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Fourth busiest European airport and voted ‘best place to meet’ – Istanbul starts 2015 with a bang

Istanbul’s growing status as an international hub was confirmed in January, after statistics confirmed the city now has the fourth busiest airport in Europe while a leading events magazine named it the world’s best meeting destination. Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport saw a staggering 11 per cent rise in passenger numbers in...

Posted on 27 January 2015

Why buoyant economic conditions will fuel further appetite for Turkish property in 2015

Rising foreign demand, record levels of tourism and healthy economic conditions throughout 2014 mean Turkey should expect further growth in its real estate market in 2015, said Turkish property specialist Spot Blue International Property in November. House sales to foreigners in the first ten months of 2014 increased 66 per...

Posted on 28 November 2014

Istanbul a tourism priority in 2015, as more foreigners visit Turkey

Promoting Istanbul as a city destination and a place to do business and exhibit are priorities for Turkey in 2015, said the Turkish Culture and Information Office at the World Travel Market in November. Turkey plans to capitalise on Istanbul’s being named the world's top destination in the 2014 TripAdvisor...

Posted on 10 November 2014

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

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...

Posted on 02 September 2014

Turkey ups its game as a world-class golfing destination in 2014

Turkey’s campaign to become a global golf destination has gained momentum during 2014, with the golfing resort of Belek hosting a series of international tournaments and Turkey being ranked the fifth most important destination for golf tourism by the IAGTO, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in August....

Posted on 28 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,...

Posted on 05 August 2014

Healthy data signals bullish second half of 2014 for Turkish property market

Rising property values, booming tourist numbers and ever-improving air access – Turkey’s attraction to foreign property-buyers has gained momentum during the first half of 2014 with a promising second half ahead, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in August. Property Sales to foreigners in Turkey rose 60 per cent...

Posted on 01 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

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...

Posted on 16 July 2014