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Bodrum Region of Turkey: Property Buyers Guide

The Bodrum region of Turkey, sitting on the west coast is a popular destination for foreign property buyers. Having long promoted a hedonistic lifestyle, it attracts all levels of society from budget buyers to world-renowned millionaires. It has an extensive portfolio from one-bedroom apartments to 8-bedroom villas with private pools,...

Posted on 16 October 2018

Luxury Halal Tourism Attracts Jet Setting Muslims in Record Numbers

Jet-setting Muslims are driving a new trend for luxury halal holidays like skiing and cruising, and Turkey, one of the top preferred countries is set to cash in. Ufuk Secgin, CMO of halalbooking.com, the number one travel website for Muslims made the comments published in the Arabian Business Magazine. Reflecting...

Posted on 09 October 2018

Istanbul New Airport Gears Up for An Official Opening

As Istanbul New Airport gears up for its grand opening, all eyes are upon Turkey to see just what they have pulled off. Without a doubt, it is the country’s biggest and most expensive landmark ever built. Spearheading Turkey’s list of mega projects, when complete in 2023, it will be...

Posted on 02 October 2018

Foreign House Sales in Turkey Double Amid Lucrative Incentives

In August 2018, foreign house sales in Turkey reached a record total of 3,866 apartments and villas. The final stats released by TURK STAT (Turkish Statistical institution) are double the number of sales for the same month in 2017, which was 1.684 units. Interest in Turkish real estate sharply increased...

Posted on 25 September 2018

Turkish Citizenship by Property Investment Just Got Cheaper: Now $250,000

An announcement in the official Gazette of Turkey reports revised changes for gaining Turkish citizenship by investment. Financial criteria has been massively reduced in an aim to attract more foreign investment into the country. Previously the required financial outlay for gaining citizenship through real estate acquisition was 1 million USD....

Posted on 19 September 2018

Turkish Airports Served 140 Million Passengers in First 8 Months of 2018

Data released by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority reveal Turkish airports handled 140 million passengers from January to August 2018 of which 45.7% of trips were on flights to and from other countries.  Including international and domestic flights, this was an increase of 12.7% year-on-year. The stats are...

Posted on 13 September 2018

Real estate in Antalya: Introduction Guide for Property Buyers

The Antalya province of Turkey, a marvellous collection of a bustling city centre, and smaller coastal resorts always surprises newcomers, both foreigners and Turks alike. Backed by the green Taurus mountain range and fronted by sandy beaches and the crystal blue Mediterranean Sea, it is the second most popular holiday...

Posted on 09 September 2018

Regions of Turkey: Seven Geographical Areas Showcasing its Diversity

Whether you plan to just travel, or buy property and live here, the seven geographical regions of Turkey are a perfect introduction to the country’s diversity. The world stereotypes the country, yet it cannot be labelled, nor packaged into a tidy cliché, and for good reasons. A quick look at...

Posted on 05 September 2018

Turkish Lira Crisis Boosts Foreign Tourism to All-Time High

Over 2018 as the Turkish lira edged into an official economic crisis, many wondered how this would affect business in Turkey, but one sector gaining from the disaster is foreign tourism. Since January 2018, the lira has depreciated by a staggering 46%, and in August briefly touched 9 lira to...

Posted on 02 September 2018

About Bodrum: Three Fun Facts to Know

Any personal quest to learn about Bodrum reveals quirky and interesting facts that make it more appealing than ever before. Unravelling complex layers of misunderstood beliefs gets to the spiritual essence that locals are proud of. It’s not an overstatement to say everyone falls in love with Bodrum. Turks adore...

Posted on 28 August 2018

Turkish Airlines Breaks Daily Passenger Record

Turkish Airlines have announced they broke their own record on Saturday the 18th of August by carrying 253,000 passengers on 1,547 flights to destinations all over the world. Achieving a 75% on-time departure rate, this breaks the company’s earlier record of daily passenger numbers. Part of the record was 6000...

Posted on 26 August 2018

Chinese Tourism in Turkey Reports Record Numbers

Anadolu News Agency is reporting record figures for Chinese tourism in Turkey. During the first half of 2018, 191,000 Chinese tourists came to Turkey, an increase year-on-year of 91%. The growth has been credited towards China’s promotion for the country in a targetted “2018 The Year of Turkish Tourism” campaign....

Posted on 24 August 2018

Bupa Set to Acquire Turkey’s Second Largest Health Insurer

In an announcement on their website, Bupa confirmed they set to acquire Acibadem Sigorta, Turkey’s second largest health insurer. Although the acquisition is still awaiting regulatory approval, the CEO of Bupa International said… “We’re delighted to announce Bupa’s agreement to acquire Acıbadem Sigorta. Its impressive growth, first-class management team and...

Posted on 21 August 2018

Turkish Hotels Report 100% Occupancy for Kurban Bayram

Turkish hotels in main touristic areas of Turkey have warned holidaymakers without reservations, they will be disappointed because most hotels are running at 100% occupancy rates. Asking them to pre-book before they arrive, the request comes as Turkey enters the annual religious Kurban Bayram holiday. The official holiday runs from...

Posted on 19 August 2018

Yalikavak Guide : The Gem of Bodrum

Any good Yalikavak guide should start with paying homage to its transformation from a nonentity to Turkey’s star performer. Throughout history, locals relied on sponge diving and fishing for an income, but around the 1980s, mainstream package tourism appeared in Turkey. Yalikavak embraced it with open arms and enjoyed an...

Posted on 14 August 2018

Tourism in Antalya Boosted by Brits Getting Value for Money

While Turkey’s tourism industry has rebounded in 2018, domestic and foreign newspapers say Brits taking advantage of the all-time low Turkish lira, and low prices,  are boosting tourism in Antalya. Travel Agency and Airline Thomas Cook confirmed Antalya has now overtaken Palma De Mallorca as their most popular destination, with...

Posted on 11 August 2018

Excellent Reasons to Buy Property in Kalkan

Potential buyers looking for reasons to buy property in Kalkan will not be short of answers. This small, coastal resort delivers everything and anything in bucket loads, explaining why it is a favoured destination for many but in particular, Brits as revealed in a 2012 survey that said 96% of...

Posted on 09 August 2018

Why Property in Gumusluk Easily Attracts Buyers

During the first half of 2018, the Turkish real estate market showed mass improvement with an increase in foreign buyers, and one sector garnering immense interest of many nationalities is property in Gumusluk. Sitting on the western Bodrum peninsula, the small village lays off the beaten track and is often...

Posted on 06 August 2018

Buying Property in Alanya: A Market Overview

As Turkey grows its tourism and foreign real estate market, many people are thinking of buying property in Alanya on the Mediterranean coast. Indeed, various nationalities including Brits, Russians, Europeans and Middle-Eastern, already own homes there and use them either for holidays, buy-to-let rental or for permanent living as expats....

Posted on 02 August 2018

Foreign Buyers of Turkish Real Estate Continue to Grow in Numbers

In the first six months of 2018, foreign buyers of Turkish real estate increased by 23% year-on-year, showing the country is still a popular overseas destination for property investors. Attracted by low prices and the current exchange rate working in their favour, nearly 12,000 houses were sold across the country...

Posted on 29 July 2018