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Celebrity chef Stein to bring the taste of Turkey to Britain’s TV screens

Fans of Turkey and its colourful lifestyle will enjoy a new TV series covering Turkish food and hosted by TV chef Rick Stein, which is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC 2 next year. Turkey’s well known for its beaches, sunshine and exciting culture, and Stein’s new series will help...

Posted on 02 September 2014

Foreign investment up as Turkish economy outshines much of Europe

Foreigners invested $2billion in Turkish property in the first half of 2014, a period that saw a 28 per cent hike in overall foreign direct investment (FDI) in Turkey compared to 2013. FDI in Turkey between January and June was worth $6.8billion, according to data released by the Central Bank...

Posted on 29 August 2014

Landmark new Istanbul airport to be named after President Erdogan

Istanbul’s iconic third airport, set to be the largest in the world once completed in 2018/19, will be named after the country’s new president-elect, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The new airport is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year, replacing Turkey’s current main air hub in Istanbul, which is named...

Posted on 14 August 2014

Healthy data signals bullish second half of 2014 for Turkish property market

Rising property values, booming tourist numbers and ever-improving air access – Turkey’s attraction to foreign property-buyers has gained momentum during the first half of 2014 with a promising second half ahead, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in August. Property Sales to foreigners in Turkey rose 60 per cent...

Posted on 01 August 2014

Rising number of museums helping to drive up Turkey’s tourist numbers

Turkey’s appeal to tourists now stretches far beyond its beaches, weather and bazaars, with new statistics showing that annual visitors to the country’s museums and historic sites rose by a staggering 428 per cent between 2000 and 2013. According to the Turkey Museums 2013 report by the Association of Turkish...

Posted on 28 July 2014

Demand continues to put upward pressure on Istanbul rents and property prices

Rents in Istanbul have risen by 42 per cent in districts close to the city’s Ataturk Airport, according to recent reports in the Turkish press, which also state property prices there are recording double digit growth per annum. Apartments in Istanbul are said to be in high demand as the...

Posted on 22 July 2014

Istanbul attracts world’s 7th highest number of international travellers

Istanbul is among the 10 most popular cities in the world, according to Mastercard’s 2014 Global Destination Cities Index, which ranks the world’s most travelled cities by international overnight visitors. The iconic Turkish city came seventh out of 132 cities assessed in the Index, with an estimated 11.6 million visitors...

Posted on 16 July 2014

Buzzing Istanbul continues to attract leading international hotel brands

Istanbul’s status on the global tourism stage moved up a notch this month, following the opening of an iconic new hotel by one of the world's largest hotel companies, American group Choice Hotels International. Choice’s newly built Clarion Hotel & Suites Istanbul Sisli is located between the Levent and Taksim...

Posted on 15 July 2014

Turkish economy continues on growth path in 2014-15, according to OECD

Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, according to a statement released by the OECD in July, news that should encourage more foreign investors to the country. The OECD, which conducted a survey about the Turkish economy, said that Turkey’s short-term economic outlook has improved, and that buoyed...

Posted on 11 July 2014

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