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Turkish low-cost carrier launches new flights and connects Russia with Istanbul

A sign of Turkey’s expanding global appeal, on 8th October the country’s expanding budget airline Pegasus launched its first ever service between Istanbul and Moscow. At the same time, the airline also announced a raft of new flights from Brussels, starting next year.By 27th October Pegasus is expected to be...

Posted on 15 October 2013

Deals worth $1.3billion – Istanbul property goes down a storm at Dubai property show

Occupying the largest international pavilion at the Cityscape property exhibition in Dubai this year, Turkey has lived up to expectations of drawing Gulf investors, with one developer on course to net around $1.3billion worth of investment. Turkish developer Agaoglu Group confirmed that the Financial Center in Istanbul has been a...

Posted on 10 October 2013

Spot Blue appears in Turkish property article in leading Middle East magazine

A recent article in leading Middle East news title Gulf News, which outlines the benefits of investing in Turkish property to citizens from Gulf countries, features Spot Blue and includes quotes by Director Julian Walker, illustrating the firm’s increasing prominence in the region.In the article, Mr Walker outlines the highlights of...

Posted on 08 October 2013

Spot Blue’s reputation leads to mention in leading lifestyle magazine in Asia

Spot Blue features in a recent edition of the Asian edition of Tatler magazine, in a feature that names Istanbul as one of the world’s top five investment hot spots for property. In the article, Spot Blue director Julian Walker is quoted as saying that growth in Istanbul’s property market...

Posted on 02 October 2013

Spending power on the Turkish high street fuelling growth in shopping malls

A sign of Turkey’s burgeoning middle class and growing economy, recent statistics show that the retail sector in the country is continuing to flourish and there are now 327 shopping malls in 57 provinces there, employing more than 385,000 people. Turkey’s Shopping Mall Investors’ Association (AYD) also confirmed in October...

Posted on 01 October 2013

Istanbul district sets example in modern-day living by offering free Wi-Fi

Surfing the internet and checking emails just got free and easy for residents or visitors in the Istanbul district of Kadikoy, after free Wi-Fi was launched in the streets there on September 30th. The Mayor of Kadikoy decided to introduce high quality Wi-Fi hot spots after locals in his district expressed...

Posted on 30 September 2013

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

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...

Posted on 27 September 2013

August tourist numbers up in Turkey, as national airline carries even more passengers

Foreign visitor numbers to Turkey were up significanty in August compared to last year, while Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, confirmed this week that the number of passengers it carried from January to August increased 25 per cent year-on-year. A total of 4.95 million foreigners visited Turkey in August, a...

Posted on 24 September 2013

Landmark new shopping centre – with its own Apple Store – a boost for Istanbul

Raising its profile as a city that offers world-class shopping, Istanbul’s landmark Maltepe Park shopping centre reopened in September after a 19-month overhaul with the assistance of global supermarket group Carrefour SA. The transformation of Maltepe Park, located in the city’s Maltepe district on the eastern bank of the Bosphorus,...

Posted on 24 September 2013

Travel firm TUI confirms Turkey as number one summer holiday destination

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...

Posted on 20 September 2013