10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

10 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites to Add to Your 2018 Bucket List

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers a new assortment of sites to add to its list of the world’s most incredible places. These sites are carefully selected based on a strict set of criteria determining their cultural or natural significance and “outstanding universal value” to humanity. In 2017, the UNESCO committee added 26 new sites to its list, including 10 in MIR’s destinations. From an ancient caravan city in dazzling Iran to the soaring, dramatic peaks of Western China, these fascinating places span the breadth of the world's geography, diversity, and history. Learn more about the new UNESCO World Heritage Sites inscribed in 2017. Read More


New 2016 UNESCO Sites: Our 3 Picks for Sites in Uzbekistan and Iran

New 2016 UNESCO Sites: Our 3 Picks for Sites in Uzbekistan and Iran

Every July, UNESCO throws a big conference and decides which of the world’s most amazing places qualify as new World Heritage Sites. The stakes are high, with tourism money flooding in to the new sites, but so are the requirements. Not only do the sites have to have universal cultural or natural significance, but they have to be sufficiently protected from development and encroachment. In 2016, the UNESCO committee added 21 new sites to its list, including seven in MIR’s destinations. Here are our picks for three sites to add to your bucket list – two in Iran, and one in Uzbekistan. Read More