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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Posted on 20 May 2014