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Istanbul Named World’s Best Travel Destination by TripAdvisor Readers

Istanbul Named World’s Best Travel Destination by TripAdvisor Readers

Istanbul has been named the top destination in the world, and in Europe, ahead of cities such as Rome, London, Paris and New York, in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations by TripAdvisor.

Istanbul from the Blue Mosque

Istanbul from the Blue Mosque

 

Already the sixth most-visited country in the world with a record-breaking 39,860, 771 visitors last year and year-on-year growth of 5.69%, the latest accolade bolsters Turkey’s place as one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Istanbul is also the second most popular destination for overseas visitors within Turkey after Antalya, with 10,474,867 visiting Istanbul in 2013, up 12% year-on-year.

“We are delighted that Turkey has been chosen as the best destination in the world in these annual awards that are based on millions of reviews by the travellers themselves,” said Selcuk Can, Attaché for the Turkish Embassy in London. “We continue to receive record number of visitor numbers to Istanbul every year as they discover the captivating energy of this exciting culture capital. The only city in the world to straddle two continents at the crossroads of civilization, Istanbul is one fascinating melting pot of a great 21st century city.”

The 2014 TripAdvisor Traveller’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. 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.”

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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