The 10 most-visited cities of 2015

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By Christina Lavingia, Graphiq

At the end of the year, two things tend to happen: We look forward to the year ahead, with all of its potential, and evaluate the year that's coming to a close. Perhaps your nostalgia harkens back to memories made with friends, quality time with family, big changes in your life or a much-needed vacation that expanded your perspective and gave you an experience you'll never forget.

FindTheHome wanted to see which cities were the most popular travel destinations of 2015. To do this, we looked at the 2015 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, which ranked the 132 most visited cities by international overnight travelers* around the world. The report is released in June and projects to year close.

We provide a look at the top 10 below, along with data regarding the number of international tourists, growth in visitors over 2014, money spent** by tourists in each location in 2015 and top attractions via TripAdvisor.

While London, Bangkok and Paris received the most international overnight tourists in 2015, visitors spent the most money in London, New York and Paris.

* An overnight visitor is defined as person who is traveling on a nonstop direct flight to her destination and is not a resident of the destination country. A visitor may make more than one trip, and each trip counts as a new visit. A person on the return leg home does not count as a visitor.

** Money spent is defined as the estimated total amount that visitors spend in the destination city and excludes air ticket expenditure.

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