Turkey still a favourite destination for Arab travellers


The total tourism income in Turkey increased by 6.5 per cent in the first nine months of 2007 compared to the same period for 2006, bringing in $14 billion in revenue, according to figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute.

A total of 21.4 million visitors were expected to arrive in the country by the end of 2007. The top-ten arrivals of foreigners came from respectively, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Iran, U.S.A, France, Italy and Georgia. These top ten countries shared 63,9 per cent of the total arriving foreign visitors.
According to Thierry Bertin, area director of marketing, Middle East, Hyatt International Hotels and Resorts, “Turkey has always been a favourite destination for Middle East Travellers. With Istanbul being one of the most popular cities in the world and located just a short distance away from the Middle East, it is the perfect holiday destination for GCC visitors,” Bertin added.
Hyatt Regency Istanbul, located in the heart of the city's business district is a short walk from Taksim Square’s shopping and entertainment areas. Ideal for business and leisure travellers, the hotel is 20 kilometres from Ataturk Airport and five minutes from Istanbul’s historic landmarks, including The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
The hotel has 360 rooms including 71 Regency club rooms with added special amenities, 28 suites, and seven fully furnished luxury apartments. The Istanbul hotel offers many dining options for its guests including the Agora Restaurant which has open buffets and local and international cuisine, and can handle up to 300 guests.