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Skyfall: Istanbul, Adana & Fethiye for James Bond fans.

Skyfall released in 2012 (directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig) was the twenty-third James Bond film. An action film needs a good backdrop, and Turkey has many picturesque locations. They filmed scenes for the film in  various locations in Turkey over a three month period in 2012.  ...

Posted on 07 August 2013

Turkish resort of Alanya on cloud nine as international flights take off at local airport

Tourist numbers and demand for property in the southern Turkish resort of Alanya are expected to record a rise during 2013, thanks to a steep hike in the number of international flights - in particular from northern Europe - arriving at the nearby regional airport at Gazipasa. By the end...

Posted on 01 August 2013

Turkish Tourism Continues to Grow

The number of tourists visiting Turkey increased by 4.93 percent in June compared with the same month of the previous year according to data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Thursday. The increase took the total number of visitors in June to 4.7 million, while the number...

Posted on 27 July 2013

Istanbul Olympic Bid Picking Up Pace Says Official

There is "overwhelming" domestic support for Istanbul's 2020 Olympic bid according to Hasan Arat, chair of the Istanbul 2020 Bid Committee, adding that the body plans to promote the city for the games right up unti the IOC makes its decision September 7. With Istanbul still in the running against...

Posted on 26 July 2013

Turkey Set to Become Top Economy in OECD

According to the latest predictions of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Turkey is set to post the second highest GDP growth in the organisation next year, it said in its "Employment Outlook 2013" report. In the report Turkey was named as one of the few countries that...

Posted on 24 July 2013

Ford to Complete Move From UK to Turkey

Ford Motors, one of the world's largest car manufacturers is closing up its operations in Britain and moving completely over to Turkey. After recently closing its 40 year old plan in Southampton the firm is now set to do the same in Dagenham beforing moving the operation across to its...

Posted on 19 July 2013

Law Change Could End Military Involvement in Politics

In its latest move to remove the military from Turkish politics the Turkish Parliament on Saturday amended an army regulation that had often been used as a precursor for the military to get involved in politics and even to overthrow previous governments on several occasions. This regulation, or one article...

Posted on 17 July 2013

Emerging Turkey: Rising Oil Demand Fuels European Refineries

Turkey and its emerging market counterparts are keeping refineries open across the Mediterranean's developed nations according to the International Energy Agency's monthly oil report. The report says that growing demand from Turkey and North African nations is directly responsible for refineries in Italy and Spain's ability to stay in business....

Posted on 12 July 2013

Turkey and Belgium Team Up Against Double Taxation

Turkey and Belgium have increased their joint cooperation against double taxation. The pair have signed a new protocol to enable the increased flow of information in line with OECD standards aimed at negating the possibility of paying tax on the same income in two countries. The protocol, signed yesterday during...

Posted on 10 July 2013

Turkish Flights and Air Travel Continue to Soar

New data from the State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMİ) released on Friday shows that airline traffic at Turkey's airports increased by 7.6 percent in June over the same month last year. According to the data the number of passengers also went up by 12.9 percent in June year-on-year, with...

Posted on 06 July 2013

Turkish Exports Up 2.5% in First Half

According to the latest export data, Turkey sold products worth USD 74.66 billion in the first half of this year. This represents a growth of 2.5 percent compared to a year ago, the figures from the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM) show. This sends positive signals for year-end goals according to...

Posted on 03 July 2013

Clever land investors flying high in Turkey

Hungry investors looking for alternatives to today’s volatile financial markets should consider investing in land in Turkey, said Turkish property specialist Spot Blue, adding that buying land and building your own villa can also be a better long-term proposition for second homeowners. “Opportunities to buy land come in all shapes...

Posted on 02 July 2013

Balkan Tourists Stuck on Turkey

According to  a new story in the SE Times tourists from the Balkan countries have not been turned off a Turkish holiday by the recent unrest in Istanbul. Turkey has been bogged down by news of the protests since the end of May. Some say it’s a storm in a...

Posted on 29 June 2013

Turkish Tourism Continues Strong Growth in May

Turkey is a tourists dream. In fact, it is like a food that you are apprehensive to try out but then when you do, you find out that you have been missing out terribly. Tourists made this realisation about Turkey round about 2002 and ever since then Turkish tourism numbers...

Posted on 26 June 2013

Turkey Real Estate Investment to Hit 10 Billion USD Annually

According to the latest data from the Association of Real Estate Investment Companies (GYODER), global investors ploughed 720 million USD into Turkish property investments in the first quarter of this year. This represents a growth of 89% compared to Q1 2012 according to the firm, which predicts that Turkey will...

Posted on 21 June 2013

Turkish Real Estate Put Forward for $50 Billion Investment

Turkey is courting Norway. Not in the biblical sense, (or even the mid-late 20th century romantical sense), but in the real estate investment sense. Norway has big plans to channel some 50 billion USD into investments in international real estate in the coming months and years. Big hitters in the...

Posted on 20 June 2013

Turkey Plans Continued Economic Surge

A draft for Turkey's 10th 5-year economic development plan has been sent to Parliament. According to the plan Turkey will reach an annual growth rate of 5.5%, have a 4.5% inflation rate, and a 7.2% unemployment rate by the end of 2018. The Ministry of Development plans to meet the...

Posted on 18 June 2013

Turkey’s coastal property market gains from rise in Blue Flag beaches

House-hunters looking for an overseas property near a clean, safe beach are spoilt for choice in Turkey, says Turkish property specialist Spot Blue, thanks to 383 beaches there being awarded Blue Flag status this year, the most the country has ever achieved and 59 more than in 2012. Turkey now...

Posted on 18 June 2013

Investors Cautiously Optimistic Around Turkish Social Movement

The growing "social movement" in Turkey is not a major cause of concern for investors according to a senior member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association. In a telephone interview with Hurriyet Bahadır Kaleağası, an international coordinator with the body said the international investors had noticed the differences between...

Posted on 15 June 2013

Foreigners on Turkish Property Buying Spree

We are only just past midway through the year but already foreigners have purchased more than 6000 properties in Turkey. According to data from the Turkish Environment and Urbanization Ministry 6802 foreigners from 83 countries including the US, Kuwait, Britain and Tanzania have purchased 5,432 Turkish houses and 862 plots...

Posted on 08 June 2013