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europe TURKISH DELIGHTS Turkey's breathtaking landscapes and cultural attractions-from great architectural monuments to colorful bazaars and savory cuisine-are drawing Americans to this country in record numbers. Spa at the Marti Istanbul Hotel. carla hunt According to Emin Kaya, director of the Turkish Culture and Tourist Office in New York, "The amazing growth of Mediterranean cruising and the particular popularity of Turkish ports produces 60 percent of our U.S. market that experiences Turkey only as a cruise passenger, and our surveys show that 92 percent of our U.S. repeat visitors have first been introduced to our country on a cruise." Actually, Turkey's ports-Istanbul, Bodrum and Kusadasi- gateway to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, as well as the interior Anatolian region of Cappadocia, are precisely the destinations most popular with U.S. visitors. According to Kaya, his office will focus its marketing and promotion efforts on these areas, working to educate the North American trade and travelers about the many-splendored tourism product of Turkey. "We are also seeking to expand the travel programs available through tour operators, particularly among USTOA members," Kaya adds. 36 march 2014 36-38 EU Turkey.indd 36 staying put in istanbul Like other great European cities, Istanbul is more than just a gateway to a country, and far more than just a 2- to 3-day stopover city. It's a wondrous place where "East meets West" in an endlessly fascinating cultural melting pot, with enough outstanding sightseeing, bazaar-hopping, Bosphorus cruising, fine dining and vibrant nightlife to fill at least the week it takes to really get acquainted with Istanbul. Clients need at least three full days just to cover the essential sights: Topkapi Palace with its priceless jewels, sacred relics and infamous harem; the Hagia Sophia, now a museum; the Archaeological Museum, a treasury of classic finds from a treasure-filled country; St. Saviour in Chora, whose mosaics and frescoes represent the zenith of Byzantine art; the Blue Mosque and the Suleymaniye Mosque; the lavish, imperial 19th century Dolmabahce Palace; and the Underground Palace, a subterranean Roman cistern that is memorable for its size and pillars. 2/19/14 2:41 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend March 2014

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: ME by Melia
Tour Talk: MLT Vacations
The All-Inclusive Rundown
Iberostar's Rose Hall Resorts, Jamaica
RIU Palace Mexico
What's New in Cancun & Riviera Maya
Great Britain Travel Planner
Turkish Delights
Cosmopolitan South Africa
Riveting Rhode Island
Okinawa: To Visit is to Love It
Un-Cruise Adventures' S.S. Legacy

Recommend March 2014