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Major chain to open two new hotels in Bursa, Turkey

Starwood Hotels & Resorts have just signed an agreement with Faik Celik Turizm to develop two new hotels in Bursa under the Sheraton and Aloft brands. They are expected to open in 2013 and are located in a rapidly developing residential and business area adjacent to the upcoming football stadium...

Posted on 10 February 2011

Turkey Negotiating on Free Trade with the Ukraine

This week saw Turkey commence negotiations on a free-trade agreement with the Ukraine. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met his opposite number in Kiev January 25th, to discuss free-trade and other ways of increasing ties including the potential for visa-free travel. In the last 18-24 months Turkey has increased...

Posted on 27 January 2011

Turkish Budget Deficit Shrank 24.9% in 2010

Turkish finance minister Mehmet Simsek has announced that the budget deficit dropped by 24.9% in 2010. Turkey’s continued good news on the economic front continues to increase the likelihood that it will be bumped up to investment grade status this year. The announcement, coming as it does amidst an EU...

Posted on 20 January 2011

Turkish Airlines Now Fourth Largest Carrier in Europe

This year Turkey has been named as the number one hottest investment destination by Write About Property and the number one tourism destination by Homes Overseas. To add to this list of accolades: Turkish Airlines is now the fourth largest flagship airline in Europe after Lufthansa, Air France and British...

Posted on 06 January 2011

Inflation Hits 41 Year Low as Economy Grows 6.4%

Turkish inflation fell to 6.4% in 2010, a 41 year low. While the fact that 2010 total GDP growth matched that figure is brilliant, it is most likely that history will reflect on the inflation as the most important achievement in Turkey's economic development. History will remember the 2001 financial...

Posted on 04 January 2011

Turkish Property Boom Finally Hears the B Word

Well it finally happened, the word bubble was mentioned in relation to the Turkish property boom, but no, we aren't going to argue against it. This is because caution over whether the boom is a bubble has led to banking regulator the BRSA capping the maximum loan to value at...

Posted on 30 December 2010

Turkish Central Bank Cuts Rate Further

The Turkish Central Bank has again cut its rates as inflation continues to slow in the rapidly growing economy. The bank said in an emailed statement that it was reducing its one week repo lending rate by 0.5 percentage points, bringing it to a record low. Recently the banks Deputy...

Posted on 17 December 2010

Turkey: the Fastest Growing Economy in Europe Growing Beyond Expectations

Ali Babacan, the Turkish Minister for the Economy has said that the massive increase in the industrial production index for October means that the government's economic growth forecast for 2010 must be revised upwards. "Industrial output increased by 9.8 percent in October. The recovery in Turkish industry started in October...

Posted on 10 December 2010

Ankara Leaves Property Tax Value Unchanged, Calls on Poland’s Support for EU Bid

Turkish property owners or those currently purchasing a property in Turkey will be glad to hear that the government has decided not to increase the value it holds on their property for taxation purchases, and so the rate at which they pay tax against the property will not go up...

Posted on 09 December 2010

Investor Confidence in Turkey Back to 2007 Levels

According to the Deloitte "Private Equity Confidence Survey," or PECS, investors have the same level of confidence in Turkey as they did in 2007 before the international financial crisis first reared its ugly head. The PECS report is based on the results of a huge survey asking the views of...

Posted on 02 December 2010