Istanbul up to sixth hottest global tourist spot

Istanbul is expected to welcome 10.4 million tourists this year, a figure that would put it sixth in a global list of destination hotspots, according to a report released by MasterCard.

Istanbul is this year’s number six out of 132 for travel, and its tourism income is expected to rise to $8.6 billion this year – a 5.5 percent increase from a year earlier, according to MasterCard’s third annual Global Destination Cities Index.

Bangkok, London, Paris, Singapore and New York were the top five cities ahead of Istanbul.

With its tourism income of $8.6 billion, Istanbul is set to be fourth in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of its intake from visitors.

Adapted from Hurriyet