American tourist numbers in Turkey growing rapidly

April 21, 2007, Saturday/ 20:16:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Last year there were 532,000 American tourists in Turkey, rebounding to the record-setting level of 2001 after four years of low tourist numbers due to terrorist fears.
According to the American media, Peter Frank, editor of leading online travel agency, first noted that the number of American tourists visiting Turkey had substantially decreased from 515,000 in 2000 to 222,000 following the Sept. 11 attacks. He said the number has been on the rise since then and has finally returned to its 2001 level. Recalling that the number of Americans travelers will continue to rise, Frank also noted that Turkey will attract more American tourists this year. Frank described İstanbul as a hot destination for 2007, especially praising it for its night clubs and excellent food. Frank further lauded Bodrum, noting that the city is about to become Turkey’s St. Tropez. The coverage especially recommended İstanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, as well as Antalya, Cappadocia and Ephesus.

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