These are the most popular cities in the world to visit

These top travel destinations will have you thinking about planning your next trip.

Especially the most travelled-to city of 2016.

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Bangkok, Thailand, welcomed the most travelers, 19.41 million, according to Mastercard's annual Destination Cities Index list.

The city came in first place because it's relatively easy to get to with several direct flights, has a great airport and is a gateway to the rest of Asia, according to travel experts.

London, England, came in second with just over 19 million visitors hoping for a glimpse of the queen.

Paris, France, took third place. 15.45 million lucky people were able to snap pics near the Eiffel Tower.

Rounding out Mastercard's five top destination cities are Dubai and Singapore, which saw over 14 and 13 million visitors respectively.

New York was the only city in America to crack the top 10 destination cities.

The list is from MasterCard after all, so of course they tracked how much people spent.

Dubai had the biggest spenders and it wasn't even close; $28.5 billion.

New York saw just over $17 billion in tourist dollars.

Another takeaway, aside from Shanghai, China which saw nearly half of its travellers on business, people visited the rest of the cities on the list for vacation.

TripAdvisor's Destinations on the Rise 2017
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TripAdvisor's Destinations on the Rise 2017

San Jose del Cabo is the more relaxed and laid back counterpart to nearby party capital Cabo San Lucas. Admire the beautiful 18th century Spanish colonial architecture and take in the underwater sights with a spot of scuba diving.

TripAdvisor recommends a stay at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, from £725 per night.

Whistler is not just a top attraction for skiing and snowboarding in the winter season, take a trip in the summer and enjoy some of the area's fine hiking trails and mountain bike parks.

TripAdvisor recommends the Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola, from £32 per person.

Head to the fishing town of Jericoacoara and expect beautiful coastline, stunning beaches and plenty of activities. The area has been a designated national park since 2002 and is still relatively 'off the beaten track'.

TripAdvisor recommend a trip to Duna do Por do Sol.

Found on Maui's south west coast, Kihei is home to six miles of beaches and plenty of snorkeling, swimming and surfing. Nature lovers are also in for a treat with the National Wildlife Conservation District acting as home to endangered Hawaiian stilts and coots among others.

TripAdvisor recommends staying at the Maui Coast Hotel, bookable from £198 per night. 

Baku is Azerbaijan’s capital and has become home to a host of stunning and spectacular buildings in recent years that blend in with the ancient architecture. Baku is also a UNESCO listed 'Old City'.

TripAdvisor recommend the Baku Old Town Walking Tour, bookable from £35 per person.

El Nido is a beachside town that offers clean white sand beaches and coral reefs. El Nido is also known as the 'gateway' to the Bacuit Archipelago, a group of limestone islands off the coast of the Philippines.

TripAdvisor's must-see attraction for El Nido is Nacpan Beach.

Eilat is popular with Israeli locals and the bay is a popular attraction with plenty of beautiful beaches and a host of watersports on offer for outdoor enthusiasts.

TripAdvisor recommends a stay at the Herods Vitalis Spa Hotel, bookable from £393 per night.

With a stunning beach, stylish boutiques and a host of bars you won't be short of things to do in Las Palmas. The city is also home to a wide variety of cultures including influences from both the Mediterranean and north Africa. 

TripAdvisor recommends the Vegueta Walking Tour which includes Canarian Tapas, bookable from £23 per person.

Found in the valley of the Mtkvari river, Tbilisi has not only an incredibly dramatic setting but also a rich cultural scene. The picturesque historic architecture has welcomed modern updates with huge changes made in the last decade alone.

TripAdvisor recommends the Full-Day Private Tour to Old Tbilisi and Mtskheta, bookable from £49 per person.

Jodhpur is probably best known for the electric blue colour of its buildings. Jodphur sits in the middle of a staggering 10km long, 16th century wall that encloses the city. The blue colour was traditionally used for the homes of Brahmin but that's not the case any longer as others joined in.

TripAdvisor recommends a night in the Ratan Vilas, bookable for £60 per night.


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