Island of Tuvalu world’s least visited country in 2016
The island of Tuvalu was the least vistited country in 2016 , according to a report by the United Nations World Tourism Organsitaion. The report said 2,000 people visited Tuvalu in 2016 despite having a warm tropical climate and low crime . While 1,000 people visited the country in 2014 . Located in the South Pacific Ocean , Tuvalu is 4.6 metres above sea level and has a population of 11,000 people .
Its nearest neighbour Kiribati had more than double the visitors in 2016, totalling 5,000.
What Tuvalu lacks in architectural splendour, it makes up for in empty, palm tree-fringed beaches. The islands are not built up and the population of 10,000 is thinly spread. But there is a strong traditional local culture, kept alive by the people of Tuvalu. You can watch traditional dancing, basket weaving and woodcarving by local people.
The main island is Funafuti, and on its western side you can find the Funafuti Conservation Area, which has some of the best reefs and a gorgeous lagoon. Its diverse habitat makes it an ideal place for scuba diving or snorkelling to spot marine life.
Tuvalu has drawn attention recently due to climate change. The UN included the islands in a list of places that could completely disappear due to rising sea levels in the next century. Which gives potential visitors an even more compelling reason to book soon.