Sunday, 20 August 2017



Istanbul Breaks World Record in Hotel Rates' Increase



BalkanTravellers.com   
2 September 2011 | The rates of Istanbul's hotels marked the highest increase in the world for the last year, a British business survey announced.
Growing interest in the city as a business destination, combined with business travellers opting regularly for five-star accommodation due to security concerns, resulted in room prices plummeting with 37 per cent.

This growth exceeded by far the average in the popular business cities in the world, which was estimated to be 4 per cent. Currently the average price per night in Istanbul is £196.

Yet the most expensive hotels remain those in Moscow (£261), Geneva (£228) and Zurich (£220).

 

 

Epicure


Turkey
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