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Turkey's rapid museum expansion

Turkey's tourism sector is being galvanized by a museum boom as the government invests in promoting its Ottoman heritage.
People visit the Panorama 1453 History Museum on the 558th anniversary of the conquest of the city by Ottoman Turks, in Istanbul May 29, 2011. Istanbul's Panorama 1453 History Museum, Turkey's first panoramic museum, tells the story of the conquest of the city by the Ottoman Empire in 1453.   REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY) - RTR2N253

In the first five months of this year, the number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose to 10.9 million, 4.8% more compared with the same period in 2013, according to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

A considerable increase in the number and diversity of restored and new museums across the country has been an important part of government’s strategy to contribute to Turkey’s image as a top tourist destination. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of overall visitors increased 335%, while the number of visitors to museums and historic sites increased 428.8%.

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