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Shock Snowfalls Freeze Life in Eastern Turkey

I'm dreaming of a white... Bitlis. Those in the town of Bitlis in eastern Turkey probably aren't dreaming of a white anything after almost a week of constant snow brought day-to-day life in the town to a standstill. Anything or anyone capable of moving freely in a snowdrift of 640cm...

Posted on 11 February 2012

A Week of Tourism Events and Controversy

This week was a week of big tourism events in Turkey, events which brought a new realisation on tourism income growth in Turkey. The Turkey Tourism Summit in the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre ICEC made the headlines for a rather controversial reason. Hurriyet headline: "Minister blames statistics body for...

Posted on 10 February 2012

Istanbul Tourism up 16% in 2011

Istanbul is currently one of the hottest places for buy to let investment in the world. The population is huge and growing so rapidly in numbers and affluence, that developers simply can't build fast enough to meet the demand for quality property to buy and rent. But it is also...

Posted on 07 January 2012

2011: A Great Year for Turkey and Turkish Property

Twenty Eleven was a great year for Turkey and a great year for Turkish property. The Turkish economy was among the fastest growing in the world (it was the fastest in 1H, but we have no data for 2H) according to official data. According to the Turkish association of real...

Posted on 06 January 2012

Turkish Tourism Hits the 30 Million Target

It's official, Turkey has crossed the long-anticipated threshold of 30 million visitors, a year later than expected. During the boom the government set the tourism target that Turkey would be receiving 30 million visitors per year by 2010. Then the credit crunch happened. Most tourism markets were completely derailed by...

Posted on 30 December 2011

Nestle goes on investing in Turkey

29 November 2011, Ankara - According to Nestle Turkey’s CEO, Mr Hans Ulrich Mayer, Turkey has been a great place to invest - “Turkey has been the recipient of several Nestlé investments many times greater than we invest in other markets” reported Mayer. Nestle has invested about 500 million USD...

Posted on 29 November 2011

Southern Turkey opens largest Eastern Med marina

29 November 2011, Ankara - Mr Binali Yildrim, the Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communications has opened the largest Eastern Med yacht marina in the southern Turkish town of Mersin. The marina has cost 100 million TRY (About 54 million USD) and can berth up to 1,000 boats. Mr...

Posted on 29 November 2011

Fitch Affirms Turkey at BB+

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Turkey's rating at BB+ one step away from investment grade, despite revising the country's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to Stable from Positive. The agency also affirmed Turkey's Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B' and Country Ceiling at 'BBB-'. "The revision of...

Posted on 23 November 2011

Turkish Tourism Looks Set for 30m Target

According to the latest data tourism to Turkey is continuing to grow strongly. The Culture and Tourism Ministry has just released data on the first nine months of this year, showing tourism up 10.67% compared to the same period last year. This is slower than the 12% year on year...

Posted on 27 October 2011

World Bank Plans to Boost Investment in Turkey

According to a top World Bank executive a new proposed Country Partnership Strategy will generate a considerable amount of investment for Turkey. "The Turkish government and World Bank have had talks in participating in CPS," Ulrich Zachau, the World Bank Turkey director, told Reuters in Ankara. The strategy is to...

Posted on 22 October 2011