Written by By, Cosmas Akuewa, CNN
Lonely Planet has announced the top 10 destinations for 2022. The travel publisher published its annual “10 Travel Trends to Know” last year. It examined destinations around the world that are in the “development cycle” with a nod to their environmental impact, plus 12 long-term trends that are expected to shape the future of the industry.
The list does not include the UK, where the 2020 budget for Brexit is being discussed — or the USA, where the government may not reach a deal with members of the Senate to preserve migrant protections.
The UK had a spot at number six on the list, in the form of Cardiff, the capital of Wales. The US only made it to number 17 and was home to sites such as Machu Picchu in Peru.
Here is Lonely Planet’s top 10 list for 2022:
1. Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
2. Cape Town, South Africa
3. Canberra, Australia
4. Niagara Falls, Canada
5. Austin, Texas, USA
6. Cardiff, UK
7. Brasilia, Brazil
8. Prague, Czech Republic
9. Almaty, Kazakhstan
10. Bristol, UK
The tourism industry is a major economic driver in the UK, which was ranked number 8 out of 134 countries in 2017 for the global tourism sector’s economic contribution. The industry accounts for some 6% of total economic output in the UK and is forecast to be worth £141 billion by 2021.