(CNN) — According to Tripadvisor, a 20th-century fishing village that has blossomed into a global hotspot for high-end travel in the 21st century is its top global travel destination for 2022.
The travel platform just released their Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2022: Best of the Best Destinations.
While cutting-edge Dubai grabs the top spot, it’s not the only entry in the Middle East. And this year’s list ranges from European classics to coveted tropical and desert destinations.
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These are Tripadvisor’s top rated and most popular overall spots for 2022:
1.Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2.London, United Kingdom
3. Cancun, Mexico
5. Crete, Greece
6. Rome, Italy
7. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
8. Istanbul, Turkey
10. Hurghada, Egypt
A restaurant cruiser sails past Dubai Marina Beach.
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“Dubai is an ultra-modern city that has it all: golden beaches, world-class restaurants and beautiful hotels. Because the Travelers’ Choice Awards are based on reviews of attractions, accommodations and things to do in destinations, being considered the world’s best means that a destination has received excellent reviews from travelers across all of its tourism sectors,” said Reid.
“Despite the impact of the pandemic, over the past year Dubai has still attracted visitors from far and wide, proving to be their favorite destination in a year when they really needed some excitement,” he said.
For people looking to join the in-crowd in Dubai this year, entry rules can be a bit complicated and depend on where you are from.
The United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, has accepted tourist visa applications for vaccinated travelers from all but 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 selected destinations.
The 10 most popular travel destinations in the world
Mallorca (also spelled Mallorca) is the #1 most popular travel destination for 2022. Here tourists enjoy the beach of Palma.
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The Trending Destinations category includes the places that show the largest year-over-year increases in a combination of positive Tripadvisor reviews from travelers and reviews for accommodation, restaurants, and activities. These are the top 10:
1. Majorca, Spain
2. Cairo, Egypt
3. Rhodes, Greece
4. Tulum, Mexico
6. Ibiza, Spain
7. Natal, Brazil
8. Arusha, Tanzania
9. Goreme, Turkey
10. Santorini, Greece
The general Mediterranean basin does reasonably well here, with seven entries, and sun-kissed destinations dominate.
Top 10 most popular travel destinations in the United States
What’s happening in Vegas is of great interest to Tripadvisor reviewers. It’s #1 for US destinations.
America’s favorite gambling city tops the US list for 2022, and warm-weather getaways are clearly a big draw for 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 largest island in the state of Hawaii, is the #1 trending location in the United States for 2022.
In addition to the broader categories, Tripadvisor also offers favorites in special categories. Tops in it are:
food lover: Rome, Italy
Outdoor enthusiasts: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
Skier: Zermatt, Switzerland
City lovers: Dubai
How the locations are selected
According to Tripadvisor, the picks recognize the places that are most popular with their reviewers.
The methodology considered the quality and volume of reviews over the period November 1, 2020 through October 31, 2021 “to select destinations that consistently offer the best overall traveler experience,” it said.