February 22, 2024
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Tripadvisor community votes Dubai the best travel destination in 2024

Bali and London place second and third, respectively

Travellers participating in the annual Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for global destinations have voted Dubai emirate to the number one spot in the Best of the Best 2024 category, followed by Bali in the second and London in the third slot respectively.

According to Tripadvisor – the world’s largest travel guidance platform – Dubai has now won the top ranking for the third year.

A total of 13.90 million people visited Dubai between January and October 2023, according to Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, with Indians topping the listing at two million arrivals into the Gulf emirate. 11.40 million travellers landed in Dubai in 2022, preceded by 13.50 million in 2019, minus the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021.

Massachusetts-headquartered Tripadvisor determined the Travellers’ Choice 2024 winners based on the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings posted on Tripadvisor between October 2022 and September 2023.

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13.90 million travellers visited Dubai between January and October 2023. Image: Arnold Pinto

The Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice awards recognise travellers’ favourite destinations, hotels, restaurants, things to do, and more based on the reviews and opinions collected from travellers and diners worldwide on Tripadvisor.

The 2024 Travellers’ Choice awards comprise two categories: Best of the Best and Travellers’ Choice.

Best of the Best category

Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best is Tripadvisor’s highest honour, factoring the quality and quantity of traveller reviews and ratings, and ranks the very best accommodations, destinations, beaches, restaurants, and things to do in specific categories and geographic areas as rated and reviewed by travellers.

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The Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best is Tripadvisor’s highest honour. Image: Arnold Pinto

Less than 1% of Tripadvisor’s eight million listings are awarded Best of the Best, signifying the highest level of excellence in travel.

Travellers’ Choice category

The Travellers’ Choice classification recognises businesses that consistently earn great reviews. This category highlights select accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence.

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New York City ranks 25th in the Best of the Best 2024 ranking. Image: Arnold Pinto

Tripadvisor noted: “The 2024 winners celebrate everything we did last year—all the places we discovered and all the time we just said ‘yes’ to new adventures.”

25 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 (Best of the Best in the World):

1. Dubai, UAE

2. Bali, Indonesia

3. London, UK

4. Hanoi, Vietnam 

5. Rome, Italy

6. Paris, France

7. Cancun, Mexico

8. Marrakech, Morocco

9. Crete, Greece 

10. Hoi An, Vietnam

11. New Delhi, India

12. Istanbul, Turkey

13. Cusco, Peru

14. Barcelona, Spain

15. Bangkok, Thailand 

16. Dominican Republic

17. Playa del Carmen, Mexico

18. Phuket, Thailand 

19. Hurghada, Egypt

20. Madrid, Spain

21. Siem Reap, Cambodia 

22. Lisbon, Portugal

23. Amsterdam, Netherlands 

24. Kathmandu, Nepal

25. New York City, US

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A total of 11.40 million travellers visited Dubai in 2022. Image: Arnold Pinto

25 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 (Best of the Best in Europe):

1. London, UK

2. Rome, Italy

3. Paris, France 

4. Crete, Greece

5. Istanbul, Turkey

6. Barcelona, Spain

7. Madrid, Spain 

8. Lisbon, Portugal

9. Amsterdam, Netherlands

10. Florence, Italy

11. Tenerife, Spain 

12. Edinburgh, Scotland

13. Porto, Portugal

14. Santorini, Greece

15. Goreme, Turkey

16. Budapest, Hungary 

17. Prague, Czech Republic

18. Athens, Greece

19. Dublin, Ireland

20. Naples, Italy

21. Krakow, Poland 

22. Malta

23. Dubrovnik, Croatia 

24. Reykjavik, Iceland 

25. Madeira, Portugal 

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Source: Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism

25 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 (Best of the Best in the US):

1. New York, New York

2. Oahu, Hawaii

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

5. Miami Beach, Miami

6. Maui, Hawaii

7. Nashville, Tennessee 

8. Charleston, South Carolina

9. Chicago, Illinois

10. Key West, Florida

11. Kauai, Florida

12. San Francisco, California

13. Washington DC

14. Asheville, North Carolina

15. San Diego, California

16. Sedona, Arizona

17. Boston, Massachusetts

18. Savannah, Georgia 

19. St. Augustine, Florida 

20. Moab, Utah

21. Seattle, Washington State 

22. Austin, Texas

23. Los Angeles, California

24. Branson, Missouri

25. Scottsdale, Arizona

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The Dubai Frame is a favourite with travellers visiting Dubai City. Image: Arnold Pinto

