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TripAdvisor readers vote Istanbul as the top city to visit in 2014

Turkey's Istanbul has been named as the top holiday destination for 2014 according to TripAdvisor. The popular travel review site recently released its 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards- a reflection of those destinations with the best reviews and ratings of hotels, attractions and restaurants.

TripAdvisor readers vote Istanbul as the top city to visit in 2014

Well known travel review site TripAdvisor has released its eagerly anticipated 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards. Much to everyone's surprise, Istanbul has surpassed long time favorites like Paris, Rome and even London and New York to be named the best holiday destination for 2014.

Steeped in history Istanbul is certainly a captivating city, sights such as the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus Strait and the bustling excitement of the spice market and the Eminonu wharf are just some of the attractions that ensures that all five senses are truly engaged while on a holiday to Istanbul.

Trip Advisor's director of communications had the following to say of Istanbul:

"I think what really appeals to people about Istanbul is this great combination of wonderful culture and amazingly beautiful architecture there and great shopping. And if you're a U.S. traveler, the exchange rate is pretty good".

In recent times Istanbul has been better known for its protests that for its tourism product, undoubtedly the TripAdvisor awards certainly will come as good news as Turkey looks to attract more travellers in the coming years. Notably, the award winning luxury hotel brand Raffles has also given its vote of confidence in Istanbul as a top holiday destination with its very own Raffles Istanbul hotel due to open on September 1st 2014. Peter French, President of Raffles Hotels and Resorts, commented:

"Turkey is a rising star of the global economy and Istanbul is a rising star of global tourism."

TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice awards are based on a combination of a proprietary algorithm that analyses user reviews and ratings of hotels, attractions and restaurants as well as a poll of over 3000 of the site's users. Notably, when asked where they wanted to visit the majority of users (32 per cent) voted for European destinations while 18 per cent of users voted for the Caribbean and 10 per cent North America.

Trip Advisor's top 25 cities for 2014 were:

  1. Istanbul, Turkey
  2. Rome, Italy
  3. London, UK
  4. Beijing, China
  5. Prague, Czech Republic
  6. Marrakech, Morocco
  7. Paris, France
  8. Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  10. Shanghai, China
  11. Berlin, Germany
  12. New York City, USA
  13. Florence, Italy
  14. Buenos Aires, Argentina
  15. Barcelona, Spain
  16. St Petersburg, Russia
  17. Dubai, UAE
  18. Chicago, USA
  19. Cape Town, South Africa
  20. Bangkok, Thailand
  21. Budapest, Hungary
  22. Sydney, Australia
  23. Lisbon, Portugal
  24. Chiang Mai, Thailand
  25. San Francisco, USA
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