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Unal Basusta  Dec 17, 2007

WORLD'S BEST HOTEL IN ANTALYA
In Antalya, Thomas Cook, one of the biggest tour operators of the world, chose Xanadu Resort Hotel in Turkish Mediterranean resort of Antalya as the "world's best hotel" in select hotel category. Britain-based Thomas Cook made this choice according to satisfaction of customers covering more than 10,000 hotels.
Xanadu Resort Hotel topped the list of 100 select hotels in the world.

Thomas Cook sends 19 million tourists to various countries annually; and employs 33,000 staff.

GERMAN TOURISTS HAVE NOT GIVEN UP TURKEY, TUI
Dr. Michael Frenzel, the president of German tour operator TUI, said the number of German tourists visiting Turkey would rise in 2008. He told Turkish daily Vatan, Germans feel safe in Turkey, and he signaled that TUI's investments in Turkey would be on the rise in 2008.

TUI brought 2 million tourists to Turkey last year and owns Magic Life and Robinson Club facilities in Turkey. "We will open new facilities in Turkey when we find local partners and good projects," Frenzel said.

On the other hand, Frenzel said Turkish Mediterranean coastal province of Antalya competed with Mallorca island of Spain -- one of the favorite destinations of the German people. "Turkey can grow bigger in the long term when compared with Spain and some other countries that attract tourists," he also said.

Frenzel said Turkish tourist market was very promising. Different activities like golf and sportive events boosted the tourist season in Antalya, Frenzel said.

"Therefore, there should be other alternatives and additional activities besides sea and sun tourism," he also said.

5.5 MLN TOURISTS TO COME FROM GERMANY IN 2008-
Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Faruk Sen, the chairman of Germany-based Turkish Studies Center (TAM), said 5.5 million German tourists were expected to visit Turkey in 2008.

"The number of German tourists visiting Turkey will reach 4.2 million by the end of this year," he also said. Sen said 24 percent of the German people visited Turkey once or more than once in their lives. "However, 76 percent of them have never been in Turkey. We should make them love and prefer Turkey," he also said.

TURKISH HOTELS IN BEST HOTELS LIST OF THOMAS COOK
In Ankara, Thomas Cook, one of giant tour operators in the world, included two Turkish hotels in its list of top ten hotels in the world. Trendy Hotels Aspendos Beach and Hotel Paradise Side Beach in the Mediterranean province of Antalya received best hotel awards of Thomas Cook.

The tour operator chose five-star Erlebnishotel Colesseo in Germany as the best hotel in the world. Trendy Hotels Aspendos Beach is the second best hotel in the world, and Beach Resort in Greece is the third.

Hotel Paradise Side Beach of Turkey is at the list of the top ten hotels. Paloma Hotels Grida Village, Paloma Hotels Side Beach, Paloma Perissia, Royal Wings, Kumkoy Beach, Alba Resort and Club Voyage Sorgun Select are the other Turkish hotels in the best 100 hotels in the world list of Thomas Cook.

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