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Old 04-15-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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How can this possibly be the third-most visited city in the entire world, when I've never even heard of it ??? I'm very surprised.

And I've been studying cultural geography intensely all my life, and I'm 60 years old (American).
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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How did you never hear of it?
It's one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for Europeans.
Still shocks me that it beats cities like NYC, HK and Singapore tho.
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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I have heard of it because of Antalyaspor football club and it is a popular resort, but it is mind boggling if it is true that it is the third most visited city in the entire world.
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:04 PM
 
Location: The Present
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What's astounding is the rate of growth of the city in terms of population. Those numbers can't be all native Turkish people, whats the #'s for the year round foreigners living in the city?
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:41 PM
 
Location: 30-40°N 90-100°W
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How did you never hear of it?
I hadn't heard of it either and I minored in Geography. However I admit I'm more into Asia and history. So it's not that surprising "Resorts contemporary Europeans like" would not have been on my radar. (I was thinking maybe Benares/Varanasi would be third as it gets Hindu pilgrims, that might give you a sense of the areas where my interests reside. Addendum: Looking it up maybe it still could be as this list's referring to international tourism not internal tourism and maybe not pilgrimages either.)
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Old 04-15-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Eindhoven, Netherlands
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Let's not forget that Antalya is the only city in the area with a international airport. The next international airport is like 200 miles up Northwest.
That entire Southwest coast is full of resort towns/cities, Bodrum/Marmaris/Antalya.Manavgat/Alanya etc.
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Old 04-16-2012, 01:37 AM
 
Location: rain city
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I've been to Antalya, Turkey. I give it a resounding 'meh'.

One reason that it may be rated "third-most visited city in the entire world" is that Russians do not need a visa to enter Turkey, and Russian airlines run constant low cost air travel from Russia to the Turkish Mediterranean, Antalya.

If you're in frozen Russia wanting an easy, low cost, visa-free warm vacation, Antalya is your best bet.

Query solved.
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:48 AM
 
Location: The Midst of Insanity
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I've been to Antalya, Turkey. I give it a resounding 'meh'.

One reason that it may be rated "third-most visited city in the entire world" is that Russians do not need a visa to enter Turkey, and Russian airlines run constant low cost air travel from Russia to the Turkish Mediterranean, Antalya.

If you're in frozen Russia wanting an easy, low cost, visa-free warm vacation, Antalya is your best bet.

Query solved.
That's interesting about the Russians and their visas to Turkey, I had no idea.

I knew a few German guys (engineers) who did work in Antalya.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:33 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Yeah it's surprising it would be so little known. Turkey in general seems mostly visited by European tourists. Definitely a fascinating country.
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Its a hot-spot for trashy, lower-class Europeans (primarily Germans, Russians and Brits)
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