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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...

Posted on 08 July 2014

Michelin-star Italian chef brings fine dining to Istanbul

Istanbul’s appeal to wealthy jet-setters and homeowners who enjoy eating out has just shot up, after Ristorante ltalia, a contemporary Italian fine dining restaurant inside Istanbul’s new Eataly, was opened by world renown chef Massimo Bottura at the end of May. Massimo Bottura is the highly regarded chef-patron of the...

Posted on 03 June 2014

Celebrated hotel chain honours Istanbul with new opening

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, Raffles, is coming to Istanbul, applauding the city as “a rising star of global tourism” and Turkey as “a rising star of the global economy”. Raffles Istanbul will open on 1st September 2014 in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new...

Posted on 01 May 2014

Why Gulf investors hold the key to future growth in Istanbul

Demand for luxury residences in upmarket districts of Istanbul continues to rise, fuelled by buyers from the Middle East who are also attracted by investment opportunities presented by developments in the city’s growing suburbs, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. In March 2014 alone, foreigners bought...

Posted on 25 April 2014

Istanbul crowned world’s best destination by global travellers

Istanbul has been voted the best place to visit in the world in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations, organised by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the country’s cultural capital and embraces both its European and Asian roots as the...

Posted on 17 April 2014

Istanbul awaydays – the Princes’ Islands

The air is heavy with the sweet scent of pine resin, mingling harmoniously with the fragrant odours of Mediterranean shrubs and herbs. The desultory drone of a few early-rising honey bees, the clip-clop of a horse’s hooves in the distance and the soft slop of waves breaking gently against the...

Posted on 19 March 2014

Istanbul’s Big Breakfast Experience

Istanbulites don’t need online men’s lifestyle magazine Thrillist (www.thrillist.com) to tell them that the Turkish breakfast is one of the world’s best. In fact most would, with justification, take issue with being silver-medalist to Venezuela’s gold. Fat, succulent olives picked in Aegean groves, piquant garlic sausage from the heart of...

Posted on 05 March 2014

Istanbul’s British Connections

Many of the ten million or so visitors Istanbul attracts annually are lured by its long, exotic past. The soaring, mosaic-encrusted dome of the Haghia Sophia, surmounting what was once the greatest church in Christendom, is a reminder of a time when the city was the heart of the Byzantine...

Posted on 19 February 2014

Istanbul: A brief tale of many cities

Watching the visually stunning “Byzantium: A Tale of Three Cities”, first screened on BBC 4 towards the end of 2013, makes for a better introduction than most to one of the world’s most compelling cities, Istanbul. Its presenter, the erudite historian and writer Simon Sebag Montefiore, is an engaging companion,...

Posted on 21 January 2014

Why Turkey’s MINTy taste makes it an emerging economic powerhouse

Turkey has been named one of four emerging economic giants in the world by a leading economist at investment bank Goldman Sachs, boosting its appeal to foreign property investors during 2014. Economist Jim O’Neill, who created the BRIC acronym which in 2001 identified Brazil, Russia, India and China as the world’s...

Posted on 06 January 2014

Turkey gets the thumbs up from a Hollywood superstar

Giant of the Hollywood blockbuster Russell Crowe, who starred in the movie Gladiator, has been in Turkey confirming arrangements for the filming of his next film and whilst there he revealed how much he liked the country. In his film, Crowe will bring to the big screen the story of...

Posted on 25 October 2013

Istanbul district sets example in modern-day living by offering free Wi-Fi

Surfing the internet and checking emails just got free and easy for residents or visitors in the Istanbul district of Kadikoy, after free Wi-Fi was launched in the streets there on September 30th. The Mayor of Kadikoy decided to introduce high quality Wi-Fi hot spots after locals in his district expressed...

Posted on 30 September 2013

Turkish football club signs record sponsorship deal with UK brand Vodafone

Istanbul football club Beşiktaş announced in August that it has signed a $145-million deal with British telecommunications group Vodafone, making it the country’s biggest ever sponsorship deal. The deal includes shirt sponsorship for five years and sponsorship of the new Beşiktaş stadium, expected to be completed next year and named...

Posted on 30 August 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

Istanbul Start-Ups Starting to Hot Up

New data from the Istanbul chamber of commerce shows an impressive 18% growth in the first four months of this year. According to the report some 18,185 newly-established companies registered with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO)   during the period. Meanwhile business shut-downs were also down by 13.41 percent over...

Posted on 07 May 2013

Turkish Air Travel Industry Flying Ahead

If you are looking for proof that Turkey is becoming a dominant force in international air-travel, tourism and therefore property investment then you really want to look at the latest news from  Anna.Aero. The website has reported several pieces of positive news for the Turkish travel industry. Crowned route of...

Posted on 05 April 2013

Istanbul Playing to its Strengths in Olympic Bid Slogan

Bridge Together. That is Istanbul's slogan for its 2020 Olympic bid.  According to experts the slogan is aimed at highlighting the city's unique geographic location straddling Europe and Asia. Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kılıç revealed the slogan yesterday, which was day-two of a four-day assessment of Istanbul's bid by the International...

Posted on 27 March 2013

Istanbul’s Ancient City Walls May Be Restored as Tourist Draw

Istanbul's ancient city walls were first built by Constantine the great, and were originally 26 km long, but today just 7 km remain. In the past these walls haven't been adequately maintained, and now need protection quite urgently. It's thought if they were properly restored they could prove to be...

Posted on 14 February 2013

Istanbul’s New Airport to Be Built on Old Coal Mines

It was recently announced during a parliamentary session on next year's budget that Istanbul's new airport, which will be the city's third, will be built in northern Istanbul. According to the transport minister, Binali Yildrm, it is to be constructed on top of old coal mines that will be filled...

Posted on 23 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