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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 business...

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 by...

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 will...

Posted on 08 July 2014

Turkey swimming in Blue Flag beaches, with third highest number worldwide

Tourists and holiday homeowners looking for pristine beaches and clean water to swim in should have Turkey on their radar, after the country was ranked third out of 51 countries on the 2014 Blue Flag scheme. Turkey now has 387 Blue Flag beaches, putting it ahead of France with 379...

Posted on 04 July 2014

Foreign appetite for a slice of Turkey increasing during 2014

Interest in Turkish property is showing no signs of easing off in 2014, after data from the Turkey’s Ministry of Economy showed a record 42 per cent year-on-year increase in real estate purchases by foreign nationals during the first four months of the year.Foreigners purchased real estate worth $1.26billion in...

Posted on 03 July 2014

Turkey gains two more World Heritage Sites

Turkey’s rich culture has been recognised at the latest UNESCO World Heritage Session, after the country was granted two new World Heritage Sites bringing its total number to 13.The first new Site in Turkey is the Birth of the Ottoman Empire at Bursa and Cumalıkızık in the southern Marmara Region....

Posted on 24 June 2014

Gulf nations getting a real taste for Turkey

Turkey experienced a surge in visitors from the Gulf regions in the first four months of the year, according to the country’s Cultural and Tourism Office.In particular, the country recorded healthy rises in the number of visitors from GCC states Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, namely 46 per cent, 40 per...

Posted on 20 June 2014

Istanbul’s case for becoming a global financial hub under the spotlight

Istanbul’s campaign to become a leading financial hub in the world was reiterated this month when the Turkey’s finance minister, Mehmet Simsek confirmed that the country aimed to be among the top-three performing economies in Europe within a decade and one of the top 10 in the world within the...

Posted on 17 June 2014

June sees Istanbul officially break ground for construction of mega airport

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the official launch of work on Istanbul’s ground-breaking new airport in June, as construction officially begins at the airport’s site in the northern Arnavutkoy district of the city.A joint venture of Turkish companies won the tender for Istanbul’s third airport in May 2013,...

Posted on 06 June 2014

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 three...

Posted on 03 June 2014