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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

New air links with Gulf States signal Istanbul’s growing financial and cultural status in 2014

Istanbul’s growing popularity in the Middle East together with its increasing status as a commercial hub has led to a steep rise in new direct flights there from the Gulf States in the past 18 months, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in June.“Rewind just five years and flights...

Posted on 10 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

Foreign visitors to Turkey on the up in 2014, with property sales also steady

Turkey’s popularity with foreigners is going from strength to strength, after figures showed a 5.07 per cent year-on-year hike in the number of visitors to the country during the first four months of 2014.The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that 7.03 million foreigners visited the country between January...

Posted on 27 May 2014

Gazipasa stepping up a gear to become second gateway to Turkey’s Mediterranean resorts

Foreign interest along Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline is expected to surge in the next 12 months, thanks to plans to increase capacity and infrastructure at Gazipasa Airport, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in May, adding that the airport was in talks with carriers about new routes from the UK....

Posted on 20 May 2014

Summertime sees Turkey benefit from new flights – to the East and West

A sign of Turkey’s growing prominence on the world stage and increasing appeal to international travellers and investors, summer 2014 sees a raft of new flights to the country, including to the Middle East and North Africa, and the USA.Kicking off at the start of May, Turkey’s national carrier Turkish...

Posted on 20 May 2014

Survey confirms Turkey as best value for money holiday destination

It’s no secret that Turkey can match any other holiday destination for sunshine, fun, beaches and culture, but according to a recent survey by the UK Post Office, it’s actually a cut above anywhere else when it comes to value for money.With an 87 per cent positive rating, Turkey topped...

Posted on 13 May 2014

Five hot spots benefiting from Turkey’s bumper year for rentals

Turkey’s surging tourist numbers together with its weak currency are creating exciting opportunities for rentals during 2014, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in May, adding that the number of foreign visitors to Turkey in 2013 increased 9.84 per cent year-on-year to 34.9 million. Homeowners in Turkish resorts who...

Posted on 09 May 2014

Celebrated hotel chain honours Istanbul with new opening

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, Raffles, is coming to Istanbul, applauding the city as “a rising star of global tourism” and Turkey as “a rising star of the global economy”.Raffles Istanbul will open on 1st September 2014 in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub...

Posted on 01 May 2014

World focus on Turkey steps up a gear as it hosts 50th cycle tour event

Turkey’s picturesque coastline is in the global sporting spotlight this month, after the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, which sees the world’s elite cyclists race from Alanya to Istanbul, kicked off on Sunday, 27th April. And after day 2, the race leader is British champion Mark Cavendish.The eight-stage Tour...

Posted on 29 April 2014