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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

Istanbul’s profile as an international business hub goes up a notch

Istanbul’s appeal to international firms as a place to meet and do business is going from strength to strength, according to new research that ranks it the eighth most popular city in the world to hold a congress. New rankings based on the number of events held in 2013, compiled...

Posted on 30 May 2014

Foreign visitors to Turkey on the up in 2014, with property sales also steady

Turkey’s popularity with foreigners is going from strength to strength, after figures showed a 5.07 per cent year-on-year hike in the number of visitors to the country during the first four months of 2014. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that 7.03 million foreigners visited the country between...

Posted on 27 May 2014

Summertime sees Turkey benefit from new flights – to the East and West

A sign of Turkey’s growing prominence on the world stage and increasing appeal to international travellers and investors, summer 2014 sees a raft of new flights to the country, including to the Middle East and North Africa, and the USA. Kicking off at the start of May, Turkey’s national carrier...

Posted on 20 May 2014

Survey confirms Turkey as best value for money holiday destination

It’s no secret that Turkey can match any other holiday destination for sunshine, fun, beaches and culture, but according to a recent survey by the UK Post Office, it’s actually a cut above anywhere else when it comes to value for money. With an 87 per cent positive rating, Turkey...

Posted on 13 May 2014

Istanbul Ataturk on course to becoming Europe’s third busiest airport?

Istanbul Ataturk is now ranked the world’s 18th busiest airport, after experiencing a 13.6 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of passengers that passed through during 2013. Statistics from the Airports Council International (ACI) also showed that Istanbul Ataturk is now the fifth busiest airport in Europe, carrying just...

Posted on 06 May 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

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...

Posted on 29 April 2014

Holidaymakers and homeowners now have a faster way to get a Turkish visa

Travelling to Turkey just got easier, thanks to the new e-visa system, which enables visitors to the country to obtain their visas on-line prior to touching down in Turkey, going live this month. The new e-visa, available at www.evisa.gov.tr since 11th April, is aimed at cutting the queues at airports...

Posted on 23 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