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 (Best Trending Destinations, Best Nature Destinations, Best Culture Destinations):

25 Best Trending Destinations:

1. Tokyo, Japan

2. Seoul, South Korea

3. Halong Bay, Vietnam

4. Palawan Island, Philippines

5. Sapa, Vietnam 

6. Bogota, Colombia 

7. Pattaya, Thailand 

8. Alajuela, Costa Rica

9. Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

11. Jeju Island, South Korea

12. Viti Levu, Fiji

13. Chennai, India

14. Puebla, Mexico

15. Bandung, Indonesia

16. Panama City, Panama

17. Huaraz, Peru

18. Nairobi, Kenya

19. La Paz, Bolivia

20. Port Ghalib, Egypt

21. Brasov, Romania

22. Manra, Ecuador

23. Casablanca, Morocco

24. Santiago, Chile

25. Taipei, Taiwan 

25 Best Nature Destinations:

1. Kathmandu, Nepal

2. Halong Bay, Vietnam

3. Hurghada, Egypt

4. Mauritius

5. Lombok, Indonesia

6. Kauai, US

7. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

8. Grand Cayman

9. Guadeloupe, France overseas region

10. Kruger National Park, South Africa

11. Martinique, France overseas region

12. Wadi Rum, Jordan 

12. Lanzarote, Spain

14. Merzouga, Morocco

15. Roatan, Honduras 

16. Kochi, India 

17. Cozumel, Mexico 

18. Ambergris Caye, Belize

19. Barbados 

20. Natal, Brazil

21. Saint John, US Virgin Islands 

22. Quepos, Costa Rica

23. Tangalle, Sri Lanka

24. Fethiye, Turkey

25. Snowdonia National Park, US 

25 Best Culture Destinations:

1. Havana, Cuba

2. Cusco, Peru

3. Agra, India

4. Fes, Morocco

5. Athens, Greece

6. Dublin, Ireland

7. Colombo, Sri Lanka

8. Hue, Vietnam

9. Edinburgh, Scotland

10. Tokyo, Japan 

11. Prague, Czech Republic 

12. Santiago, Chile 

13. Porto, Portugal

14. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

15. Seville, Spain

16. Vienna, Austria

17. Singapore

18. Berlin, Germany

19. Amman, Jordan

20. Buenos Aires, Argentina 

21. Quito, Ecuador

22. Hong Kong, China 

23. Bogota, Colombia 

24. Yerevan, Armenia 

25. Baku, Azerbaijan

Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2024 (Best Honeymoon Destinations Worldwide, Best Sustainable Destinations Worldwide):

20 Best Honeymoon Destinations Worldwide:

1. Bali, Indonesia 

2. Hoi An, Vietnam

3. Maldives

4. Dominican Republic

5. Port Louis, Mauritius

6. Khao Lak, Thailand

7. Kingston, Jamaica

8. Santorini, Greece

9. Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

10. Venice, Italy

11. St. Lucia 

12. Gramado, Brazil 

13. Lisbon, Portugal

14. Ambergris Caye, Belize

15. Tulum, Mexico

16. Dubrovnik, Croatia

17. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

18. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada

19. Budapest, Hungary 

20. Prague, Czech Republic

20 Best Sustainable Destinations Worldwide:

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

2. Stockholm, Sweden

3. Bordeaux, France

4. Helsinki, Finland 

5. Singapore

6. Melbourne, Australia

7. Oslo, Norway 

8. Brussels, Belgium 

9. Galway, Ireland

10. Belfast, UK

11. Bangkok, Thailand

12. Barcelona, Spain 

13. Montreal, Canada

14. Milan, Italy 

15. Zurich, Switzerland 

Featured image: Dubai has won the top Tripadvisor ranking for the third year. Image: Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto

    Arnold Pinto is an award-winning journalist with wide-ranging Middle East and Asia experience in the tech, space, aerospace, aviation, defence, luxury watchmaking, business, fashion, and automotive verticals. He is passionate about conserving endangered native wildlife globally and protecting the world’s oceans from plastic pollution, overfishing, and climate change. Arnold enjoys 4x4 off-roading, camping and exploring global destinations off the beaten track.
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