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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

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, between...

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. PropertySales to foreigners in Turkey rose 60 per cent year-on-year...

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 during...

Posted on 16 July 2014

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

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

Turkey’s ‘Saint Tropez’ – 5 reasons holiday homeowners can count on Kalkan

Carefully controlled development, improving infrastructure and a growing celebrity following are fuelling interest in the upmarket Turkish resort of Kalkan, known as the ‘Saint Tropez’ of Turkey, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in June. Last winter, the cobbled streets of Kalkan’s Old Town were completely restored in keeping...

Posted on 27 June 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