Turkey’s success in 2010 will encourage a tourist boom over the next 12 months, according to the co-organisers of the upcoming Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC). To be held in Istanbul from 7-9 February, CATHIC will be the region’s first-ever forum to throw the spotlight on the region’s tourism and hospitality investment and development. “Turkey is the new hot-spot for tourism development,” said Jonathan Worsley, chairman of Bench Events, the co-organisers of the event. “The country is vast, varied and interesting - all key contributors to a compelling offer for leisure and destination travellers. However, to support the demand the infrastructure must be swiftly but carefully enhanced. Turkey has a golden opportunity to ‘do it right’ by looking at more mature destinations and considering ‘what not do’.” In 2010, the Turkish tourism sector contributed US$22billion, with foreign arrivals hitting 29 million.