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What is Turkey’s Turquoise Card System?

Turkey’s Turquoise Card is a point-based application system aimed at attracting highly skilled foreigners and high-level investors to Turkey with the right to work and live in the country indefinitely. Many have said it is Turkey’s equivalent to the USA green card system. Called Turkuaz Kart in Turkish, it was...

Posted on 21 November 2017

The Russians are Back in Turkey

For many decades, Russians were the top nationality of Turkey’s tourism industry, flocking particularly to the Mediterranean region of Antalya. Likewise, when Turkey opened its real estate market to foreigners, Russians flocked to buy apartments and villas, and many of them become expats enjoying the carefree lifestyle and ideal weather...

Posted on 16 November 2017

Plans Unveiled for New Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square

This week, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled plans for the new Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square, Istanbul. The old Ataturk Cultural Centre that many officials said was ugly and unsafe will be demolished, and work will begin on the new building with plans for it to open...

Posted on 14 November 2017

Four Cities in Turkey Listed on the Top 100 Most Visited

On November the 7th, at the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor International unveiled the top 100 most visited cities in the world and four Turkish cities; Istanbul, Antalya, Edirne and Artvin appeared on the list. Detailing the importance of their research, Euromonitor said cities are at the forefront of...

Posted on 10 November 2017

Three Turkish Cities Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

A statement published by UNESCO has confirmed that three more Turkish cities have been added to their Creative Cities Network bringing the total to four. The south-eastern province of Gaziantep was accepted in 2015 and has now been joined by Istanbul, Hatay and Kutahya after their applications submitted in 2016...

Posted on 06 November 2017

Turkish Airlines Open 2017 Enjoys A Successful First Half

The Turkish Airlines Open 2017 will end on the 5th of November, but players and avid spectators are already raving about key events that have dominated the tournament. Despite a promising start by Irishman Padraig Harrington, he fell to 16th place on the 2nd day of the competition. Instead, professional...

Posted on 04 November 2017

Introduction to Istanbul City in Turkey

Every country has its most prominent city and in the case of Turkey, this is Istanbul. Throughout the history of humankind, it has been a pinnacle point of travel, trade, politics and war. Empires have fought each other to gain control of the strategic piece of land. Thankfully these days,...

Posted on 30 October 2017

Turkish Property Sales to Foreigners Rise 75% Year on Year

In a report released this week, Turk Stat, the Turkish Statistical Institution said Turkish property sold to foreigners in September reflected a 75% increase on figures from the same time last year. Across the country, foreigners of various nationalities bought 2,236 homes intended for residential use. Industry experts are excited...

Posted on 26 October 2017

Turkish Airlines Add Another Istanbul Itinerary to Free Layover Tours

A recent announcement by Turkish Airlines unveiled their latest solution for international business travellers on a layover through Istanbul. Anyone flying on a business class ticket who has a layover time of seven hours or more can book a free private Bosphorus cruise, acting as the perfect, organised introduction to...

Posted on 22 October 2017

Marriott Hotels Have Big Plans to Expand in Turkey

Turkish newspapers are reporting a recent announcement by Marriott international hotels to expand their operation in Turkey over the next three years. The announcement was made by the Vice president of Marriott operations during a recent meeting to discuss the success of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Izmir....

Posted on 20 October 2017

Private School in Istanbul Offers Joint Turkish-British Curriculum

The private British International School of Istanbul is focusing on a new curriculum for Turkish students that combines the British education curriculum with the Turkish one. The school that now accommodates more than 40 different nationalities of students has been open for 25 years, and emphasise their small classes have...

Posted on 16 October 2017

The Ambitious Kanal Istanbul Project

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that by late 2017 or early 2018, they will commence with the most ambitious part of the Kanal Istanbul project, an artificial sea-level waterway, that will change the face of the city. Up until now, attention has focused on the choice of...

Posted on 12 October 2017

Istanbul’s Drive to Promote Electric Taxis

Turkey’s news agency Anadolu has reported that by the end of 2017, 200 electric taxis will be working in Istanbul, the largest and busiest city in the country. The announcement, made by Yahya Ugur, who heads the Istanbul Chamber of Taxi Drivers (ITEO) happened at a publicity event in front...

Posted on 10 October 2017

Turkey’s President Meets with Key USA Companies and Investors

During the recent 72nd United Nations meeting in New York, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with key representatives of more than 70 top level USA and global companies. Companies like Boeing, Blackstone, Pepsi and Coca-cola were just a few of the names from various industry sectors including food, energy,...

Posted on 07 October 2017

Turkey Outranks UK on HSBC Expat Explorer Survey

Last month, HSBC released the 2017 results of their annual Expat Explorer Survey and in a surprising twist of events, Turkey outranked the UK has a favoured destination. Rising five positions from 39 in 2016 to 34 in 2017, it overtook the UK which dropped a massive 13 positions from...

Posted on 02 October 2017

How To Buy Property in Turkey

Experts say buying a home is one of the biggest and most important life decisions to make. Not only does it become a financial asset contributing towards your net worth, but it is also a haven, and a place to rest, relax and recharge your batteries, hence the old-fashioned saying...

Posted on 30 September 2017

Antalya Cruise Port Project Will Open for Bids

Antalya on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey is looking to tap into the cruise ship travel industry on a massive scale with a new project to accommodate world class cruise liners. The Antalya Cruise and Yacht Harbour Complex Project has received government approval to move to the next stage of...

Posted on 25 September 2017

Turkish-German Consortium Wins Turkey’s Wind Power Tender

All eyes of the global wind energy sector are now on Turkey after it held an auction that could well revolutionise the country's power industry in future years. A consortium, consisting of German firm Siemens Gamesa and Turkish partners Turkerler and Kalyon, won a tender, put at $1 billion, to...

Posted on 19 September 2017

Bodrum Will Be Home to Europe’s Biggest Tourism City

An announcement this week by Turkish construction giant Agaoglu declared they signed a letter of intent with Chinese investors to build Europe’s biggest tourism city on the Bodrum peninsula. Although plans are yet to be unveiled, the construction company said the 12 million square metre city will attract all year-round...

Posted on 17 September 2017

Proposal to Change Property Investment Levels for Turkish Citizenship

A key change for foreign property buyers in Turkey seeking citizenship could be on the horizon after it was announced that the minimum investment levels could be drastically reduced. Turkey's Interior Ministry has announced a re-think on the issues surrounding the amount of money that real estate investors will need...

Posted on 15 September 2017