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Turkish Luxury Tourism Sector Starting to Take Root

I just read an excellent article highlighting Turkey’s growing popularity as a luxury tourism destination over the last 2 years. In the article Classic Collection tells how it smashed its sales target (168%) for Turkey in the first year, having only added Turkey to its destinations last year. The article...

Posted on 27 May 2010

Istanbul Becomes Latest Site in Turkish Marina Expansion

Istanbul is to become the site of the latest new marina in Turkey, as the country hopes to increase the revenues from its incoming tourists, by becoming attractive to the high-end tourist. Dati Holdings is to build the $16 million (estimated) marina in the Ataköy district of Istanbul. The ParkMarina...

Posted on 13 May 2010

Visa-Free Travel Between Russia and Turkey a Reality

The much-talked-about visa-free travel agreement between Turkey and Russia has finally become a reality. The deal was officially signed today, by leaders of both countries, during the Russian Premier Dimitry Medvedev’s visit to Turkey. "This is a historic agreement that will make life easier for millions of people. And it...

Posted on 12 May 2010

Turkish Tourism Growing as Year Progresses – Turkstat

In the first quarter of this year, income from tourism in Turkey was down 2.2% compared to the same period of last year, according to the latest data available from Turkstat. This is a major surprise, given that income in the fourth quarter of last year was 11.6% higher than...

Posted on 30 April 2010

Turkey and Russia Set to Allow Visa-Free Travel this Summer

Visa-free travel between Turkey and Russia could begin this summer, a Russian official said Thursday. Russian Ambassador Vladimir Ivanovskiy said that preparations are ongoing, but the deal is unlikely to be finalised until Russian President Dimitri Medvedev visits Turkey in the first half of May. “But I believe it might...

Posted on 22 April 2010

Side Turkey is the Ultimate Seaside Resort Town

It is a commonly held believe that Antalya is one of Turkey's most popular tourism resort locations, and surely one of Turkey's most beautiful Mediterranean coastal regions. Within Antalya the town of Side (pronounced seeday) is one of the most beautiful towns, in Antalya, but also in Turkey as well....

Posted on 17 April 2010

The Alanya Gazipasa Airport: What’s the Story?

Many of you will have heard that the Gazipasa Airport, the closest airport to the Alanya hotspot, is to welcome its first international flight on the 22nd of May. This will be an important milestone in the history of the airport, which was first built in 2001. The flight will...

Posted on 13 April 2010

Didim Marina One Year On, Well… Nearly

In April last year the Didim Marina opened, the largest marina on the Aegean and a spectacular addition to the Didim tourism package. Didim marina, which covers 287,000 square metres of land and god only knows how much sea, is part of the Turkish tourism ministries strategy of trying to...

Posted on 24 March 2010

Antalya Visitor Numbers All Time High in January and February

Antalya tourism set new records in January and February this year, according to new figures released by the region’s department for culture and tourism. Some 311,995 tourists came to Antalya by plane during January and February, said Antalya Culture and Tourism Director İbrahim Acar. February was the biggest month with...

Posted on 05 March 2010

Altinkum Property Set to Be Big Star in 2010

All the signs point to Altinkum property being one of the biggest sellers with foreign buyers of Turkish property in 2010 – especially Brits. According to recent data some 80% of the 67,000+ tourists received by Altinkum last year were British. As we all know, a place which is popular...

Posted on 19 February 2010