Visit These New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Before the Crowds
These still under-the-radar places are rich in beauty and history.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee named 21 new World Heritage Sites at their 41st annual meeting in Krakow, Poland this month, bringing the total to 1,073. The committee, representing 21 countries, meets every year as part of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization mission. Their selections are based on ten criteria that include distinctive natural heritage or cultural traditions, human creative achievement, significant natural habitats, and notable architecture, in their words: "places of outstanding universal value."
The designation leads to cultural prestige as well as potential resources for restoration or protection. The prospect of increased tourism revenue is another factor behind the efforts put forth by nations as they pitch for inclusion each year.
As a traveler, this list's release is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a luxurious vacation along with a bit of history and culture. We selected five new World Heritage sites so you can start planning your trips ahead of the crowd.