Istanbul’s Public Transport System Carries Record Number of Passengers in 2018

Stats released by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality reveal a record number of people used Istanbul’s public transport system in 2018. Including railways, trams, subways and buses, passenger numbers reached a staggering 1.6 billion people. 715 million passengers used subways, while buses carried 963 million passengers over 361 million kilometres, a stat that the Daily Sabah […]

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Turkish Promotion of Ancient Troy Site Brings in Record Visitor Numbers

Turkey’s efforts to promote the ancient city of Troy as a top tourist attraction resulted in record visitor numbers. The UNESCO site sitting in the Northern Aegean Canakkale Province hosted 531,650 visitors after Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry declared 2018 as the year of Troy. The event coincided with its 20th anniversary of being a […]

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Spanish Property Predictions for 2019 Look Bright

Following a successful year in 2018, Spanish property predictions from experts around the globe predict another year of price growth and rising demand. A robust tourism industry, low interest rates, rising employment, affordable prices, a buoyant economy, and predicted price growth are all credited as driving international demand in Spain, and even though other nationalities, […]

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Advice on Investing in Property Abroad: Tips for Foreign Buyers

Times have changed and investing in property abroad is now a standard addition to anyone’s real estate portfolio. While our parents thought holidaying abroad was a treat, owning a home in another country is the new norm. Proof of this is seen in fast-track citizenship programs offered by various countries, where in return for investing […]

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Greece, Spain and Turkey’s Tourism Industries Close the Year on a High

Official government stats from Greece, Turkey and Spain report 2018 as an excellent year for their tourism industries with either an increase in visitors and/or expenditure. The bounce back following previous years when the travel market across the globe slumped because of terrorism fears is fuelling optimism for 2019. Turkish Tourism Bounces Back One country […]

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Turkish Tourism: A New Campaign and Hopeful Predictions for 2019

With the Turkish tourism industry finishing 2018 on an all-time high, hopeful government officials say visitor stats and revenue will continue to rise in 2019. As 2018 draws to a close, statistics predict a yearly total of 40 million visitors, but the government is already rolling out new policies and promotional campaigns to ensure next […]

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After Brexit: Brits to Apply for ETIAS To Travel in Europe

With Brexit affecting how Brits travel to Europe, the EU has confirmed travellers don’t need a visa, but they will pay 7 euros every 3 years for an ETIAS, a document of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. ETIAS, expected to launch in 2021 via the electronic application, will not just apply to British […]

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Why Expats in Antalya Chose the Region for Their New Life

Expats in Antalya make up one of the largest groups of foreign nationalities living in Turkey. After Istanbul, the province is the second most popular destination for foreign property purchases. It also records high numbers of approved residency permits, beating other expat provinces like Mugla and Aydin. Indeed, thousands of expats have left their home […]

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Turkey’s Tourism Season Ends on a High

Turkey’s tourism season ended on a high after results revealed a 23% increase in visitors’ year-on-year for the first three quarters. With October marking the last month of the official tourism time period starting in May, confident government officials say they will break yearly figures proving the travel industry of Turkey has rebounded in style. […]

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Turkish Property Sales to Foreigners Surge Amid Ideal Buying Conditions

Monthly reports by Turk Stat, the country’s statistical Institution say Turkish property sales to foreign nationalities surged by a staggering 151% Y-O-Y in September of this year. For the last eight months, the number of foreigners buying homes has shown an increase, yet September’s result is the best to date. Since January 2018, foreigners have […]

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