Highlights

HOT AIR BALLOONS FROM OF 160 COUNTRIES WILL COLOR THE SKY OF IZMIR
180 Hot air balloons from 160 countries will fill the skies of Izmir from September 9 to 20. The festival will be attended by 1.5 million visitors and also serve as a great opportunity for EXPO.

NUMBER OF TURKEYS CANDIDATE SITES FOR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE LIST INCREASED TO
Turkish Republic Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay declared at a meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in Istanbul that the number of Turkey’s candidate sites for the UNESCO World Heritage has risen to 38.

3000 YEAR OLD STATUE OF HITTITE KING SUPPILULIUMA DISCOVERED AT TELL TAYINAT IN HATAY’S REYHANLI DISTRICT
The excavation team, constituted of 47 persons from 8 countries and led by Professor Timothy Harrison from the University of Toronto, discovered by the Tell Tayinat Tumulus in Hatay’s Reyhanlı district the statue of the ruler of the Hittite period.

TURKEY SOLE COUNTRY MOVING UP IN TOURISM RANKINGS
Published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the bulletin titled, “Tourism Highlights 2012 Edition" stated that only Turkey among the world’s top ten tourism countries has achieved a higher ranking this year. Ranked 7th in 2010,

EUROPES LEADING TOURISM BOARD
Organized in a different country annually the 19th World Travel Awards held in Algarve, Portugal this year, awarded the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism with 'Europe's Leading Tourism Board' Award.

CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD
According to a poll among visitors of the world's leading travel website Tripadvisor the Gaziantep Zeugma Mosaic Museum has been deemed worthy of the Certificate of Excellence Award 2012.

ECOTOURISM AND AGROTOURISM BECOMING POPULAR IN TURKEY
Strengthening the system of Marine and Coastal Areas of Turkey conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism in collaboration with the Turkey Representation of the United Nations Development Program.

Cairo İnternational Book Fair
The first day of the 44th Cairo International Book Fair (CIBF) on Wednesday was almost empty of visitors. There was a heavy security presence during President Morsi's visit and its seems many people decided to avoid the venue as a result

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