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Turkish Tourism Continues its Strong Growth, Records a Re

Turkish Tourism Continues its Strong Growth, Records a Re-Affirming 10, 7% Increase

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The number of international tourist arrivals to Turkey have increased by 10, 7% for the first 7 months of 2013 when compared with the first 7 months of 2012.

The stats announced by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture reveal a 1.9 million increase in the number of tourists, taking the total toll from 17, 3 million in 2012 to 19, 1 million in 2013 (first seven months).

The future of Turkish tourism poised some serious concerns and questions following the civil demonstrations held against the government and the subsequent warnings of tourist-sending countries to their citizens to be “cautious of the current circumstances when visiting Turkey”.

This solid increase, however, came both as a relief and a confidence-boost for the Turkish tourism ecosystem; a confirmation of Turkey as the region’s leading touristic hot-spot.

Authorities comment that Turkey’s strong image as a safe-haven amidst the conflict-ridden Middle East came in handy, helping it rapidly shake off the “unsafe” look of the Gezi protests. What’s more, the far-worse violence and instability in Egypt has led to the shifting of Egypt’s tourism potential to Turkey.

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Actually

by Just-a-thought

By the criteria of most linguists, the fact that a language may be written in a different SCRIPT does not make it a separate language. Often the decision is a political or ethnically charged one, rather than a linguistically based one. For example, certain dialects of Turkish, Farsi and Romanian that were spoken in the former Soviet Union were officially written in Cyrillic script, even though very similar dialects outside the Soviet Union were written in Latin (for Romanian) or Arabic (for Farsi and Turkish) script.
Here is some more information about Urdu and Hindi, which backs up the assertion that they are the same language:
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True, the Turks don't want a Kurdish state, but

by raider_of_arks

I say screw what they want. What is their problem anyway? Talk about a selfish nation. I mean, they've already bombed their own Kurds to kingdom-come claiming that they are terrorists. That's a favorite thing for governments to say these days when a different group agitates for independence. The peaceful Kurdish demonstrators and groups were rounded up, jailed, exiled, or killed. What choice do these people have if the govt. is telling them to stop speaking their own language and informing them that they are nothing but mountain Turks? Also, there is a vengeful vein in much of Turkish society

Roll with portugese

by MrLosingIt

Spanish is a good language to know, but the US is already saturated with bilingual spanish/english speakers.
brazil has a lot of great things going on and is on the rise to become a major economic power. german is okay, and it is very easy to learn as an english speaker -- however, many germans already speak a great deal of english.
hindi and also arabic might be worth checking out too, but that would require learning a new script/alphabet (chinese and roman are enough).
others to consider
cantonese (GREAT opportunities in hong kong)
turkish (another emerging economy, but i think a lot of english is spoken in turkey, i could be wrong)
of the languages mentioned, i think portugese might have the most value in 10 years, as brazil is very slow to adapt to modern english requirements found in europe and asia

It's actually "who wouldn't?"

by ---

But I guess because of the Internet, the English language is no longer what it was two generations ago.
On the subject of language, English is the worst and most illogical of languages.
If an extraterrestrial landed on Earth and asked, "I want to learn a human langugage. I have narrowed it down to three: English, German, and Turkish."
Without question, the most logical choice is Turkish, followed by German, then English.
I say logical based on the fact that there are virtually NO irregularities with Turkish---no unpronounced glyphs (no silent letters), no glyphs have different tones or sounds, and no such things as strong and weak verbs (stem vowel changes)

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FAQ

Tristar
Independent travel or packaged tour for Turkey?

We're planning to visit Turkey this December. A packaged tour would be more expensive but it could save us a lot of hassle. Travelling independently would give us more freedom and I believe it's more fun too. We don't have a lot of time though - 10 days for this trip. I've always preferred travelling independently but this time we might be able to cover more attractions if we join a tour. Is it easy to get around in Turkey? Which option is better? Please advise! Thanks.

Hi I'm Turkish and I can definitely tell you that a packaged tour might be more useful considering the fact that it is quite difficult to get around, especially in the bigger cities like Istanbul and Izmir I guess it depends on when you're going. However there are always many many tourists that travel by themselves. In general the people in the hotels and even the ones on the streets are quite helpful and with a good book It will be quite easy. However like I said if you're up for it and would rather do independent travel then go for it cos there are so many people that do that plus it…

Tristar
Independent travel or packaged tour for Turkey?

We're planning to visit Turkey this December. A packaged tour would be more expensive but it could save us a lot of hassle. Travelling independently would give us more freedom and I believe it's more fun too. We don't have a lot of time though - 10 days for this trip. I've always preferred travelling independently but this time we might be able to cover more attractions if we join a tour. Is it easy to get around in Turkey? Which option is better? Please advise! Thanks.

Traveling in Turkyie (Turkish spelling) in December is not the best time of year, Istanbul, Ankara etc are the 2 largest cities you and most tourists visit, it snows, it's cold and messy!! They don't plow like here in the states. Globus Bus Lines thru any trl agency has all Mercedes diesels with bathroom , serves tea on board etc. 10 days in country? or 10 days round tip from home? If you are only going to be in country for a 7 day trip, I recommend a tour, that way you get a nice hotel, food, and travel, Yes, you get good bus travel between cities, also railway system is good and…

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