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Get News About Destinations Opening And Closing

Editor’s Note — Sign up for Unlocking the World, CNN Travel’s weekly newsletter. Get news about destinations opening and closing, inspiration for future adventures, plus the latest in aviation, food and drink, where to stay and other travel developments. (CNN) — Tripadvisor says a 20th-century fishing village that has boomed into a 21st-century global hot spot for high-end travel is its most popular destination in the world for 2022.

The travel platform has just released its Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2022: The Best of the Best Destinations. And this year’s list ranges from European stalwarts to coveted tropical and desert getaways.

Top 10 most popular destinations in the world

These are Tripadvisor’s highest-rated, most-loved overall places for 2022:

1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. London, United Kingdom
3. Cancún, Mexico
4. Bali, Indonesia
5. Crete, Greece
6. Rome, Italy
7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
8. Istanbul, Turkey
9. Paris, France
10. Hurghada, Egypt

Why Dubai?

A restaurant cruiser sails by the Dubai Marina Beach.

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“An always popular spot, Dubai has been slowly rising in the ranks of Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards over the past few years, and now in 2022 takes the crown of the number one most popular destination in the world,” said Justin Reid, director of media, destinations and travel at Tripadvisor, in an email to CNN Travel.

“Dubai is an ultramodern city that has it all: golden beaches, world-class dining, and gorgeous hotels.  For people who want to join the in-crowd in Dubai this year, rules for entry can be a bit complicated and depend on where you’re coming from. The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, has opened applications for tourist visas to vaccinated travelers from all countries, apart from a dozen African nations.

Passengers arriving into Dubai from most countries must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, but that’s trimmed to 48 hours for arrivals from select destinations. As of January 18, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention put the travel risk for the United Arab Emirates at Level 3, or “high” risk for Covid-19. The CDC makes weekly updates to its rankings.

Top 10 trending destinations in the world

Mallorca (also spelled Majorca) is the No. 1 trending travel spot for 2022. Here, tourists enjoy Palma Beach.

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The trending destinations category is for the locations that showed the greatest year-over-year increase in a combination of positive Tripadvisor traveler reviews and ratings for accommodations, restaurants and things to do. These are the top 10:

1. Mallorca, Spain
2. Cairo, Egypt
3. Rhodes, Greece
4. Tulum, Mexico
5. Dubrovnik, Croatia
6. Ibiza, Spain
7. Natal, Brazil
8. Arusha, Tanzania
9. Göreme, Turkey
10. Santorini, Greece

The general Mediterranean basin does quite well here with seven entries, and sun-soaked destinations dominate.

Top 10 most popular destinations the United States

1 for US destinations. bluejayphoto/iStockphoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto America’s favorite gambling city tops the US list for 2022, and warm-weather getaways are clearly a big draw with Tripadvisor users:

1. Las Vegas, Nevada
2. Oahu, Hawaii
3. Maui, Hawaii
4. Key West, Florida
5. New York City, New York
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
7. Savannah, Georgia
8. Miami Beach, Florida
9. Nashville, Tennessee
10. Sedona, Arizona

Meanwhile, the Island of Hawaii, the biggest island in the state of Hawaii, is the No. 1 trending location in the United States for 2022.

Other categories

Along with its broader categories, Tripadvisor also features favorites in specialty categories. Tops in those are:

Food lovers: Rome, Italy
Outdoor enthusiasts: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Skiers: Zermatt, Switzerland
City lovers: Dubai
Sun seekers: Cancún

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