Heritage as promotion for Istanbul
11,6 million tourists in 2012 (source mastercard.com), 9 million according to Hurriyet dailynews and ranked third touristic destination in Europe after London and Paris, said Ali Agaoglu, President of the Group Agaoglu (main real estate developer), even if it is hard to get official figures about tourism in Istanbul, we can all be sure that Istanbul is attractive. Eminönü neighbourough is the most well known. It hosts wonders as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Topkapı palace. Their attractiveness shaped Fatih district, also called the « first Istanbul », as a main urbain touristic spot. Few local live in Eminönü.
In 1985, Eminönü area was listed at the UNESCO World Heritage in order to protect sites part of the european history. Called Byzantium during Anitquity, then Constantinople until the early XXth century, it became in March 28th, 1930 « Istanbul » further to the fall of the Ottoman empire. Its amazing heritage shows its past glory. Aiming at upgrading the international image of Istanbul, the current gouvernment strongly determined to use its historic asset as promotion tool of the turkish metropolis.