Turkey named Europe’s leading tourist board

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The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism has been named ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Board’ at the World Travel Awards 2012. Turkey’s Minister for Culture & Tourism said: “We are thrilled to have won this prestigious travel award during a year which has seen a number of awards for Turkey and unprecedented press coverage. It is also a year in which Istanbul is the European Capital of Sport and when the city became one of three shortlisted cities for the 2020 Olympics.”

The Turkish flag


The awards also acknowledged Turkey’s hotel sector, with awards for Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel (Mardan Palace, Antalya), Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort (Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa, Belek) and Europe’s Leading New Luxury Hotel (Angel’s Peninsula, Marmaris).

Turkey is one the fastest developing tourist destinations in the world, now ranking sixth in terms of number of foreign arrivals, with a total of 31.4 million foreign visitors in 2011 (2.58 million from the UK) and a spectacular 50 per cent increase in these figures over the last five years.

Recognised internationally with a number of awards recently, the Turkish city of Istanbul was voted ‘Destination of the Year’ by readers of Food and Travel magazine while the resort town of Belek on the Mediterranean coast was named ‘Best Golf Destination’ at the Golf Journal Travel Awards. At the TripAdvisor 2012 Choice Destination Awards Istanbul was lauded again when it was ranked fourth best destination in Europe and seventh best destination in the world, while Oludeniz on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast and Icmeler on its Aegean were ranked 14th and 24th, respectively, in the Top 25 Beach Destinations in the World list.


World Travel Awards is voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide and the general public, with this accolade recognising the commitment to excellence organisations have demonstrated in the last 12 months.


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