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Hong Kong

5. Hong Kong (+ 72%)

Hong Kong just doesn't stop. Last year saw the opening of a $1.2 billion cruise terminal designed by Norman Foster. Hotel rooms are predicted to increase from 70,000 last year to 84,000 in 2017. And this year there was a 72 percent increase in spending — garnering the Asian powerhouse the Number 5 spot on the list. Photo: Thinkstock

The "Hot List" of World's Top 10 countries: You'll Never Guess the Winner...

New Zealand is the hottest country in the world right now, according to Virtuoso — a network of luxury travel advisors and travel providers. Using data from its worldwide travel agency members, Virtuoso tracked the destinations experiencing the largest year-over-year growth, based on $32 billion in client transactions.

It’s no surprise that this Kiwi country topped Virtuoso’s Hot List, given its exposure in movies like “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” — and its untouched beauty. "There is a race towards trying to get to some of the more pristine places because of the rise in mass tourism and globalization,” said Virtuoso chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch.

Some other findings in the Virtuoso survey: international travel to countries outside the U.S. is up 21 percent compared to the same time last year. Travel to Europe has seen a 23 percent increase. On the other hand, Russia’s tourism industry is plummeting — down a whopping 69%.

Read on to get a peek at the top 10: