Emerging Destinations for 2019

Pacific World has identified several emerging destinations and destinations to watch as MICE options in the coming years.

Ever alert to industry trends, each location selected by Pacific World combines the allure of a new and exciting destination with the capacity to provide guests with an exceptional, curated MICE experience.

Over the past two years, interest in new destinations and unique experiences has increased significantly. This trend in the leisure travel realm is also impacting the incentives and meetings sector. “We’re closely following government investments in infrastructure and development in order to provide our industry partners with the insights and updates necessary to anticipate which emerging locations will be ready for business events and global incentive travel in the next five to 10 years.”, say Selina Sinclair, Pacific World Global Managing Director.

According to the World Tourism Organization, arrivals in emerging destinations are projected to increase by 4.4 percent a year (between 2010 and 2030), twice the growth rate of those in advanced economies. As off-the-beaten-path destinations gain in popularity, the MICE industry benefits from improved infrastructure and connectivity as well as from the redistribution of the demand.

Emerging destinations satisfy the needs of the new generation of planners and attendees, as well as re-energizing the interest of experienced travelers, all of whom are looking for new and whole experiences. These planners, attendees and travelers are looking to fulfill their “hunger for authenticity,” one of this year’s major incentive trends.

The increase in demand and interest for emerging destinations can also be witnessed on social media. By spotlighting lesser-known destinations and remote places to travel, social media reflects the interests of a knowledgeable audience.

Based on researches on trends, interviews with the local destination teams and our strong relations with local bodies, we have identified a list of the next hot spots to check out for incentives and events.

Curious to discover the destinations on the list?


Buthan, Southern Asia
Regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations in the world, Bhutan – also known as the Land of Happiness, Kingdom of Healing, and pioneer of the Gross National Happiness concept — is a stunning South Asian jewel nestled in the heart of the Great Himalayas. Where the past and present co-exist in harmony, Bhutan is a niche destination committed to sustainable and equitable socio-economic developments and to the preservation and promotion of the country’s incredible heritage.

Bhutan was awarded the Earth Award this past March, which recognizes destinations working toward responsible and sustainable tourism development. Besides the stunning natural scenery, the strong sense of culture and tradition clearly distinguishes it from its larger neighbors.



Bordeaux, France
The city of Bordeaux, one of the world’s most renowned wine centers, is nestled near the Atlantic Coast in the southwestern quadrant of France, home to some of the world’s greatest vineyards.

The city has become a true magnet in the French meetings and incentives market. Attractions include the beautiful Renaissance city center with 350 Listed Historic Sites, historic vineyards speckled with chateaux, the nearby oceanfront, high-tech meeting facilities, five-star accommodation choices, grape-themed spas, and world-famous gastronomic appeal. The Atlantic Southwest region has its own special relaxed ambience and discreet luxury where clients can discover a new aspect of France for those already familiar with Paris and the French Riviera.


Bodrum, Turkey
On the verge of global stardom, Bodrum is a truly motivational and incentive-quality destination. The destination has been transformed with the recent construction of multiple high-end hotels with more to come, and has developed into a jet set favorite with the completion of the Bodrum International Airport Terminal.

Founded as a Dorian City in the 7th century BC, Bodrum is intensely rich in antiquity and home to one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. An enigmatic seaside town, Bodrum’s glittering marina, boutique hotels, cool cafés, and white-plastered backstreets make it an ideal destination for incentive rewards.



Namibia, South Africa
Nominated numerous times as the best country to visit due to its rich and diverse offerings – from the oldest desert in the world, to the Big five in the Animal Kingdom.

Increased international flight connections, untouched abundance of wildlife and Unesco World Heritage sites, environmental protection backed by the government through communal conservancies, Namibia is an attractive uprising destinations for incentives.



Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen
Comprising of Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen, The Greater Bay Area is an evolving megalopolis. Spread along the Southern Coast of China, there are countless options for conference groups and incentives.

Explore the incredible range of dishes and taste the unique flavours from each province. Venture through Shenzhen’s Dafen Oil Painting Village and get amazed by the unconventional and creative state of the arts venue.

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Nestled in the south of France, this picturesque city is synonymous with exceptional culinary experiences. The accessibility to the Southern Alps and the Mediterranean Sea will allow incentive groups to conveniently explore Cannes, Nice and Saint-Tropez.



Valencia, España
According to Pacific World’s 2019 Most In-Demand Destinations Report, Valencia is the third most visited destination in Spain. This charming city, famed for its futuristic City Arts and Sciences, is gaining in popularity as visitors discover it as an alternative to Barcelona and Madrid. Valencia is also a gastronomic and cultural hub where incentive groups can revel in the traditional Spanish way of life and take advantage of its unique event venues.



Qingdao, China
A major seaport, naval base, and an industrial centre. Parks, beaches, sculptures and unique German and modern architecture line the shore. Named China’s most livable city by the Chinese Institute of City, Quingdao is a city of abundant natural beauty and an international business hub. It has three central business districts, and the rising city continues to attract international investments.




Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Pure white beaches, clear waters, and laid-back vibes, Phu Quoc’s is earning it a spot in the hearts of many incentive travellers. The largest island in Vietnam has become increasingly popular with foreign travellers, and is fast transforming from its past as a prison-island to an emerging resort island destination, making it as promising as its regional counterparts.


Incheon, South Korea
Incheon, 3rd largest city in South Korea, was designed as a Future City. It has the World’s best international airport (winner for 11 consecutive years), world class conference centres and hotels. The Songdo International Business District, famous for its futuristic architecture and also for its eco-friendly design, has designated 40% of its land for green space (double that of NYC) and is in planning phase to eliminate the need for cars.



Inle Lake, Myanmar
In the surrounding areas of Inle Lake, several Community Based Tourism projects are being developed. It supports the local communities which creates ways for visitors to be involved with the locals. The slow pace of life here lends itself to retreats such as meditation and wellness, perfect for a relaxing incentive, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.


Stay tuned, new destinations will be revealed on a monthly basis!