A city rich in tourism, history, culture and gastronomy, Istanbul has been attracting more tourists this autumn due to the unusually warm weather, which has been steadily above seasonal norms.
This has led to both foreign tourists and local citizens flocking to the historical and touristic areas of the city.
Crowded tourist groups, particularly on Istanbul’s historic peninsula, have been making local tradesmen and hoteliers smile this year.
What has also particularly drawn attention are the tourist groups that include transit passengers using Istanbul for connected flights.
Named the world’s eighth most visited city in 2018, Istanbul recorded its best numbers in the last five years by hosting nearly 10 million foreign tourists, 9.9 million to be precise, from 200 countries as of August this year.
According to the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the figure was up by more than 1 million compared to the last year’s eight-month period when some 8.9 million foreigners visited the metropolis.
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