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Survey confirms Turkey as best value for money holiday destination

It’s no secret that Turkey can match any other holiday destination for sunshine, fun, beaches and culture, but according to a recent survey by the UK Post Office, it’s actually a cut above anywhere else when it comes to value for money. With an 87 per cent positive rating, Turkey...

Posted on 13 May 2014

Five hot spots benefiting from Turkey’s bumper year for rentals

Turkey’s surging tourist numbers together with its weak currency are creating exciting opportunities for rentals during 2014, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in May, adding that the number of foreign visitors to Turkey in 2013 increased 9.84 per cent year-on-year to 34.9 million. Homeowners in Turkish resorts who...

Posted on 09 May 2014

Istanbul Ataturk on course to becoming Europe’s third busiest airport?

Istanbul Ataturk is now ranked the world’s 18th busiest airport, after experiencing a 13.6 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of passengers that passed through during 2013. Statistics from the Airports Council International (ACI) also showed that Istanbul Ataturk is now the fifth busiest airport in Europe, carrying just...

Posted on 06 May 2014

Celebrated hotel chain honours Istanbul with new opening

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, Raffles, is coming to Istanbul, applauding the city as “a rising star of global tourism” and Turkey as “a rising star of the global economy”. Raffles Istanbul will open on 1st September 2014 in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new...

Posted on 01 May 2014

World focus on Turkey steps up a gear as it hosts 50th cycle tour event

Turkey’s picturesque coastline is in the global sporting spotlight this month, after the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, which sees the world’s elite cyclists race from Alanya to Istanbul, kicked off on Sunday, 27th April. And after day 2, the race leader is British champion Mark Cavendish. The eight-stage...

Posted on 29 April 2014

Why Gulf investors hold the key to future growth in Istanbul

Demand for luxury residences in upmarket districts of Istanbul continues to rise, fuelled by buyers from the Middle East who are also attracted by investment opportunities presented by developments in the city’s growing suburbs, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. In March 2014 alone, foreigners bought...

Posted on 25 April 2014

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

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 www.evisa.gov.tr since 11th April, is aimed at cutting the queues at airports...

Posted on 23 April 2014

Istanbul crowned world’s best destination by global travellers

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...

Posted on 17 April 2014

Five reasons Erdogan’s re-election could help Turkey reach new heights

The re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party in Turkey has been welcomed by foreign investors, and should help to maintain healthy conditions for growth in the country’s real estate and tourism sector, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. “Continuity is important...

Posted on 04 April 2014

Turkey re-elects Erdogan and sees positive economic signs

The Turkish nation has re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its prime minister, after his AKP party scored a resounding victory in the country’s local elections on Sunday. Erdogan’s return to power is deemed by many as a positive step towards continuing the country’s strong economic development, thanks to his ambitious...

Posted on 01 April 2014