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Early economic and tourism indicators point to a bounce-back in Turkey

A buoyant property market combined with bullish economy, weak currency and rebounding tourism industry are creating attractive conditions for foreigners who invest in Turkey this year, said Spot Blue International Property in March. Here Spot Blue International Property outlines five key reasons the outlook is positive for homeowners and the...

Posted on 09 March 2018

Turkish Tourism Revenue in 2017 Rebounded By 18.9%

The Turkish Statistical Institution (Turk Stat) has unveiled its latest report showing Turkish tourism revenue in 2017 rebounded by 18.9% year-on-year. Reaching its peak in 2014 with a record-breaking 34 billion USD, it dropped drastically in the following two years after a series of terrorist attacks and a failed coup...

Posted on 04 February 2018

Turkey’s Medium Term Economic Program

In September 2017, Turkey’s Medium Term Economic Program for 2018 to 2020 was unveiled. Prepared every year by law, then approved by the cabinet, and released by the Ministry of Development, it is finally published in the Official Gazette of Turkey. The Medium Term Economic Program is a study of...

Posted on 02 January 2018

Turkish Economy Shows Biggest Growth in the G20

The latest figures released by Turk Stat, the Turkish Statistical Institute revealed that Turkey is the fastest growing G20 economy after it clocked up record figures for the third quarter of 2017. Beating China and India, from July to September, growth came in at 11.1%, the highest double-digit figure recorded...

Posted on 17 December 2017

Turkey Set to Exceed 2017 Export Targets Amid Growth Revision

A statement by the president of the Turkish Exporters Assembly revealed that the Turkish government is optimistic it will surpass 2017 export targets. By November of 2017, exports were showing a 14% increase year on year, netting a total 142.4 billion dollars. The year-end goal is 156.5 billion. Crediting the...

Posted on 03 December 2017

Turkey’s Foreign Trade Statistics for First Half of 2017

A recent report published by the national news agency of Turkey, Anadolu has revealed foreign trade statistics for the first half of 2017. Using information, and data provided by the Turkish Statistical Institution (Turk Stat), the report also compared year on year figures of June 2016 and the same month...

Posted on 10 August 2017

Turkey Set to Confirm Potential Energy Project with Israel

Turkey’s energy minister Berat Albayrak has confirmed that he will visit Israel before the end of 2017 to finalise an ambitious gas line project from Israel to Turkey. The announcement was made at the 22nd World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul that ran from the 9th to the 13th of July....

Posted on 13 July 2017

Turkish citizenship for foreign investors as IAC meeting hailed a success

Foreigners who have invested in Turkey and meet certain conditions could soon be eligible for Turkish citizenship. Under a new scheme announced by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus in November, non-nationals who have made investments of a certain value in property and other fixed assets could become a Turkish...

Posted on 15 November 2016

UK and USA reiterate valued trade partnerships with Turkey

Turkey’s status as a global investment destination received a boost this month, after the country was endorsed by both the UK and USA. The first seal of approval came when British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used his first official visit to the country to underline the strong relationship between the...

Posted on 28 September 2016

Gulf States continue to drive Turkish market, while UK confirms long-term trade commitment

July’s failed coup appears to have done little to dampen long-term foreign interest in Turkey, after representatives from the Turkish Chambers of Commerce in the UK (TBCCI) expressed their on-going confidence in Turkey, while interest from Gulf nations continues to drive the Turkish property market. Chairman of TBCCI, Emma Edhem,...

Posted on 02 September 2016

Resilient Turkish economy is 3rd strongest in G20 and bodes well for investors

Turkey’s economy is outperforming the expectations of international financial institutions and remains one of the fastest growing members of the G20 – news that will be welcomed by foreign investors there in 2016. Data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) released at the end of March showed that of all...

Posted on 18 April 2016

Turkey improves conditions for foreign investment in 2016

Turkey is set to become more appealing to foreign investors in coming months, thanks to reforms announced by the Government that are designed to improve the country’s investment environment. At the same time, new figures from Deloitte Turkey reveal that foreign investors are driving Turkey’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) market....

Posted on 12 January 2016

AKP’s election victory seen as positive for Turkish property market

The result of Turkey’s November 1 election saw the country’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) win back its majority in the Turkish Government and as a result inject confidence into the country’s markets and currency. Instability and uncertainty had prevailed in Turkey after the inconclusive election in June, which saw...

Posted on 02 November 2015

Why buoyant economic conditions will fuel further appetite for Turkish property in 2015

Rising foreign demand, record levels of tourism and healthy economic conditions throughout 2014 mean Turkey should expect further growth in its real estate market in 2015, said Turkish property specialist Spot Blue International Property in November. House sales to foreigners in the first ten months of 2014 increased 66 per...

Posted on 28 November 2014

Strong economic data adds a shine to property investment in Turkey

Downward pressure on Europe’s economies continues to bypass Turkey, after the economy there recorded an encouraging 9.8 per cent year-on-year rise in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first eight months of 2014. According to Ministry of Economy data, FDI in Turkey reached $8.6billion for the January-August period, which saw...

Posted on 04 November 2014

Turkey’s stock exchange gaining stability globally

A sign of Turkey’s strengthening economy, the Istanbul Stock Exchange Market (Borsa Istanbul) is now ranked within the world’s top 20 most sustainable stock exchanges. Based on companies' environmental, social and corporate governance performance, the Sustainable Exchanges Index measures the sustainability of exchanges. The new rankings place the Borsa Istanbul...

Posted on 21 October 2014

IMF predicts continued economic growth in Turkey

Turkey’s economy has grown by six per cent on average since 2010 and is set to continue growing albeit at a moderate pace, according to a report by the International Monetary Fund. An IMF team visited Turkey between September 11 and 24 and carried out its annual evaluation of the...

Posted on 06 October 2014

Turkey rated as a top place in the world to direct foreign investment

Turkey ranks in the top 25 countries worldwide where international business executives are likely to direct foreign investment, according to a recent independent report. The 2014 Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index lists Turkey as 24th,  and shows an increase in confidence in the country’s investment outlook compared to 2013....

Posted on 23 September 2014

Istanbul’s commercial property sector remains attractive in 2014

Long-term economic growth prospects in Turkey have been described as ‘bright’ by international property consultancy Cushman Wakefield, which added that the Turkish economy is expected to accelerate in 2015 after a slower 2014. In a recent report on the first half of 2014, Cushman Wakefield also stated that the confidence...

Posted on 16 September 2014

Turkey in the world’s 50 most competitive markets, with rising exports

Turkey is the 45th most competitive market out of the world’s 148 most important economies, according to the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Six European countries dominated the top 10 places of this year’s GCR, namely Switzerland in first place, as well as Finland, Germany,...

Posted on 04 September 2014