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Turkish Tourism defies economic downturn

Tourism in Turkey has grown substantially over the past few years and is showing no signs of stopping according to a recent article.

Despite the recent months of global economic uncertainty, the number of visitors to Turkey in 2009 is up by 1.1% year on year, further evidence of the country’s growing stature as a leading travel destination.

According to the article, annual tourist numbers to Turkey are expected to reach 33 million by 2012, whilst PricewaterhouseCoopers have predicted Turkey’s tourism industry will increase by 12.1% between 2010 and 2013.

Supporting recent findings, the article described Turkey as a top destination for British tourists in 2009, reporting an 11% annual increase in the number of British visitors. The Mugla region of Turkey, home to the resorts of Bodrum and Marmaris, is a particular favourite amongst British holidaymakers, who make up nearly half of all visitors.

Commenting on Turkey’s growing popularity, Ertgrul Gunay, Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister said “We are delighted with Turkey’s tourism successes and the continued expansion in visitor numbers to Turkey despite the economic downturn. Looking ahead we’re confident that Turkey’s tourism industry is poised for even further growth”.

Source: Breaking Travel News

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