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Istanbul Named the Top Travel Destination in the World

April 10, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism today welcomed the results of a traveler’s choice award naming Istanbul as the world’s top travel destination, beating out long-time favorites of Rome, London, Paris and New York.
Already the sixth most-visited country in the world with a record-breaking 35 million travelers last year (a 9.8% yearly increase), the latest accolade cements Turkey’s place as one of the fastest growing travel destinations in the world.

“We’re delighted that travelers from around the world continue to discover what we’ve known and loved for generations,” said Emin Kaya, Director, Turkish Tourist Office New York. “Straddling two continents at the crossroads of civilization, Istanbul blends the best of eastern and western cultures with ancient history and contemporary lifestyle.”

The 2014 TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards is based on users’ reviews and ratings over a 12-month period. The sixth annual awards saw Istanbul jump from 11th place to first within the past year.

In announcing the award, TripAdvisor said: “Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, where breathtaking ancient architecture coexists with modern restaurants and nightlife. The city’s mosques, bazaars, and hammams (Turkish baths) could keep you happily occupied for your entire trip. Start with the awe-inspiring Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque), visible from many points of the city. Stroll the Galata Bridge and stop by the Miniaturk Park to see its tiny artifacts. The Grand Bazaar has thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is a fragrant trove of spices and fruits.”

Interviews with Turkish Tourist Office, New York, Director, Mr. Emin Kaya, are available on request

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