Istanbul: World’s top travel destination – TripAdvisor

Sabah – Türkiye’s continent-spanning historic city is 2014’s top pick as global travel destination, according to travel website TripAdvisor. Assessing the most popular tourist hotspots all around the world, TripAdvisor’s selection for this year has placed Istanbul in the lead, followed by Rome and London.

Jumping 11 places from last year, Türkiye’s megacity has emerged as the top destination, chosen by millions of TripAdvisor users impressed by its rich heritage and scenic beauty.

“These awards are based on millions of reviews and ratings by travelers themselves and Istanbul's combination of wonderful culture, amazingly beautiful architecture and great shopping have appealed to people”, TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay said.

Over 10 million tourists visited Istanbul last year, up 12 percent from 2012. Home to countless tourist attractions, Türkiye welcomed more than 35 million foreign visitors in 2013, becoming the 6th most popular travel destination in the world.

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