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Category Archives: Turkey

Holidaymakers and homeowners now have a faster way to get a Turkish visa

Date: April 23, 2014 | Written By Richard

Travelling to Turkey just got easier, thanks to the new e-visa system, which enables visitors to the country to obtain their visas on-line prior to touching down in Turkey, going live this month. The new e-visa, available at since 11th April, is aimed at cutting the queues at airports and making travelling easier for […]

Istanbul crowned world’s best destination by global travellers

Date: April 17, 2014 | Written By Richard

Istanbul has been voted the best place to visit in the world in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations, organised by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the country’s cultural capital and embraces both its European and Asian roots as the country bridges the two continents. […]

Why Istanbul’s Beylikduzu district is a hit with Turkish and foreign investors

Date: March 18, 2014 | Written By Richard

Demand for property in one of Istanbul’s most desirable districts, Beylikduzu, is expected to grow during 2014, as more investors discover what this exciting area on the city’s European side has to offer. Together with the nearby Atakoy Marina district, luxury new developments in Beylikduzu are attracting an increasing number of upper-middle class Turks, as […]

Turkey’s currency “undervalued” and could strengthen in 2014, says international bank

Date: November 29, 2013 | Written By Richard

Turkey’s currency is undervalued and in line to strengthen in 2014 when the country’s economy will continue to outperform the rest of Europe, said a leading international finance house in Istanbul in November. Societe Generale (SocGen) told Bloomberg this month that investors should buy the lira against the euro as Turkey offers some of the […]

New air routes connect Istanbul with North American and North African continents

Date: November 26, 2013 | Written By Richard

Turkey’s aim to become one of the best connected countries by air globally continues to take shape, with the announcement and launch this month of new routes to Canada and Algeria. Turkish Airlines will begin operating out of Canada’s Montréal-Trudeau airport in June 2014. A Star Alliance member, Turkey’s national carrier will offer three regular […]

World Bank President labels Turkey an “inspiration” and opens Islamic finance hub in Istanbul

Date: November 22, 2013 | Written By Richard

Turkey has taken a step closer to becoming an important player on the global economic stage, following the opening of the Global Center for Islamic Finance in Istanbul on 30th October by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Jim Yong Kim was accompanied by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan at the opening, which […]

New railway tunnel promises to make Istanbul an East-West trading hub

Date: October 29, 2013 | Written By Richard

A new railway tunnel linking the European and Asian sides of Istanbul opened on 29th October, with hopes it will make Istanbul a convenient trading route between Western Europe and South-east Asia, including China, in essence a modern-day Silk Road. The 1.4-kilometre tunnel, which runs under the Bosphorus Strait and is designed to withstand earthquakes, […]

Turkey’s European Union membership back on the agenda in Brussels

Date: October 22, 2013 | Written By Richard

Turkey could be about to take a step closer to joining the European Union (EU), after the EU Council confirmed that next month it will resume talks with Turkey about its membership of the 28-nation EU bloc, following a three-year break from discussions. Recent talks on Turkey’s membership were postponed in June, on account of […]

The £170K question: where would you invest in property, Turkey or the UK?

Date: September 27, 2013 | Written By Richard

One is an exciting emerging economy that bridges the gap between East and West, and the other is an established Western market, ut one thing both Turkey and the UK share right now are bullish property markets. Turkey ranked sixth in the latest Knight Frank Global House Price Index, recording a rise in mainstream residential […]

Travel firm TUI confirms Turkey as number one summer holiday destination

Date: September 20, 2013 | Written By Richard

Holiday bookings to Turkey during the summer season of 2013 were up 8.1 per cent compared to last year, more than any other short-haul destination – somewhere with a flight-time of less than four hours, said global travel firm TUI, which owns the Thomson brand, this month. Spain’s Balearic Islands saw the second highest increase […]

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