ANKARA

Turkey attracted 36.4 million foreign visitors in the first nine months of 2019, marking a 14.5% rise, the Culture and Tourism Ministry announced Thursday.

The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya was the top draw for foreign visitors with a 34.2% share, attracting 12.5 million foreigners.

Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city by population and a top tourist spot, came in a close second, welcoming 11.3 million foreign visitors from January to September.

The northwestern province of Edirne, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, followed them with 3.4 million foreigners.

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