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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

Visitors to Turkey will need to go on-line for their visas in 2014

Travellers to Turkey, including second homeowners, are being advised that from Spring next year they will need to go on-line to get their visa for entry into the country. Earlier this year, Turkey introduced its new e-visa system, which allows for applications and visa fees to be paid online in...

Posted on 17 December 2013

Turkish low-cost carrier launches new flights and connects Russia with Istanbul

A sign of Turkey’s expanding global appeal, on 8th October the country’s expanding budget airline Pegasus launched its first ever service between Istanbul and Moscow. At the same time, the airline also announced a raft of new flights from Brussels, starting next year. By 27th October Pegasus is expected to...

Posted on 15 October 2013

August tourist numbers up in Turkey, as national airline carries even more passengers

Foreign visitor numbers to Turkey were up significanty in August compared to last year, while Turkey’s national carrier, Turkish Airlines, confirmed this week that the number of passengers it carried from January to August increased 25 per cent year-on-year. A total of 4.95 million foreigners visited Turkey in August, a...

Posted on 24 September 2013

Travel firm TUI confirms Turkey as number one summer holiday destination

Holiday bookings to Turkey during the summer season of 2013 were up 8.1 per cent compared to last year, more than any other short-haul destination – somewhere with a flight-time of less than four hours, said global travel firm TUI, which owns the Thomson brand, this month. Spain’s Balearic Islands...

Posted on 20 September 2013

Passenger numbers up by 22 per cent at Turkey’s leading low-cost airline

Turkey’s appeal as a tourist and second home destination has been reinforced by results from the country’s leading low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines, which reported a 22.6 per cent year-on-year increase in traffic volume for the first six months of 2013. Pegasus carried a total of 7.55 million passengers on both...

Posted on 17 September 2013

Tourists just can’t get enough of Turkey – as Egypt’s problems deter holidaymakers

Turkey’s popularity as a tourist destination is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the Mediterranean, according to recent figures from the Union of Mediterranean Tourist Hotels (AKTOB). The country welcomed 19.1 million foreign tourists over a period of seven months in 2013, signifying a 10.6 per cent...

Posted on 31 August 2013

Turkish resort of Alanya on cloud nine as international flights take off at local airport

Tourist numbers and demand for property in the southern Turkish resort of Alanya are expected to record a rise during 2013, thanks to a steep hike in the number of international flights - in particular from northern Europe - arriving at the nearby regional airport at Gazipasa. By the end...

Posted on 01 August 2013