Nearly 3 million foreign tourists visit Istanbul in first four months of 2013

The figure marks a 21 percent increase year-on-year

The figure marks a 21 percent increase year-on-year

ISTANBUL - Number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul, Turkey's main commercial and cultural hub, reached 2.92 million in the first four months of 2013, data showed.

The figure marked a 21 percent rise over the same period from 2.42 million a year earlier.

Visitors from Germany took the lead with 103,417 and it was followed by Russia with 59,448, and France with 52,353.

The number of tourists from Arab countries visiting Istanbul in the first four months of 2013 was up by 39 percent.

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