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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...

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...

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...

Posted on 13 May 2014

Five hot spots benefiting from Turkey’s bumper year for rentals

Turkey’s surging tourist numbers together with its weak currency are creating exciting opportunities for rentals during 2014, said property agency Spot Blue International Property in May, adding that the number of foreign visitors to Turkey in 2013 increased 9.84 per cent year-on-year to 34.9 million. Homeowners in Turkish resorts who...

Posted on 09 May 2014

Istanbul Ataturk on course to becoming Europe’s third busiest airport?

Istanbul Ataturk is now ranked the world’s 18th busiest airport, after experiencing a 13.6 per cent year-on-year rise in the number of passengers that passed through during 2013. Statistics from the Airports Council International (ACI) also showed that Istanbul Ataturk is now the fifth busiest airport in Europe, carrying just...

Posted on 06 May 2014

Celebrated hotel chain honours Istanbul with new opening

One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, Raffles, is coming to Istanbul, applauding the city as “a rising star of global tourism” and Turkey as “a rising star of the global economy”. Raffles Istanbul will open on 1st September 2014 in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new...

Posted on 01 May 2014

World focus on Turkey steps up a gear as it hosts 50th cycle tour event

Turkey’s picturesque coastline is in the global sporting spotlight this month, after the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, which sees the world’s elite cyclists race from Alanya to Istanbul, kicked off on Sunday, 27th April. And after day 2, the race leader is British champion Mark Cavendish. The eight-stage...

Posted on 29 April 2014

Why Gulf investors hold the key to future growth in Istanbul

Demand for luxury residences in upmarket districts of Istanbul continues to rise, fuelled by buyers from the Middle East who are also attracted by investment opportunities presented by developments in the city’s growing suburbs, said Turkish property agency Spot Blue International Property in April. In March 2014 alone, foreigners bought...

Posted on 25 April 2014

Holidaymakers and homeowners now have a faster way to get a Turkish visa

Travelling to Turkey just got easier, thanks to the new e-visa system, which enables visitors to the country to obtain their visas on-line prior to touching down in Turkey, going live this month. The new e-visa, available at www.evisa.gov.tr since 11th April, is aimed at cutting the queues at airports...

Posted on 23 April 2014