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Top 10 city vacation destinations revealed

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When it comes to picking a vacation destination, forget the Caribbean or the U.S.—there are a slew of more popular holiday hot spots, according to a new report.

The annual "Top 100 City Destinations Ranking," which ranks cities in terms of tourist arrivals, has been released by Euromonitor International; and it turns out that only one U.S. metropolis made the top 10.

Click through the following images to see some of the world's top tourist destinations.

Written by Alexandra Gibbs, Special to CNBC.com

No 10: Antalya, Turkey
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In the south-west of Turkey sits the Mediterranean city of Antalya—a gateway for the region's coastlines, nature and golf.

People choose to visit Antalya to "experience a friendly city on the Turkish Riviera, with sandy beaches, ancient historic sites and lively nightlife," Jonathan Sayers, press officer at Thomas Cook UK, told CNBC.

The city, which has a number of beach locations, is especially popular with Russian tourists, as they don't have to apply for visa to stay in Turkey for less than 60 days.

  • Arrival in 2013: 11,120,700
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 8.0 percent

Source: GoTurkey.com


No 9: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Malaysia's exotic capital offers its visitors towering skyscrapers and massive malls, along with mosques, gardens and colonial buildings.

Defined by IndependentTraveler.com's senior editor, Sarah Schlichter as "Malaysia's economic powerhouse"; Kuala Lumpur offers "towering skyscrapers and massive malls" whilst giving visitors the opportunity to "explore mosques, gardens and colonial buildings."

Not only that, but Kuala Lumpur is famous for its street food, with Lonely Planet dubbing Kuala Lumpur "a hungry traveller's dream destination", offering dishes with Indian, Indonesian and European influence.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 11,182,400
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 5.0 percent
No 8: Shenzhen, China
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Home to more than 7 million people, Shenzhen saw 11.7 million travellers flock to its city during 2013. Known as a "special economic zone" in China, Shenzhen aims to attract business investment, trade and employment, as well as tourists.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 11,702,500
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 3.0 percent
No 7: New York City, U.S.A.
New York, New York
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In Euromonitor's Top 100, the U.S. made just seven appearances, including Miami (20), San Francisco (50) and Honolulu (74). However, only one made the top 10.

Thomas Cook's Jonathan Sayers said that New York gives his customers "the best in food and entertainment at their fingertips."

The average daily rate for a hotel room in New York City was $290 in 2013, while "total visitor spending" came in at $38.8 billion, according to NYC & Company, the city's official marketing and tourism organization.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 11,850,400
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 2.0 percent
No 6: Macau, China
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Macau saw a more-than 5 percent increase in tourists in 2013 on the previous year, demonstrating that a growing number of people are drawn to the former-Portuguese colony's casinos, museums, beaches and architecture.

Located in south-east Mainland China, this city is dependent on the tourism sector, which employs 28 percent of Macau's population.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 14,268,500
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 5.1 percent

No 5: Paris, France
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Paris has some of the world's finest attractions for those obsessed with art, culture and food. The iconic Eiffel Tower alone attracts an average of 7 million visitors each year, while 14.2 million people jumped on the wild rides at Disneyland Paris in 2014, according to the official websites.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 15,200,000
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 4.6 percent

Source: Eiffel Tower website; Euro Disney S.C.A, Paris' tourism office

No 4: London, U.K.
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This city was the most-visited in Europe in 2013, attracting almost 16.8 million tourists from across the globe during the year.

With its palaces, museums and world-famous buildings as the London Eye and St. Paul's Cathedral, London is "the perfect marriage of modern and historic," says IndependentTraveler.com's Sarah Schlichter.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 16,784,100
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 8.6 percent

No 3: Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok's Chinatown
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Of Euromonitor's top 10, Bangkok showed the strongest growth annual growth, with a 10.4 percent increase in international travellers—despite protests in Thailand towards the end of 2013.

Chinese tourists are key to Bangkok's tourism sector, according to the report. Sarah Schlichter, senior editor of IndependentTraveler.com, attributes Bangkok's success to its grand palaces and temples, floating markets and chic bars.

Many tourists visit the city before venturing further afield to the country's idyllic islands, which are also known for their exotic nightlife. Koh Phangan's full moon party, for instance, attracted around 40,000 people in 2014, according to the Bangkok Post.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 17,467,800
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 10.4 percent

Source: Bangkok Post

No 2: Singapore
Singapore city skyline
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With 22.45 million international visitors taking their vacation in this south-east Asian city state in 2013, Singapore managed to hold on to the second spot in the rankings.

Euromonitor International noted that it was a great air travel hub and attracted many Chinese tourists.

Lonely Planet also named Singapore as its top place to head to this year, as visitors have the opportunity to celebrate Singapore's 50th year of independence.

The city state is also home to a number of brand new tourist attractions, such as its National Gallery and Jubilee walking trail.

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  • Arrivals in 2013: 22,455,400
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 5.4 percent
No 1: Hong Kong
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Ranked in the top spot, this city, which houses almost 7.19 million inhabitants, welcomed more than 25.58 million guests during 2013.

Hong Kong has popular theme park destinations, alongside botanical gardens and beautiful exotic parks and Lonely Planet named it "Asia's top culinary capital."

"Hong Kong is a sweet spot for foodies -- try the dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, the world's cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant -- and for shoppers, who can bounce from modern mega-malls to bustling night markets" recommends Sarah Schlichter, Senior Editor of IndependentTraveler.com.

  • Arrivals in 2013: 25,587,300
  • Growth in visitor numbers on 2012: 7.6 percent
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