Istanbul named 3rd Favorite European tourist destination-shared by Archaeologous

Istanbul ranks seventh across the globe in total number of travelers with 11.6 million visitors. DAILY NEWS Photo / Emrah Gürel

Istanbul ranks seventh across the globe in total number of travelers with 11.6 million visitors and 3rd favorite destination in Europe. DAILY NEWS Photo / Emrah Gürel

Thought I'd (here at Archaeologous) post an article by the Daily News about Istanbul. If you will be vacationing in Istanbul, you've made a popular choice! Come see why.  I know I love the mixture of the thriving modern shopping malls mixed with walking underground at the Basilica Cisterns an seeing ancient statues of Medusa and of experiencing an amazing vitalizing Hammam scrub/massage/steam to walking for hours taking photos and shopping in the Grand Bazaar. Ancient mosques, nightclubs, and the Bosphorus waterway that divides Asia and Europe. It's all grand in Istanbul.

"Istanbul has been named as the third favorite European destination of choice for international travelers after London and Paris, according MasterCard’s Target Cities Index.

With 11.6 million expected visitors for the 2014-end, Istanbul also ranks seventh across the globe, according to the list topped by London for the third time in four years with 18.37 million visitors.Now in its fourth year, the index provides a ranking of the 132 most traveled cities from around the world.Turkey’s largest, most-populated city, which hosted 9.87 million visitors in 2013, is predicted to record a 17.5 percent growth at the end of 2014 and expected to rank top in visitor growth rate, a statement released by MasterCard Turkey has said.Istanbul, the fastest growing city between 2009 and 2014 in terms of visitors coming by flight, is expected to overtake Paris as the second top favorite European destination by 2016 if it preserves the 104.6 percent level of five-year growth."

Other helpful links: *Easy Turkish words  Video Overview of Istanbul      *What to eat on a vacation in Turkey

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