Education and training have long been recognized askey drivers of social and economic development. With a number of more than 3 million students from primary school to universities, Istanbul has great potential locally and internationally.
Istanbul has 2 international seaports, one in European side and one in Asian side. According to Containerisation International Magazine, which classifies top 100 container ports globally in 2012, Istanbul is the 4th busiest port in Mediterranean Region. Moreover, Ataturk Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport are logistically important for cargo planes. On the other hand, railway systems, which come from China and reach all the way to England, help companies transfer their goods smoothly.
According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2013 Europe Report, Istanbul is top ranked regarding expectations and development prospects. It says: “It’s Berlin and London for core. But it is Istanbul for opportunity” in the report. Global companies such as Nestlé and Microsoft, as well as newcomers from banking and insurance, are establishing bases in Istanbul, drawn by the proximity to cities in Eastern Europe, the Caucuses and the Middle East.
Istanbul is a unique city where history, nature and culture all meet. According to Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2013, Istanbul has made huge strides in recent years and now ranks as the 6th most popular destination in the world, with 10.4 million international visitors. When we consider visitor numbers growing at 9.5% and growth in visitor spending a sizzling 5.5%, the city is a rising star as a travel destination.
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