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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
It may be too late to change your plans for New Year’s Eve, but some of these cities from Atlanta to Hong Kong and Sydney could be on your party bucket list.
If watching the ball drop in Times Square is high on your bucket list, then sure, head to New York City. But if you prefer the bright lights and free-flowing Champagne without the tourist hoopla, steer clear of Manhattan: There are plenty of other cities ringing in 2013 in a truly memorable fashion.
We’ve scoured the globe for hot spots where you won’t just be another face in a televised crowd, but where you can really kick off an exciting new year in style. From dragons to cartoon characters to abnormally large pieces of fruit, here are 11 of the world’s hottest places to spend New Year’s Eve.