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The Rise of Turkey in Tourist Arrivals

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The all-inclusive holiday sector is particularly strong as Turkey defies the economic downturn.

Turkey has risen one more place in the list of the world’s most visited countries by tourist arrivals. Increasing popularity particularly in the all-inclusive sector has made it the 7th most visited country in the world. Increasing numbers of British tourists – Turkey is now one of the top five destinations for growth in the UK market – and a faithful yearly stream of big-spending Russian tourists are helping to boost Turkey’s international reputation in the tourism industry.

Turkey’s tourism sector is set to expand by 12.1% until 2013, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, pushed by value for money, an ever-increasing choice of attractions and continuing investments being made to improve the tourism sector. Ertugrul Gunay, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism: “We have had a wonderful year hosting Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, which gave us the opportunity to showcase the city as an international capital of culture and art. Our nationwide tourism offers continue to diversify, with areas such as culture and archaeology and activity holidays proving ever popular with each passing year.”

Mr Gunay will be holding a special press conference at the WTM as the Turkish Office of Culture and Tourism hosts special events to celebrate the successes of 2010 and preview Turkey’s tourism strategy for 2011 and beyond.

WTM London

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