(CNN) — Tripadvisor claims a 20th-century fishing village that has become a 21st-century global hotspot for high-end travel is its most popular destination in the world for 2022.
The travel platform has just published its Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2022: The Best of the Best Destinations.
While ultra-modern Dubai lands the top spot, it’s not the only entry from the Middle East. And this year’s list ranges from European mainstays to coveted tropical and desert getaways.
Top 10 most popular destinations in the world
Here are the top rated and most liked places on Tripadvisor in 2022:
1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2. London, UK
3. Cancun, Mexico
4. Bali, Indonesia
5. Crete, Greece
6. Rome, Italy
7. Cape San Lucas, Mexico
8. Istanbul, Turkey
A restaurant cruiser sails near the Dubai Marina beach.
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“Dubai is a state-of-the-art city that has it all: golden beaches, world-class restaurants and gorgeous hotels. Since the Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews of where to go, stay and things to do in destinations, to rank as the best in the world means that a destination has earned excellent reviews from travelers across all of its tourism sectors,” said Reid.
“Despite the effects of the pandemic, Dubai has consistently attracted visitors from near and far over the past year, and established itself as their go-to place in a year when they badly needed excitement,” he said.
For people looking to join the crowds in Dubai this year, entry rules can be a bit complicated and depend on where you’re from.
The United Arab Emirates, of which Dubai is a part, has opened applications for tourist visas to vaccinated travelers from all countries except for a dozen African nations.
Passengers arriving in Dubai from most countries must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival, but this is reduced to 48 hours for arrivals from certain destinations.
Top 10 trending destinations in the world
Majorca (also spelled Majorca) is the #1 travel location in 2022. Here, tourists enjoy Palma Beach.
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The trending destination category is for locations that have shown the largest year-over-year increase in a combination of positive traveler reviews on Tripadvisor and ratings for accommodations, restaurants, and activities. Here are the top 10:
1. Mallorca, Spain
2. Cairo, Egypt
10. Santorini, Greece
The general Mediterranean basin does quite well with seven entries, and sunny destinations dominate.
Top 10 most popular destinations in the United States
What happens in Las Vegas is of great interest to Tripadvisor critics. It came out #1 for US destinations.
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America’s favorite gambling town tops America’s list for 2022, and warm weather getaways are clearly attracting Tripadvisor users:
1. LasVegas, Nevada
2. Ooh, Hawaii
4.Key West, Florida
5.New York, New York
6. New Orleans, Louisiana
7. Savanna, Georgia
8. Miami Beach, Florida
10. Sedona, Arizona
During this time, the island of hawaii, the largest island in the state of Hawaii, is the top trending destination in the United States in 2022.
In addition to its broader categories, Tripadvisor also offers favorites in specialized categories. The best of these are:
Food lovers: Roma, Italy
Outdoor enthusiasts: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Skiers: Zermatt, Switzerland
City lovers: dubai
Sun seekers: Cancun
How locations are chosen
According to Tripadvisor, the selections honor the most popular locations among their reviewers.
The methodology took into account the quality and volume of reviews over the period from November 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021, “to select destinations that consistently provide the best overall experience for travelers,” he said.