Istanbul rated as leading destination for international business congresses, boosting investor confidence

Istanbul is one of the world’s 10 most popular places for holding a business congress, according to the latest report by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). The ICCA’s new rankings show that Turkey’s largest city hosted 148 international business congresses in 2015, the eighth highest number out of all major cities globally in […]

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Major Istanbul expo reflects strong Middle Eastern demand for Turkish property

In a sign of confidence for the Turkish property market, Istanbul hosts its first ever Cityscape Turkey property exhibition in March 2016, an event previously only associated with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Taking place 24th-26th March at the Istanbul Congress Center, the exhibition will bring domestic and global investors together with leading real estate […]

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Istanbul’s mega airport likely to deliver up to 200 new air links

Istanbul’s new airport could connect the city to between 150 and 200 new destinations, in addition to those currently served by its existing two airports, when it opens in 2018, according to research by aviation news website Highlighting the huge benefit that the airport will bring, the news was announced at a conference in […]

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Istanbul’s high street surge in value as global brands fight for retail space

Istanbul’s two main shopping streets are now among the world’s 20 most expensive streets to rent retail space, according to a new report by a leading commercial property consultancy. Rents for retail outlets in the streets of Bagdat Caddesi on Istanbul’s Asian side and Istiklal on the European side are together ranked 20th in a […]

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Fourth busiest European airport and voted ‘best place to meet’ – Istanbul starts 2015 with a bang

Istanbul’s growing status as an international hub was confirmed in January, after statistics confirmed the city now has the fourth busiest airport in Europe while a leading events magazine named it the world’s best meeting destination. Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport saw a staggering 11 per cent rise in passenger numbers in 2014, up to 57 million […]

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Istanbul a tourism priority in 2015, as more foreigners visit Turkey

Promoting Istanbul as a city destination and a place to do business and exhibit are priorities for Turkey in 2015, said the Turkish Culture and Information Office at the World Travel Market in November. Turkey plans to capitalise on Istanbul’s being named the world's top destination in the 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards. Meetings, incentives, […]

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Why two Istanbul districts have the wow factor in the Middle East

Two districts on Istanbul’s European side, namely Bahcesehir and Belikduzu, have become hot spots for Gulf investors purchasing second homes in 2014, said Turkish property specialist Spot Blue International Property in October. Julian Walker, director at Spot Blue International Property, commented: “A large proportion of our clients today are from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab […]

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Why today’s Istanbul is attractive to non-resident Turkish and Arab investors

Turks and Middle Eastern citizens based around the world, including the Americas, who are looking for global investment opportunities could be missing out by not considering modern-day Istanbul and wider Turkey, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in September. “In the USA alone there are an estimated 500,000 Turkish Americans,” said Julian Walker, […]

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Celebrity chef Stein to bring the taste of Turkey to Britain’s TV screens

Fans of Turkey and its colourful lifestyle will enjoy a new TV series covering Turkish food and hosted by TV chef Rick Stein, which is scheduled to be broadcast on BBC 2 next year. Turkey’s well known for its beaches, sunshine and exciting culture, and Stein’s new series will help to open more people’s eyes […]

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Rising number of museums helping to drive up Turkey's tourist numbers

Turkey’s appeal to tourists now stretches far beyond its beaches, weather and bazaars, with new statistics showing that annual visitors to the country’s museums and historic sites rose by a staggering 428 per cent between 2000 and 2013. According to the Turkey Museums 2013 report by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, 29,533,966 people visited […]

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