· Buenos Aires, Argentina: World spread quickly among travelers that BA was like the Paris of South America, and when terrorism and dangerous activity made the news in Rio, the southward-bound flocks headed for Argentina instead. And where these folks go, design hotels and trendy restaurants follow.
· The Dominican Republic: It seems like everyone but everyone has been down to the DR for a vacation in the last few years especially. Even LCCs like Jetblue fly to several cities in the country, and all-inclusive (yet affordable) luxury hotels continue to proliferate. It's like everyone is holding their breath for Cuba but making do with the DR.
· Dubai, United Arab Emirates: If we had to pick one city that's undergone the most change in the last decade, it's got to be Dubai. Whether or not they were the tourism hotspot of the aughts is questionable, but for development and business, Dubai is tops.
· Bali, Indonesia: While Bali has been through some weather ups and downs, no one can deny that the island is synonymous with Eden. The allure began during World War II sure, and continued with Rodgers & Hammerstein's song from South Pacific, "Bali Hai," but these last few years have been good to Bali by hooking it up with flights and fresh hotels to make it an accessible paradise.
· London, England: An oldie but a goodie; you can thank Harry Potter for this city's inclusion on our list of possible hotspots of the decade.. We bet that the fake platform 9¾ at King's Cross station is worn down from the sheer number of HP tourists over the last few years. London never really loses its hotspot reputation, so perhaps it deserves a lifetime achievement award?
Are we missing any other cities? Tell us who else should be a hotspot of the aughts. Voice your vote in the comments!
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