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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...

Posted on 29 April 2014

Holidaymakers and homeowners now have a faster way to get a Turkish visa

Travelling to Turkey just got easier, thanks to the new e-visa system, which enables visitors to the country to obtain their visas on-line prior to touching down in Turkey, going live this month. The new e-visa, available at www.evisa.gov.tr since 11th April, is aimed at cutting the queues at airports...

Posted on 23 April 2014

Istanbul crowned world’s best destination by global travellers

Istanbul has been voted the best place to visit in the world in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations, organised by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. The largest city in Turkey, Istanbul is the country’s cultural capital and embraces both its European and Asian roots as the...

Posted on 17 April 2014

Five reasons Erdogan’s re-election could help Turkey reach new heights

The re-election of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party in Turkey has been welcomed by foreign investors, and should help to maintain healthy conditions for growth in the country’s real estate and tourism sector, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. “Continuity is important...

Posted on 04 April 2014

Rough Guides includes holiday home hot spots in its ‘not to miss’ list for Turkey

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Turkey’s picturesque south-west coast, a walk between Ölüdeniz and Antalya, and a beach near Kalkan all feature as highlights of a visit to Turkey, according to the latest edition of the Rough Guide to Turkey. Situated inside the walled city of Istanbul, in the Faith district, the...

Posted on 25 March 2014

More flights between Turkey and the Gulf, including low-cost service to Kuwait

Increased flights between Turkey and countries in the Middle East should help maintain a high level of interest from Arab investors in Turkish real estate opportunities in 2014. This month sees Turkish low-cost carrier Pegasus commence a new four-times-a-week service between Kuwait City and Istanbul. Pegasus passengers will be able...

Posted on 14 March 2014

World-class marinas putting the wind in the sails of Turkey’s lifestyle property market

Turkey’s growing marine tourism sector is expected to boost interest in property in coastal resorts in 2014, thanks to a raft of world-class marinas, many of them less than a year or two old, attracting an increasing number of lifestyle property investors, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property...

Posted on 21 February 2014

Turkey’s Antalya booms as tourist destination, while more Turks start to travel abroad

The city of Antalya on Turkey’s southern Mediterranean coast welcomed 12 million visitors in 2013, the highest number ever recorded anywhere in Turkey, according to the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Tourist numbers from Russia, China and Germany were especially high last year in Antalya, where the Turkish government...

Posted on 22 January 2014

More air passengers touch down in 2013, as taste for Turkey keeps on growing

A hike in Turkey’s air traffic meant passenger numbers hit record levels in 2013, confirming the country’s growing popularity in the world as a place to visit and do business. Turkey’s Minister for Transport confirmed in January that the number of air passengers passing through the country last year exceeded...

Posted on 14 January 2014

Global hotel group grows presence in “exciting and dynamic” Turkey

Internationally acclaimed hotel group Hilton Worldwide signed agreements on a further four hotels in Turkey in December, bringing its portfolio in the country to 24 trading properties and 25 in its development pipeline. This latest announcement sees Hilton Worldwide expand its existing presence in Istanbul and the port city of...

Posted on 23 December 2013