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

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...

Posted on 29 November 2013

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

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...

Posted on 26 November 2013

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

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...

Posted on 22 November 2013

Turkey talks shop – demand for shopping space there now one of Europe’s highest

Highlighting Turkey’s growing middle class and its appetite for a consumer lifestyle, the country completed the second largest amount of new shopping space anywhere in Europe during the first half of 2013. The number one spot was taken by Russia. A report by international property consultancy Cushman Wakefield also showed that...

Posted on 19 November 2013

Turkey’s foreign ownership laws get even friendlier in 2013, signalling a bumper 2014

A raft of new rules governing property ownership in Turkey have made the country increasingly attractive to foreigners in 2013, laying the foundations for continued growth in the property market there in 2014, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in November. Turkey’s most recent law change favouring foreign...

Posted on 18 November 2013

Spot Blue appears in Telegraph article about Istanbul tunnel

A recent article by the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, which outlines how the new Marmaray rail tunnel in Istanbul will attract more foreign businesses, features Spot Blue and includes quotes by Director Julian Walker, illustrating the firm’s increasing prominence in the region. In the article, Mr Walker says: “In...

Posted on 11 November 2013

Economic growth in Turkey predicted to be double that of other OECD nations

Turkey will see average annual growth of 5.2 per cent between 2012 and 2017, while other OECD members are forecast to grow at 2.4 per cent for the same period, President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), Ilker Ayci, stated recently. Ayci added that Turkey is the...

Posted on 04 November 2013

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

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...

Posted on 29 October 2013

Foreign investors in Turkish property predicted to be worth $3 billion during 2013

Property sales in Turkey were up 78.7 per cent in the first half of 2013 compared to last year, a member of Turkey’s Real Estate Investment Trust Association (GYODER) said in October. According to the Anadolu news agency, Isil Gokkaya of GYODER added that Turkey’s new law that has opened...

Posted on 28 October 2013

Turkey gets the thumbs up from a Hollywood superstar

Giant of the Hollywood blockbuster Russell Crowe, who starred in the movie Gladiator, has been in Turkey confirming arrangements for the filming of his next film and whilst there he revealed how much he liked the country. In his film, Crowe will bring to the big screen the story of...

Posted on 25 October 2013