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Turkey’s air traffic reaches new heights in 2014

2014 has seen Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destination boost, after figures from Turkey’s State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) showed that the number of passengers that passed through Turkey's airports in August increased 11 percent year-on-year to reach a total of 19 million. For the first eight months of...

Posted on 09 September 2014

Turkey in the world’s 50 most competitive markets, with rising exports

Turkey is the 45th most competitive market out of the world’s 148 most important economies, according to the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Six European countries dominated the top 10 places of this year’s GCR, namely Switzerland in first place, as well as Finland, Germany,...

Posted on 04 September 2014

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 to...

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 of...

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 after...

Posted on 14 August 2014

Turkey enters new era as Erdogan takes over the presidency

Turkey has its first ever directly elected president, after its existing prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the presidential election at the start of August, vowing to build a new Turkey. Erdogan's election as President of Turkey should enable him to continue to drive the growth he has generated as...

Posted on 13 August 2014

Russians spearheading tourism growth in booming Antalya in 2014

The city and province of Antalya is proving an ever-growing hit with foreign tourists, but in particular Russians, after new figures showed an increase in the number of tourists there during the first seven months of 2014 compared to last year.According to the Antalya Culture and Tourism Provincial Directorate, between...

Posted on 05 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 during...

Posted on 16 July 2014