Despite lingering global economic uncertainties, Turkey’s ongoing popularity as a tourism destination continues to strengthen, with strong growth among international arrivals, according to officials at the Turkish Culture and Tourist Office in New York.
In September, the number of arriving foreigners grew at a rate of 11.17 percent over the same period in 2009. Year-to-date, foreign arrivals show a 5.98 percent increase with 23 million visitors over last year. The Mediterranean appeal of Antalya and the cosmopolitan and cultural excitement of Istanbul helped rank these two destinations as the top two choices for international visitors.
Arrivals from the U.S., which represent 2.45 percent of Turkey’s total foreign visitors in 2009 and 2.26 in 2010, registered a 2.69 percent increase in September while European visitors, accounting for 53 percent of total international guests, increased by 5.72 percent. For more information, call 877-FOR-TURKEY or visit www.tourismturkey.org or www.goturkey.com.