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Top destinations for tourists in 2016

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12-29-2016 00:53 BJT

One of the top travel trends in 2016 was immersive experiences: holidays that give you the experience of living abroad. From getting your feet dirty stomping grapes in La Rioja, to spending the night in an underwater capsule on a coral reef.

Cancun is a popular honeymoon destination for European and American couples. But this year fear of the Zika virus and its possible link to a rare birth defect caused concern among newlyweds travelling to the resort area. Many decided to visit anyway, due to the fact that most people, who get infected with the Zika virus do not get sick.  

For those who prefer retiring to bed early with a good book, there's a perfect capsule hotel for you in Tokyo. Guests can climb into their sleeping quarters through small openings between the shelves. 

Iran's International Dizin Ski Resort is located in the middle of the Alborz mountain range, just an hour's drive north of the capital, Tehran. Every weekend, hundreds of excited skiers take to the slopes and glide through the glistening snow. The palace of the last Shah is also a popular attraction in Tehran. The Iranian royal family lived in the Niavaran palace complex, before the 2,500-year old Persian monarchy came to an end in 1979. 

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Iran's International Dizin Ski Resort is located in the middle of the Alborz mountain range, just an hour's drive north of the capital, Tehran. Every weekend, hundreds of excited skiers take to the slopes and glide through the glistening snow.

In Namibia, artists can study a cheetah's every move up close. If you enjoy history then a trip to the world's oldest restaurant is a must. Botin Restaurant was founded in 1725 and specialises in a roasted baby pig dish called "Conchinillo". But if chasing adrenaline is more your thing then head to the Namibian desert. Namibia has some of the tallest dunes in the world, and their majestic beauty attracts tourists from all over.

Scotland's premier golf resort of St. Andrews offers guests a chance to relax. The 17th tee at St Andrews Old Course is one of the most famous sights in the sport of golf. 

While, romantics are flocking to the picturesque Greek island of Santorini to tie the knot. 

The longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in the world opened in August 2016 in southern China. Joining an ever growing list of scream-inducing glass walkways, the 430 metre-long (1,400 feet) suspension bridge broke a whopping ten world records. This is one tourist attraction that is not for the faint of heart. 

In Spanish Basque country, San Sebastian's Old Town is at the heart of the region's revival, where bars offer "pintxos" or colourful snacks piled high on plates.

Sevnica, a small town in Slovenia, is hoping to profit from its links with US President-elect Donald Trump's wife, Melania.

In the northern Spanish wine region of La Rioja, tourists can participate in grape harvests and even get their feet dirty as they participate in wine making. The Moreno winery is amongst a handful that opens their doors to the public to see the process of making wine from field to glass and to get a chance to take part in the process. 

If sleeping with the fishes is your idea of the ideal getaway, this could be the luxury location for you. An isolated holiday resort off a Tanzanian island sees guests sleeping in an underwater room surrounded by colourful marine life. For $1,500 USD per night, guests get to enjoy this immersive marine experience.

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