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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 hub...

Posted on 01 May 2014

World focus on Turkey steps up a gear as it hosts 50th cycle tour event

Turkey’s picturesque coastline is in the global sporting spotlight this month, after the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, which sees the world’s elite cyclists race from Alanya to Istanbul, kicked off on Sunday, 27th April. And after day 2, the race leader is British champion Mark Cavendish.The eight-stage Tour...

Posted on 29 April 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

Five reasons Erdogan’s re-election could help Turkey reach new heights

The re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party in Turkey has been welcomed by foreign investors, and should help to maintain healthy conditions for growth in the country’s real estate and tourism sector, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. “Continuity is important...

Posted on 04 April 2014

Turkey re-elects Erdogan and sees positive economic signs

The Turkish nation has re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its prime minister, after his AKP party scored a resounding victory in the country’s local elections on Sunday. Erdogan’s return to power is deemed by many as a positive step towards continuing the country’s strong economic development, thanks to his ambitious...

Posted on 01 April 2014

Rough Guides includes holiday home hot spots in its ‘not to miss’ list for Turkey

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s picturesque south-west coast, a walk between Ölüdeniz and Antalya, and a beach near Kalkan all feature as highlights of a visit to Turkey, according to the latest edition of the Rough Guide to Turkey. Situated inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the Faith district, the...

Posted on 25 March 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

Why Istanbul’s Beylikduzu district is a hit with Turkish and foreign investors

Demand for property in one of Istanbul’s most desirable districts, Beylikduzu, is expected to grow during 2014, as more investors discover what this exciting area on the city’s European side has to offer.Together with the nearby Atakoy Marina district, luxury new developments in Beylikduzu are attracting an increasing number of...

Posted on 18 March 2014

More flights between Turkey and the Gulf, including low-cost service to Kuwait

Increased flights between Turkey and countries in the Middle East should help maintain a high level of interest from Arab investors in Turkish real estate opportunities in 2014.This month sees Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus commence a new four-times-a-week service between Kuwait City and Istanbul. Pegasus passengers will be able to...

Posted on 14 March 2014