September 27 is World Tourism Day, a day to recognise global milestones in the tourism industry and raise awareness on the role it plays in communities across the world. To celebrate the event, we’re having a quick look at some of the tourist hotspots leading the way and likely to grab attention in the future.
THE YOTEL NEW YORK CITY – NEW YORK
It may only fall into the four-star category, but the 713-rooms of YOTEL New York are straight out of a science fiction movie. It’s not just the neon lighting that makes it appear futuristic. Upon entry, a luggage-storing robot called ‘YOBOT’ deals with your suitcases.
And that’s just the beginning as each room is inspired by luxurious flight cabins, all equipped with a ‘smart bed’ that converts into a couch.
GARDENS BY THE BAY – SINGAPORE
It calls itself ‘The Land of Oz’, and looking at it, it’s hard to question that claim. Gardens by the Bays’ stand out feature is the OCBC Skyway, a 22-metre-high walkway above the city giving visitors an up-close look at the technically marvellous Supertrees.
SKYSLIDE – LOS ANGELES
Catch a ride on the 45-foot long slide across the 70th floor of the US Bank Tower in downtown LA. It’s 1,000 feet above the ground, and sliders are only kept above ground by the 1.25-inch glass.
ORDOS MUSEUM – CHINA
Located in the Gobi Dessert in China, the Ordo Museum’s metal exterior reflects the surroundings of the vast desert landscape. The architectural landmark is a spectacular feat, packing six levels inside the unique structure which catches eyes from long distances.
RYUGONG HOTEL – NORTH KOREA
Certainly far from the most accessible tourist attraction in the world, the giant glass triangle building of the Ryugyong Hotel has been under construction since 1987. It was supposed to open in 2012, but as of 2018, its doors remain closed. Reaching 330 metres tall, the hotel has 105 floors, and intends to hold over 3,000 guest rooms with five revolving restaurants near the top of the tower. Due to North Korea’s secretive nature, details surrounding the hotel’s opening are scarce. However, as North Korea starts to negotiate more with the rest of the world, landmark hotels like this may suddenly start getting a lot of visitors.