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Istanbul developer commends UK agency Spot Blue and forecasts strong growth in Turkey

Turkish property specialist Spot Blue International Property has been praised as a key route to market by a developer in Istanbul, whose target markets include the Middle East, Europe and the UK and who believes the Turkish property market is entering another decade of strong growth under its new president....

Posted on 12 September 2014

The sky’s the limit for developing Istanbul and its impressive skyline

Modern-day Istanbul is gaining a name for its growing skyscrapers, following the release of an independent index that ranks the city as the world’s 22nd most visually impactful skyline. The latest Skyline Ranking by research website Emporis also shows that Istanbul has Europe’s second most impressive skyline, after Moscow, which...

Posted on 12 September 2014

Turkey’s air traffic reaches new heights in 2014

2014 has seen Turkey’s popularity as a holiday destination boost, after figures from Turkey’s State Airports Management General Directorate (DHMI) showed that the number of passengers that passed through Turkey's airports in August increased 11 percent year-on-year to reach a total of 19 million. For the first eight months of...

Posted on 09 September 2014

Turkey in the world’s 50 most competitive markets, with rising exports

Turkey is the 45th most competitive market out of the world’s 148 most important economies, according to the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF). Six European countries dominated the top 10 places of this year’s GCR, namely Switzerland in first place, as well as Finland, Germany,...

Posted on 04 September 2014

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...

Posted on 02 September 2014

Foreign investment up as Turkish economy outshines much of Europe

Foreigners invested $2billion in Turkish property in the first half of 2014, a period that saw a 28 per cent hike in overall foreign direct investment (FDI) in Turkey compared to 2013. FDI in Turkey between January and June was worth $6.8billion, according to data released by the Central Bank...

Posted on 29 August 2014

Turkey ups its game as a world-class golfing destination in 2014

Turkey’s campaign to become a global golf destination has gained momentum during 2014, with the golfing resort of Belek hosting a series of international tournaments and Turkey being ranked the fifth most important destination for golf tourism by the IAGTO, said Turkey property specialist Spot Blue International Property in August....

Posted on 28 August 2014

Landmark new Istanbul airport to be named after President Erdogan

Istanbul’s iconic third airport, set to be the largest in the world once completed in 2018/19, will be named after the country’s new president-elect, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The new airport is expected to serve 150 million passengers per year, replacing Turkey’s current main air hub in Istanbul, which is named...

Posted on 14 August 2014

Turkey enters new era as Erdogan takes over the presidency

Turkey has its first ever directly elected president, after its existing prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, won the presidential election at the start of August, vowing to build a new Turkey. Erdogan's election as President of Turkey should enable him to continue to drive the growth he has generated as...

Posted on 13 August 2014

Russians spearheading tourism growth in booming Antalya in 2014

The city and province of Antalya is proving an ever-growing hit with foreign tourists, but in particular Russians, after new figures showed an increase in the number of tourists there during the first seven months of 2014 compared to last year. According to the Antalya Culture and Tourism Provincial Directorate,...

Posted on 05 August 2014