The 20 most popular travel destinations in the world


Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey

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The Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mastercard's Global Destination Cities Index just released their ranking of the most visited cities in the world.


The list features the 20 "fastest-growing destination cities" over the seven-year period of 2009 to 2016.

Asian cities took up just over half the list - 11 spots - while four Middle Eastern cities made it into the ranking.

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