There were more than 20 million trips to Istanbul by international tourists in 2023, marking a 26 percent rise in visitors from the last year.
The Big Smoke took second place on the list with 18 million international visitors in 2023, a rise of 17 percent on the year before.
Last year marked the first year since the pandemic where the majority of destinations no longer had travel restrictions in place.
Dubai was last year’s third most visited destination and the Middle Eastern hotspot was also named the world’s best holiday in a Tripadvisor ranking.
Antalya, another Turkish hotspot, was the world’s fourth most visited city. The Turkish city is located on the country’s Turquoise Coast.
Paris, expected to have a bumper tourism year with the upcoming Olympics, was the world’s fifth most visited destination.