tourism spike iceland

Some of the biggest travel hotspots in the world right now are actually quite cold!

Iceland's tourism industry got a massive boost last year as it improved its marketing campaign and attracted a huge number of Chinese tourists, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council.

The tourism sector in the small country grew by 19.4% last year, according to WTTC data. That's significantly better than its economic growth, which came in around 4.8% in 2015, according to the IMF.

First published March 21, 2016: 12:35 PM ET

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