- Las Vegas, Dubai and Cancun are some of world’s best-loved destinations
- But each of these cities were little more than sand 100 years ago
- A 4.5 billion euro (£3billion) ‘tourist city’ in Bosnia is in the pipeline
However perfect a tourist destination might seem, it will always have its glaring faults – in London the attractions are too spread out, in Venice the streets can be too narrow and in Rome the cobbles play havoc on the ankles.
Which is why some countries decided to design cities and towns from scratch to tempt those looking for a problem-free holiday.
Last week, it was revealed that a Dubai-based developer signed a 4.5 billion euro (£3billion) contract on Thursday to build a ‘tourist city’ in Bosnia that will include thousands of homes, several hotels, a shopping mall and a hospital in the municipality of Trnovo.
But Bosnia isn’t the only country to plan its own tourist haven from nothing. Places like Cancun in Mexico and Atlantic City in the US have also been created by town planners to either attract tourism to the country or ease the pressure of other busy holiday spots nearby.
For 2,000 years, enterprising politicians have been building their very own Blackpool, with many of them still functioning as popular tourist destinations today.