east coast of Africa, is renowned for its most famous inhabitants – the black and white bushy tailed lemur, which is native only to Madagascar.
Additionally, G’s non-profit partner Planeterra has launched a new community tourism project in Madagascar, aiming to reforest habitats around the community of Ranohira in an effect to support and boost biodiversity.
Sri Lanka, Ireland, Nicaragua, Brazil, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Laos, Japan, South Africa and Greenland round out G’s top 12.
G founder Bruce Poon Tip said: “In a world that’s becoming increasingly divided, travel can be a vehicle and force for good to unite us as a global community.
“As pioneers of community tourism, our mission is to change people’s lives through travel, going beyond the lives of our travellers to the locals we visit, particularly people who are marginalised.
“When we return from a transformative travel experience, we can then bring back what we learnt to make a difference in our own communities, that’s what we call the ripple effect.”
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G Adventures is the world's largest small-group adventure travel company, offering more than 700 tours in 100 different countries, and service levels to meet all tastes, ages and budgets.