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Turkish Tourism Going from Strength to Strength… to Strength

Turkey's tourism industry is still performing strongly in spite of the continuing global economic downturn as the country is now ranked in the top 10 most visited countries by the UN World Tourism Organization. It is the sixth most visited country in the world, and is especially popular with visitors...

Posted on 15 November 2012

Istanbul’s New Banking Centre Project May Be Worth $2.6 Billion

If it goes ahead then Istanbul's new finance centre could one day become a hub capable of rivaling any other Middle Eastern banking hub. The project is predicted to cost $2.6 billion, making it the largest non-transportation project ever undertaken in the country. It's just one of a number of...

Posted on 09 November 2012

Turkey Gets Its Investment Grade Status

Turkey is has finally got the investment grade rating it has strove for for so long, as Fitch upgraded the country to the investment grade rating of BBB-. Analysts are split as to what the effects of the upgrade will be. Some suggest, as has long been the consolation, that...

Posted on 07 November 2012

Istanbul Construction Boom Shows Growing Prowess of the City

The city of Istanbul is booming, as construction sites are springing up all over the place. One such project is the Zorlu Centre, a $2.5 billion site that includes luxury boutiques and a Raffles Hotel. Almost half of the 1.5 million Dollar-a-piece apartments have already been snapped up by wealthy...

Posted on 02 November 2012

Turkish Trade Deficit Sees Big Decrease, Other News

The foreign trade deficit is known to be one of Turkey's few remaining economic problems. However, according to the latest data the foreign trade deficit shrank by almost 35% on the year in September. The figures, from Turkstat show that a 21% increase to $13 billion in exports, combined with...

Posted on 01 November 2012

Turkey Set To Expand Its Pharmaceutical Business

The Turkish pharmaceutical industry is expected to expand substantially during the next few years, and sales of drugs could reach $23.3 billion by 2023, up from just $5 billion in 2011. These figures come from a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers which was commissioned by the pharmaceutical industry, but are based...

Posted on 26 October 2012

Turkey’s Eastern Provinces Gain $6 Billion in Investment

The eastern provinces in Turkey have managed to secure $6 billion in investment during the past four months, thanks to the government’s industrial incentives program, according to a report from the Science, Industry and Technology Ministry. The government plan has divided the country into six regions, giving the least developed...

Posted on 19 October 2012

Turkish Exports Continue to Grow Strongly in September

At 11.4 billion USD Turkish exports increased by 7.4% year on year in September. The year-to-date performance is even more impressive, with 111.4 billion USD taking us up 12.1% compared to the same period in 2011. Par for the current course automotive exports remained at the top of the tree...

Posted on 18 October 2012

Turkey to Clear IMF Debt by April 2013

Turkey is to clear its remaining debt to the IMF by April 2013 according to Prime Minister Erdogan in a statement made last week. “At the present we owe a total of $1.3 billion to the IMF and we will cut it to zero by next April,” Prime Minister Recep...

Posted on 04 October 2012

Turkey Continues Global Outreach with New Gambia Agreement

One of the things I love most about the Turkish government's economic management is the fact that it never rests on its laurels. When Turkey reached visa-free deals with several Arab states just before the Arab spring eradicated much of its competition for Arab tourism it seemed as though Erdogan...

Posted on 28 September 2012