(MENAFN) According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, 2 top tourist-draw Turkish cities led the way for fastest expansion in 2018, beating out their European competitors.
The GDP for Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis, and Antalya, a top Mediterranean resort, coming from direct travel and tourism increased 15.7 percent and 15.5 percent yearly, respectively, as the figure was over the average of the 73 cities (3.6%) analyzed in a report by the council.
The report said that, "this reflects the continued recovery of Turkish travel and tourism, driven by safety improvements and the depreciation of its currency, making the country more attractive to foreign visitors", adding that, "4 out of the 10 fastest-growing cities in 2018 were in Europe".
Last year, the 3rd fastest rising city was Moscow, growing by 13.7 percent thanks to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Budapest, Hungary placed 10th for yearly expansion at 8.5 percent.
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