World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey continues to be the favorite destination of tourists with its seven unique regions full of historic qualities and natural beauties.
Turkey is a rising star in tourism with historic palaces, mosques, straits, museums, archeological sites, alternative tourism options, natural beauties and impressive hotels.
Leaving behind countries such as Egypt, Tunisia, and Greece, Turkey is now competing with Italy, France and Spain in tourism as a country receiving around 30 million tourists per year.
According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkey hosted 12,723,978 tourists in the first half of 2012.
Istanbul attracted most tourists with a figure of 4,231,836. Accordingly, one out of every three tourists was hosted by Istanbul in the first half of 2012.
Most of the tourists who came to Turkey were from Germany (1,924,108) followed by Russians (1,429,959) and the British (895,358).
In 2011, 31,456,076 tourists visited Turkey.
An official from Turkish ship company sending floating-power generating ship to Gaza says the electricity generating vessel will ease the power crisis in Gaza to a great extent.
Bulgarian President Plevneliev said Bulgaria and Turkey are strategic partners and he hopes the two will be linked through the Trans Adriatic Pipeline for natural gas.
Turkey's new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has formed a new government on his first day on the job.
Israel has not yet allowed construction materials into the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz met with Venezuelan Transport Minister Haiman El Troudi.
Turkish dailies' front pages cover Erdogan's presidential ceremony and Turkish football clubs in European challenges.
Turkey's strong economic performance over the last decade has enabled Recep Tayyip Erdogan to extend his rule with the presidency.
"Today, Turkey has been born from the ashes, the building and fixing process for a new Turkey has gained strength," newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the presidential oath on Thursday after stepping down as Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Today's newspapers cover Turkey's ruling AK party's congress to elect a new party chairman, and Erdogan's handing over the AK Party leadership to Davutoglu.
The U.S. administration designated Charge D'affaires to Ankara to participate the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Erdogan.
Erdogan said he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday, bringing 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks to a halt in the blockaded coastal enclave.
Today’s newspapers cover Turkey’s ruling AK party’s congress to elect a new party chairman, and thousands of Turks forming what is hoped to be the world’s largest portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey.
It is not yet clear who he will be meeting during his stay, but there are believed to be no plans for him to meet Turkish Foreign Minister-turned-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The nation recorded 162,445 medical tourists by the end of the first half of 2014.