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Middle Eastern Buyers Snapping up Luxury Istanbul Property

According to the estate agents in Turkey, rich Middle Eastern buyers are increasingly interested in expensive property by Istanbul's Bosporus. The recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East means that investors are viewing Turkey as being a safe haven, and are looking to buy luxurious waterfront villas and...

Posted on 03 September 2011

Merrill Lynch Predicts Strong Growth in Turkey over next 10 Years

In a new report, investment banking giant Merrill Lynch predicts that Turkey will be the fastest growing economy in the EMEA region -- Europe, Middle East and Africa -- the coming 10 years, with fellow emerging markets South Africa and Saudi Arabia not far behind. "Based on an analysis of...

Posted on 02 September 2011

Turkey is a Top Destination with Brits Says Travelwatch

According to leading travel website Travelwatch.co.uk, Turkey is the second most searched holiday destination this year, with the available stock rising rapidly to meet the new demand. According to the firm the fact that Turkey is outside the Eurozone continues to be a major draw, because they can get more...

Posted on 26 August 2011

Economic Minister Reveals Special Economic Zones Plan for Turkey

Turkey is to do away with the current "free zones" in favour of a new system of "Economic Free Zones" according to Minister of Economic Zafer Caglayan. According to Caglayan the reason for rethinking the incentivised zones was to better equip them to tackle the country's raging current account deficit....

Posted on 25 August 2011

Foreign Investment in Turkey Soaring in 2011

We have long known that volatility in the global economy, combined with the eurozone debt crisis and sluggish growth in most established markets was driving growth in investment to Turkey and other emerging markets. But few would have believed it would be driving quite as much growth as we now...

Posted on 18 August 2011

New System Protects Foreign Heirs’ Real Estate Inheritance

A new system aimed at preventing the heirs of foreigners who own property in Turkey from being fraudulently divested of their inheritance in the event of the deaths of said owners. Antalya Provincial Treasurer Hidayet Mat, said that, although it does not happen often, occasionally foreigners have been cheated out...

Posted on 10 August 2011

Turkish Unemployment Now in Single Figures

According to the latest data from Turkstat Turkish unemployment has fallen into single figures for the first time since July 2008, falling 2.1 points from April 2010 to stand at 9.9% for April 2011. The data shows that 2.6 million people were registered unemployed in April 2011, compared to 3.07...

Posted on 15 July 2011

Turkey Extends Presence as Prominent Player in Global Economy

Turkey continues to expand its presence as one of the prominent players in the post-crash global economy. It's like another week another slew of positive economic data. In the last week we have seen 3 Turkish banks ranked in the top 25 of a chart of the world's most profitable...

Posted on 13 July 2011

Turkey Welcomes Influx of Wealthy Arab Tourists

We recently reported that tourism to Turkey had increased by 14.56 percent in the first five months of this year, compared to the same period in 2010 according to data from the Ministry of Tourism. However, far more significant in the larger scheme of things is the market share of...

Posted on 08 July 2011

Istanbul Airports Make News for Series of New Routes

We have learned from airline data collation service anna.aero, that Pegasus Airlines increased its coverage of Germany out of Istanbul Sabiha Gocken this week, when it announced the launch of a new 3-weekly services to Nuremberg in German Bavaria. The route is to be serviced by the airline's 737-800s with...

Posted on 07 July 2011