Due to rise in per capita income, standards of livings have increased not just in India but worldwide. Obstacles that used to prevent people from travelling such as high costs, less vacation time, country barriers, physical barriers like the dominating Himalayas, etc. continue to decrease with time. The governments worldwide have actively sought to promote tourism in their countries by building better infrastructure, facilities like high tech airports and investing resources for the comfort of the tourists. As the number of people with the means to travel regularly within their country and worldwide increases, travel has become not just a luxury but a lifestyle. Barriers that used to hinder communication between people from different countries and regions such as language are disappearing fast with the rise in ever smarter translation apps as well as social media apps that aim to increase social connectivity worldwide. Reductions in prices of flights are empowering time-short travelers to jet off for weekends at luxurious travel destinations.
The first scheduled flight to carry a paying passenger took to the clouds back in 1914. Since then an incredible 65 billion passengers have flown in the last 100 years. The next 65 billion will fly in just the next 15 years. Cheaper and more accessible transport services, with better facilitation of resources, are making it simpler than ever to travel independently to the world’s most far-flung corners. This trend of increase in the tourism and travel industry is expected to increase by a great margin the coming decade. Countries all over the world are investing in various architectural plans to boost tourism in their countries. Let us have a look at the top 10 future tourist spots:
1. KINGDOM TOWER
Kingdom Tower is a skyscraper currently under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, at a preliminary cost of SR4.6 billion which is US$1.23 billion. Expected to complete its construction by year 2018, Kingdom tower will then become the tallest building in the world. Not only will this building provide high end luxurious apartments to cater the rich of Saudi Arabia, it will also boost tourism in the country.
2. TAJ ARABIA
A $1bn (£621m) project to build a replica of the Taj Mahal that is in India has been announced in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. It will be called Taj Arabia and the complex would be around four times bigger than the original monument of love and include a 300-room hotel, shops and commercial buildings. Marble will not be used in the making of the structure which will set it apart from the original architecture. This project is expected to be finished by 2016 and will also house replicas of monuments such as the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids and the Great Wall of China.
3. SPACEPORT AMERICA
Spaceport America is a spaceport located in the Jornada del Muerto desert basin in New Mexico. It was officially declared open on October 18, 2011. The site has been described as “the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport”. Tenants of the spaceport include Virgin Galactic and SpaceX, while UP Aerospace and Armadillo Aerospace have both operated from the spaceport. Even if you don’t find the funds to hope on one, it will still be a major tourist destination as soon as commercialized spaceflights start, which have been predicted to start within this decade.
A Norwegian company in Tromso has announced plans to build a hotel called Krystall, which will offer amazing views of the Northern Lights while anchored in a fjord. It is designed in the shape of a snowflake.
5. MALL OF THE WORLD
Plans are underway in Dubai for the development of the highly anticipated world’s first indoor city, called Mall of the World which would feature complete climate-controlled streets, the world’s largest indoor theme park and 100 hotels and luxury apartments.
6. WATER DISCUS HOTEL
The Water Discus hotel, also an architecture planned for Dubai, will allow guests the opportunity to sleep underwater as well as enjoy views from the main building perched on stilts in the sea.
7. FUNTASY ISLAND
Funtasy Island, on the Riau Archipelago in Indonesia, is an ambitious £154million eco development project under construction which will offer water parks and holiday homes for vacation getaways.
8. KEZMARSKA HUT HOSTEL
In Slovakia, the space-age Kezmarska Hut hostel is set to be built in the Tatras Mountains, making it an ideal futuristic base for ski enthusiasts.
9. FLOATING CITY
China is considering building an ambitious floating city that will be entirely self-sufficient and serve as a major tourist attraction for the country. It will feature vast recreation zones that will have multiple restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and a theme park, and areas both on and below the water’s surface that will host stadium-style concerts. Various hotels will stand underwater, with incoming visitors being able to dock at the city’s cruise terminal and yacht marina before being transferred to their final destination by submarine.
10. SHARQ CROSSING
The Sharq Crossing is planned project which will be 12-kilometer in length with a series of tunnels and bridges connecting Hamad International Airport, Katara Cultural Village and the Dafna/West Bay business district. The main purpose of the bridge will be to alleviate traffic in the city and offer relief to commuters, as it can handle 6,000 vehicles for an hour, it will also serve as a major tourist attraction.
With advent of internet, even in many third world countries, opportunities to work remotely are unchaining legions of workers from their desks. Whether you are an office worker longing for a weekend getaway with your family or a student taking a gap year from studies to travel the world, traveling has never been more accessible to people all over the world as it is in this day and age. So with so many options available to you, choose your holiday destination and start planning today!