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Turkey is very rich in history, culture and most of all its natural tourist attractions making it one of the most visited countries in the world for many years. The tourism sector in Turkey is mainly focused on a variety of historical sites knowing that this played a huge part in history as once the capital of the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Empire and before that it has become a crossroads for both the Greek and the Persian worlds, however, Turkey is now more known for its beaches along the Aegean and the Mediterranean coastlines where millions of tourists’ flock each year.
Turkey has also become a very popular destination for its rich diverse but predominantly Islamic culture, its spa, and its great health care.
As of 2014, Turkey has already attracted more than 42 million foreign tourists that makes it the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world, while this number went down to 36 million the following year and 25 million in the next year, but it recovered in 2017 with the number grew to 32 million in terms of foreign tourists visiting the country.
A lot of tourists love to visit there because of its cheap all inclusive holidays to Turkey.
The most visited and the most important tourism destination in Turkey is its capital, Istanbul. When it comes to hotels and tourist-oriented industries, the city is never short of it that both caters vacationers and professionals visiting the country. Istanbul which is also Turkey’s biggest city and metropolis has a lot of major attractions derived from its historical background as the capital city of the Byzantine and the Ottoman empires.
The Ottoman Empire’s Sultan Ahmed Mosque which is commonly known as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, the Byzantine Empire’s Basilica Cistern and the Dolmabahce Palace, and the Galata Tower are the most popular tourist destinations in Istanbul. Also, people should visit the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, as well as the Pera Palace Hotel.
Istanbul have also grown to become the largest shopping destination in the European continent by having two huge malls, the Metrocity, the Akmerkez, and the Cevahir Mall that is the biggest mall in Europe, and the seventh largest shopping center in the world which is a great testament that the Turkish people love malling and leisure.
Just last October, to further promote and strengthen its tourism sector and provide a more convenient doorway for travelers especially tourists around the world, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled and inaugurated Istanbul’s newest international airport that is said to be the world’s largest which costs the country 10.5 billion euros or $12-billion that instantly creates Istanbul a global travel hub that links the entirety of Europe, the Asian and African continents leading with its flag carrier the Turkish Airlines.
The enormous airport can accommodate 90 million passengers each year which makes it the fifth busiest airport in the world, while there are 200 million passengers, are estimated to be catered in 2028 as all of its facilities will be completed.