Istanbul continued to be a tourism hot spot in 2011 as Turkey's largest metropolis saw 8 million foreign tourists, a 16 percent rise over the preceding year, the latest data reveal.
According to figures provided by the İstanbul Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate on Thursday, 1.09 million more people flocked to see Istanbul last year over 2010. The city attracted 6.97 million foreign visitors in 2010, when it was one of three European Capital of Culture cities. Germany sent the highest number of tourists to Istanbul in 2011, followed by Russia, the US, Italy and France.
The directorate said in a written statement the city “left a successful year in tourism behind,” despite financial and political fluctuations in surrounding regions.
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