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Gulf nations getting a real taste for Turkey

Turkey experienced a surge in visitors from the Gulf regions in the first four months of the year, according to the country’s Cultural and Tourism Office.In particular, the country recorded healthy rises in the number of visitors from GCC states Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait, namely 46 per cent, 40 per...

Posted on 20 June 2014

Istanbul’s case for becoming a global financial hub under the spotlight

Istanbul’s campaign to become a leading financial hub in the world was reiterated this month when the Turkey’s finance minister, Mehmet Simsek confirmed that the country aimed to be among the top-three performing economies in Europe within a decade and one of the top 10 in the world within the...

Posted on 17 June 2014

New air links with Gulf States signal Istanbul’s growing financial and cultural status in 2014

Istanbul’s growing popularity in the Middle East together with its increasing status as a commercial hub has led to a steep rise in new direct flights there from the Gulf States in the past 18 months, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in June.“Rewind just five years and flights...

Posted on 10 June 2014

June sees Istanbul officially break ground for construction of mega airport

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended the official launch of work on Istanbul’s ground-breaking new airport in June, as construction officially begins at the airport’s site in the northern Arnavutkoy district of the city.A joint venture of Turkish companies won the tender for Istanbul’s third airport in May 2013,...

Posted on 06 June 2014

Michelin-star Italian chef brings fine dining to Istanbul

Istanbul’s appeal to wealthy jet-setters and homeowners who enjoy eating out has just shot up, after Ristorante ltalia, a contemporary Italian fine dining restaurant inside Istanbul’s new Eataly, was opened by world renown chef Massimo Bottura at the end of May.Massimo Bottura is the highly regarded chef-patron of the three...

Posted on 03 June 2014

Istanbul’s profile as an international business hub goes up a notch

Istanbul’s appeal to international firms as a place to meet and do business is going from strength to strength, according to new research that ranks it the eighth most popular city in the world to hold a congress.New rankings based on the number of events held in 2013, compiled by...

Posted on 30 May 2014

Foreign visitors to Turkey on the up in 2014, with property sales also steady

Turkey’s popularity with foreigners is going from strength to strength, after figures showed a 5.07 per cent year-on-year hike in the number of visitors to the country during the first four months of 2014.The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that 7.03 million foreigners visited the country between January...

Posted on 27 May 2014

Gazipasa stepping up a gear to become second gateway to Turkey’s Mediterranean resorts

Foreign interest along Turkey’s Mediterranean coastline is expected to surge in the next 12 months, thanks to plans to increase capacity and infrastructure at Gazipasa Airport, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in May, adding that the airport was in talks with carriers about new routes from the UK....

Posted on 20 May 2014

Summertime sees Turkey benefit from new flights – to the East and West

A sign of Turkey’s growing prominence on the world stage and increasing appeal to international travellers and investors, summer 2014 sees a raft of new flights to the country, including to the Middle East and North Africa, and the USA.Kicking off at the start of May, Turkey’s national carrier Turkish...

Posted on 20 May 2014

Survey confirms Turkey as best value for money holiday destination

It’s no secret that Turkey can match any other holiday destination for sunshine, fun, beaches and culture, but according to a recent survey by the UK Post Office, it’s actually a cut above anywhere else when it comes to value for money.With an 87 per cent positive rating, Turkey topped...

Posted on 13 May 2014