21/03/2019
New Istanbul Cultural Center and Opera House will Open in 2 Years

At a ground-breaking ceremony in February, Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed the New Istanbul Cultural Center and Opera House would open within two years. The original project when unveiled in 2017, was given a projected opening date of 2019, but this has now been extended to 2021. With an expected project deadline of 20 months, the […]

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17/03/2019
New Izmir to Athens Ferry Route to Start in June 2019

A new Izmir to Athens ferry route will start in June 2019, marking the first time for sea travel between Turkey and mainland Greece. Officials hope the service will ease traffic at border gates, and help commercial and touristic relationships between the two countries. The company is confident this route will divert traffic from the […]

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06/03/2019
Positive Outlook for Turkey’s Foreign Property Market in 2019

Turkey’s property market looks set for a positive outlook in 2019, as foreign real estate purchases rise by a staggering 81% year-on-year. While domestic sales have slowed down because of rising interest rates, January continued to follow the success of 2018 as foreign buyers flocked to take advantage of a lucrative exchange rate. The result […]

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23/02/2019
The Luxury Bodrum Guide: Travel and Lifestyle in Turkey’s Upmarket Hotspot

The luxury face of Bodrum, an Aegean holiday peninsula in Turkey, is enjoying a boost in tourism popularity as American media publications tout it as this year’s must-see luxurious travel destination. Previously called Halicarnassus in history, Business Insider has labelled the port city of Bodrum, as an “under the radar” destination, but for many decades, […]

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10/02/2019
Turkish Tourism Industry Hosted 39.5 Million Foreigners in 2018

The Turkish tourism industry hosted 39.5 million foreign tourists in 2018 and 6.62 million Turks living abroad, marking its most successful year to date. The numbers released by Turk Stat, the country official statistics portal showed an increase year-on-year of 21.45% from January to December. Although all months showed an increase in visitors, January and […]

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21/01/2019
Overseas Property Buyers in Turkey Reached Record Levels in 2018

A report by Turk Stat, the country’s National Statistic Institution says overseas property buyers in Turkey reached record levels for 2018. In 2018, Turkey’s economy suffered turbulent times, but foreigners flocked to take advantage of a lucrative exchange rate, masses of availability and incentives like citizenship by passport. While domestic sales slowed down because of […]

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14/01/2019
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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09/01/2019
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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27/12/2018
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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20/12/2018
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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