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Istanbul the ‘shining star’ in MasterCard global tourist survey

Istanbul the ‘shining star’ in MasterCard global tourist survey

Istanbul has been named a top five tourist hotspot, outranking Hong Kong, Madrid, Dubai, Rome, New York and Shanghai in a world survey of destination cities.

The index collated by MasterCard, has billed Istanbul the `shining star` destination, awarding it fifth place in the worldwide rankings. Speaking on the findings, Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, MasterCard Worldwide economic advisor, said: `Istanbul is a unique city with a lot of potential. The city is foreseen to rise even higher in the index`.

Turkey`s business capital welcomed 7.5 million tourists during January to November 2011, and anticipates 11.6 million international arrivals in 2012. According to the survey, tourism revenues are expected to rise by 20.7 per cent on last year, positioning it as the number one destination of the European territories surveyed in terms of growth.

The index by the US payment company analyses the world’s most popular tourism destinations by visitor numbers and revenues, alongside their connectivity to other destinations.

The survey is yet another sign of the increasing notoriety Istanbul is currently gaining as investors and holidaymakers alike note the value for variety Turkey has to offer.

Oceanwide Properties are currently marketing two prime residential projects in the emerging professional districts of Beylikdüzü and Silivri in Istanbul.

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