With over millions of visitors every year, Istanbul has gained 5th place as the most visited city in the world. Being previously at 7th place, Istanbul has shown a much higher growth rate than other countries, like Bangkok, Dubai, and Paris. This has developed great opportunities for the tourism industry in Turkey to serve visitors with the best possible services and facilities.
What Makes Istanbul the 5th Most Visited City in The World?
No doubt, many other countries are continually growing their international visitors at a high rate, but the environment, lifestyle, stunning landscapes, incredible tourist places, and affordability has made Istanbul overtake other countries and gained this prestigious position. It opens the door for foreigners to explore Turkish culture and tradition, and their way of living.
Istanbul is found to be the fastest-growing destination in Europe, in addition to other growing cities in Europe (such as Bucharest, Budapest, and Warsaw). The other cities that hold the top four positions are London, Bangkok, Paris, and Dubai. So, it has been also reported that if Istanbul continues to grow at this rate, it would replace Paris one day.
Moreover, it is reported that Istanbul has the most diverse visitor base. It means people from all around the world visit Istanbul for one or another reason, like for wedding ceremonies, employment, studying, and even for investment. Half of the international tourists in Turkey visit Istanbul every year. Thus, it brings the source of economic stability in the country.
Tourism Development Opportunities in Turkey
It is very clear that to accomplish the tourism goals, one country must create an environment that grabs the attention of global visitors. It is possible when the revenues are distributed across different sectors with the chances of maximum tourists. Turkey knows this very well.
Due to the highest international visitors, Istanbul shares great revenue in Turkey’s tourism industry. This increases the target of the tourism sector while aiming to attract more visitors and increase the count of tourism in the country.
Keep in mind that here we are not just talking about tourism for enjoying beautiful destinations in Turkey. It includes tourism for different purposes, such as health, religious, cultural, and even sports. The tourism in all these sectors collectively helps greatly in bringing tourism and economic growth.