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Istanbul Ranks as Top Global Tourist Spot

Istanbul has scored big once again in Mastercard’s Index of Global Destination Cities, securing itself the 6th spot among 132 cities ranked in terms of international visitor arrivals and spending. The survey predicted that Istanbul would welcome 10.4 million international visitors this year, putting it in front of Dubai, Hong...

Posted on 06 June 2013

Turkey’s Economic Prowess Brings Surge in Hotel Chain Investments

Turkey’s string of economic achievements, crowned by going from debtor to contributor with the IMF and a series of “investment grade” ratings -- Moody’s Investors Service, Japan Credit Rating Agency and Dominion Bond Rating Service all upped Turkey to investment grade recently on top of Fitch, which did so earlier...

Posted on 05 June 2013

Turkish Tourism Growth Boosted by Transport Investments

Speaking at the Turkey and Neighbors Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC), a player in the tourism sector has said that the sector is being boosted to 300% annual growth and beyond thanks to giant transportation and urban renewal plans. The huge cost and huge effort spent on transportation and infrastructure projects...

Posted on 31 May 2013

Hilton Continually Expanding in Turkey

Hilton Worldwide, which is already the largest hotel company in Turkey has announced the addition of 3 new hotels in the country, taking Hilton's Turkish operation to over 10,000 rooms in operation and under development according to the release. “Our plan is to continue to grow the portfolio. We have...

Posted on 30 May 2013

Agency upgrade boosts Turkey’s investment appeal, aiding its vision to be a top 10 economy

Turkey has edged closer to achieving its target of becoming one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2023, after it was awarded investment grade rating this month by Moody’s, significantly its second upgrade by one of the world’s three main credit rating agencies within the space of six months....

Posted on 23 May 2013

Exchange rate stability makes life more comfortable for Brits in Turkey

Expats who rely on income from the UK have been better off in Turkey than those living in Spain, France or any other Eurozone country, thanks to the Turkish lira being more stable than the Euro since the credit crisis of 2008 – a trend likely to continue in the...

Posted on 22 May 2013

Turkish Airlines Puts Istanbul on top of European Aviation

Talk about taking the world by storm, well Turkish Airlines is certainly causing a storm in Europe. The airline has been almost constantly in airline news for several years now as it adds more new routes than any other airline over any period you wish to measure. Thanks to its...

Posted on 17 May 2013

Turkey Pays Off IMF Debt, Becomes Contributor

After paying down debt rapidly for several years, this week saw Turkey enter a debt-free relationship with the IMF after 19 years as a debtor. It made for big news in 2008 when Turkey failed to enter a new standby agreement with the IMF signalling its confidence and desire to...

Posted on 16 May 2013

The Beautiful Game draws global attention to Med resort of Antalya

Turkey’s largest tourist resort and gateway to its Mediterranean coastline, Antalya, is gearing up for a swell in international visitors - and with it the chance to showcase the lifestyle and properties it has to offer, when the Under-20 (U20) Football World Cup is played there next month. Antalya’s Akdeniz...

Posted on 14 May 2013

Turkish Air Traffic Flying High

Turkish air traffic continues to surge as the number of passengers continually increases. According to figures announced by General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey, total number of airway passengers as well as direct transit passengers in April this year was up 13.1 percent on the previous year, reaching...

Posted on 09 May 2013

Istanbul Start-Ups Starting to Hot Up

New data from the Istanbul chamber of commerce shows an impressive 18% growth in the first four months of this year. According to the report some 18,185 newly-established companies registered with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO)   during the period. Meanwhile business shut-downs were also down by 13.41 percent over...

Posted on 07 May 2013

Turkish Economic Train Rages On

While the economic crisis rages on in Europe and sporadically around the world, Turkey continues to go from strength to strength, this week finalising two record-breaking tenders. The first a 22.15 billion euros multi-party tender for the construction of Istanbul's third and one of the world's largest airports. The airport...

Posted on 04 May 2013

Turkish Exports Soar thanks to Visa-Free Spree

Turkey’s exports have accelerated significantly, said Mehmet Büyükekşi, president of the Turkish Exporters’ Agency, attributing the increase to Turkey's agreeing visa exemption deals with more than 21 countries over the past decade. According to Büyükekşi visa free deals with Libya, Albania, Jordan and Kosovo in 2009, raised total foreign trade...

Posted on 30 April 2013

Turkish Tourism Revenues Surge

According to the latest data from Turkish Statistical Institution (TÜIK) tourism revenues in the first quarter hit almost $5 billion, an increase of 38.6% compared to the same period in 2012. According to the report the increase is attributed mainly to the 18.7% increase in visitor numbers, surpassing 5 million...

Posted on 27 April 2013

Spot Blue pivotal in driving Anglo-Turkish trade relations

As part of an on-going trade initiative to strengthen relations with the UK, members of the Turkish Government took time out from a business forum in London this week to open the London Stock Exchange, an event that presented an opportunity for Turkey's Minister of Economy, Zafer Caglayan, and chairman...

Posted on 26 April 2013

Turkish Budget Deficit Collapses in Q1 as Turkey Goes Private

More positive news for the Turkish economy as it continues to become the best and brightest in Europe. According to the latest data released at a press conference by Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek, the Turkish budget deficit has fallen 86% during the first quarter courtesy of a surge in revenue...

Posted on 24 April 2013

Turkey ups its game as world golf destination, adding to its home ownership appeal

Value for money, world-class courses and a steady increase in the hosting of high profile events, including its first PGA Open later this year, are driving Turkey’s status as a global golf destination, at the same time adding value to Turkish property close to a fairway. Turkey is now the...

Posted on 23 April 2013

Renewed Vigour In EU Accession Progress Continues

More progress towards EU accession for Turkey as European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle called for the opening of the energy chapter of negotiations. “The [European] Commission thinks that Turkey is ready to negotiate the energy chapter,” Füle said in a written statement to the European...

Posted on 20 April 2013

Turkish Economy Minister Pushing for US Free Trade

In attendance at a meeting of Turkey’s top private sector representatives and Turkish-American business organization executives regarding a Turkey-US free trade deal, Turkish economy minister Zafer Caglayan said that the proposed Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) could severely hinder Turkish trade with the US if it is implemented with the...

Posted on 18 April 2013

Turkish Interest Rates Lowered Again

Guarding against Lira appreciation the Turkish central bank chopped a further 50 basis points off its benchmark interest rate today and also cut overnight borrowing and lending rates. The bank cut the one-week repo policy rate from 5.5%to 5%, the borrowing rate to from 4.5% to 4% and the lending...

Posted on 16 April 2013