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Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - COVER STORY -

for new, for­eign ad­ven­tures, Aus­tralians have turned to the Mid­dle East, with a 121 per cent rise in trav­ellers to the re­gion this year, ac­cord­ing to In­trepid fig­ures.

Turkey is tak­ing a large slice of the tourism pie, with a 132 per cent in­crease in Aussies trav­el­ling to the coun­try in Septem­ber 2018 com­pared to the same time last year.

“For a long time, Turkey was our num­ber one des­ti­na­tion, and for good rea­son,” says In­trepid’s Brett Mitchell. “Is­tan­bul has a buzz like nowhere else I have vis­ited, the sig­nif­i­cance of Gal­lipoli makes it an im­por­tant site for Aus­tralian trav­ellers, while tak­ing a hot-air

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