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Rising number of museums helping to drive up Turkey’s tourist numbers

Turkey’s appeal to tourists now stretches far beyond its beaches, weather and bazaars, with new statistics showing that annual visitors to the country’s museums and historic sites rose by a staggering 428 per cent between 2000 and 2013. According to the Turkey Museums 2013 report by the Association of Turkish...

Posted on 28 July 2014

Demand continues to put upward pressure on Istanbul rents and property prices

Rents in Istanbul have risen by 42 per cent in districts close to the city’s Ataturk Airport, according to recent reports in the Turkish press, which also state property prices there are recording double digit growth per annum. Apartments in Istanbul are said to be in high demand as the...

Posted on 22 July 2014

“Sea views and a fantastic lifestyle every day” – Turkey’s charm wins over another British expat

Waking up to sunshine and sparkling sea views is now a daily treat for Sara Chandler from Essex, who has recently relocated to her apartment on a 5-star complex in Turkey, after successfully purchasing it through property agency Spot Blue International Property.Ms Chandler bought her two-bedroom apartment, located in Tuzla...

Posted on 18 July 2014

Istanbul attracts world’s 7th highest number of international travellers

Istanbul is among the 10 most popular cities in the world, according to Mastercard’s 2014 Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks the world’s most travelled cities by international overnight visitors.The iconic Turkish city came seventh out of 132 cities assessed in the Index, with an estimated 11.6 million visitors during...

Posted on 16 July 2014

Buzzing Istanbul continues to attract leading international hotel brands

Istanbul’s status on the global tourism stage moved up a notch this month, following the opening of an iconic new hotel by one of the world's largest hotel companies, American group Choice Hotels International.Choice’s newly built Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli is located between the Levent and Taksim business...

Posted on 15 July 2014

Turkish economy continues on growth path in 2014-15, according to OECD

Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, according to a statement released by the OECD in July, news that should encourage more foreign investors to the country.The OECD, which conducted a survey about the Turkish economy, said that Turkey’s short-term economic outlook has improved, and that buoyed by...

Posted on 11 July 2014

Istanbul-Ankara high-speed rail link to open in July

A new high-speed rail link connecting the Turkish capital Ankara with the international commercial hub of Istanbul is due to open this month, cutting the journey time between Turkey’s two most important cities to three-and-a-half hours from six.Turkey's Transport Minister Lütfi Elvan has confirmed that the new rail link will...

Posted on 08 July 2014

Turkey swimming in Blue Flag beaches, with third highest number worldwide

Tourists and holiday homeowners looking for pristine beaches and clean water to swim in should have Turkey on their radar, after the country was ranked third out of 51 countries on the 2014 Blue Flag scheme. Turkey now has 387 Blue Flag beaches, putting it ahead of France with 379...

Posted on 04 July 2014

Foreign appetite for a slice of Turkey increasing during 2014

Interest in Turkish property is showing no signs of easing off in 2014, after data from the Turkey’s Ministry of Economy showed a record 42 per cent year-on-year increase in real estate purchases by foreign nationals during the first four months of the year.Foreigners purchased real estate worth $1.26billion in...

Posted on 03 July 2014

Turkey’s ‘Saint Tropez’ – 5 reasons holiday homeowners can count on Kalkan

Carefully controlled development, improving infrastructure and a growing celebrity following are fuelling interest in the upmarket Turkish resort of Kalkan, known as the ‘Saint Tropez’ of Turkey, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in June. Last winter, the cobbled streets of Kalkan’s Old Town were completely restored in keeping...

Posted on 27 June 2014