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Turkish investment delegation targets the world’s largest economy – the US

  Turkey’s on-going efforts to attract foreign investors took the country’s Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) to US capital Washington this month, where ISPAT President, Ilker Ayci, confirmed strong interest from US investors in opportunities in Istanbul and broader Turkey. Said Ayci: “These meetings proved that US...

Posted on 18 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

One of the world’s top 30 banks setting up shop in Turkey

Dutch giant of the banking world Rabobank, ranked the world’s 26th largest bank, has announced plans this month to open offices in Turkey, saying it sees the country as a growing opportunity. The first Rabobank office will be in Istanbul and focus on the commercial sector, initially planning to provide...

Posted on 19 September 2013

Turkey’s property market outperforming the rest of Europe!

Property investors have seen better returns in Turkey than anywhere else in Europe, in terms of capital appreciation, over the past year, after the latest Knight Frank Global House Price Index showed house prices there rose 12.2 per cent year-on-year to the end of Q2 2013. Turkey’s rate of house...

Posted on 13 September 2013

Turkey in the top 50 most competitive economies in the world

Turkey is ranked 44th in the latest 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI), a table produced by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which assesses 148 economies around the world on their level of productivity according to each country’s institutions, policies and condition of their economy. This represented a fall of one...

Posted on 06 September 2013

Turkey and olives – a recipe for success!

Olives and the oil that comes from them are one of the highlights of life in the Mediterranean, with different countries, including Turkey, claiming to produce the best. However, one thing that is indisputable right now is the rising number of people around the world who now consume Turkish olive...

Posted on 05 September 2013

Leading fashion brand coming to Turkey’s High Street by end of 2013

Shoppers in Turkey will soon have the chance to look as fashionable as their European neighbours, thanks to plans announced this month for the opening of Superdry stores there. The news comes after UK based SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, signed a five-year exclusive franchise agreement with Turkish firm...

Posted on 27 August 2013

Weaker Lira and rate rise means more spending money for expats

Expats living off the interest paid on savings in their local Turkish bank can enjoy an extra meal out each week, after Turkey’s central bank raised interest rates for the first time since October 2011. It’s not uncommon for resident Brits to deposit lump sums in a high interest Turkish...

Posted on 23 August 2013

Turkey Set to Become Top Economy in OECD

According to the latest predictions of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Turkey is set to post the second highest GDP growth in the organisation next year, it said in its "Employment Outlook 2013" report. In the report Turkey was named as one of the few countries that...

Posted on 24 July 2013

Ford to Complete Move From UK to Turkey

Ford Motors, one of the world's largest car manufacturers is closing up its operations in Britain and moving completely over to Turkey. After recently closing its 40 year old plan in Southampton the firm is now set to do the same in Dagenham beforing moving the operation across to its...

Posted on 19 July 2013

Emerging Turkey: Rising Oil Demand Fuels European Refineries

Turkey and its emerging market counterparts are keeping refineries open across the Mediterranean's developed nations according to the International Energy Agency's monthly oil report. The report says that growing demand from Turkey and North African nations is directly responsible for refineries in Italy and Spain's ability to stay in business....

Posted on 12 July 2013

Turkish Exports Up 2.5% in First Half

According to the latest export data, Turkey sold products worth USD 74.66 billion in the first half of this year. This represents a growth of 2.5 percent compared to a year ago, the figures from the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) show. This sends positive signals for year-end goals according to...

Posted on 03 July 2013

Turkey Plans Continued Economic Surge

A draft for Turkey's 10th 5-year economic development plan has been sent to Parliament. According to the plan Turkey will reach an annual growth rate of 5.5%, have a 4.5% inflation rate, and a 7.2% unemployment rate by the end of 2018. The Ministry of Development plans to meet the...

Posted on 18 June 2013

Investors Cautiously Optimistic Around Turkish Social Movement

The growing "social movement" in Turkey is not a major cause of concern for investors according to a senior member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association. In a telephone interview with Hurriyet Bahadır Kaleağası, an international coordinator with the body said the international investors had noticed the differences between...

Posted on 15 June 2013

Istanbul Ranks as Top Global Tourist Spot

Istanbul has scored big once again in Mastercard’s Index of Global Destination Cities, securing itself the 6th spot among 132 cities ranked in terms of international visitor arrivals and spending. The survey predicted that Istanbul would welcome 10.4 million international visitors this year, putting it in front of Dubai, Hong...

Posted on 06 June 2013

Turkey’s Economic Prowess Brings Surge in Hotel Chain Investments

Turkey’s string of economic achievements, crowned by going from debtor to contributor with the IMF and a series of “investment grade” ratings -- Moody’s Investors Service, Japan Credit Rating Agency and Dominion Bond Rating Service all upped Turkey to investment grade recently on top of Fitch, which did so earlier...

Posted on 05 June 2013

Turkish Tourism Growth Boosted by Transport Investments

Speaking at the Turkey and Neighbors Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC), a player in the tourism sector has said that the sector is being boosted to 300% annual growth and beyond thanks to giant transportation and urban renewal plans. The huge cost and huge effort spent on transportation and infrastructure projects...

Posted on 31 May 2013

Hilton Continually Expanding in Turkey

Hilton Worldwide, which is already the largest hotel company in Turkey has announced the addition of 3 new hotels in the country, taking Hilton's Turkish operation to over 10,000 rooms in operation and under development according to the release. “Our plan is to continue to grow the portfolio. We have...

Posted on 30 May 2013

Exchange rate stability makes life more comfortable for Brits in Turkey

Expats who rely on income from the UK have been better off in Turkey than those living in Spain, France or any other Eurozone country, thanks to the Turkish lira being more stable than the Euro since the credit crisis of 2008 – a trend likely to continue in the...

Posted on 22 May 2013

Turkey Pays Off IMF Debt, Becomes Contributor

After paying down debt rapidly for several years, this week saw Turkey enter a debt-free relationship with the IMF after 19 years as a debtor. It made for big news in 2008 when Turkey failed to enter a new standby agreement with the IMF signalling its confidence and desire to...

Posted on 16 May 2013