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Turkey and olives – a recipe for success!

Olives and the oil that comes from them are one of the highlights of life in the Mediterranean, with different countries, including Turkey, claiming to produce the best. However, one thing that is indisputable right now is the rising number of people around the world who now consume Turkish olive...

Posted on 05 September 2013

Rail upgrades on track to increasing investment appeal of Istanbul property market

Many of Istanbul’s burgeoning residential districts are on the verge of becoming more accessible places to live, after a landmark new rail link connecting the European and Asian sides of the city neared completion when it carried its first passengers as part of a test run in August.The Marmaray Project,...

Posted on 03 September 2013

Tourists just can’t get enough of Turkey – as Egypt’s problems deter holidaymakers

Turkey’s popularity as a tourist destination is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in the Mediterranean, according to recent figures from the Union of Mediterranean Tourist Hotels (AKTOB). The country welcomed 19.1 million foreign tourists over a period of seven months in 2013, signifying a 10.6 per cent...

Posted on 31 August 2013

Turkish football club signs record sponsorship deal with UK brand Vodafone

Istanbul football club Beşiktaş announced in August that it has signed a $145-million deal with British telecommunications group Vodafone, making it the country’s biggest ever sponsorship deal. The deal includes shirt sponsorship for five years and sponsorship of the new Beşiktaş stadium, expected to be completed next year and named...

Posted on 30 August 2013

Spot Blue searches for idyllic plot in Turkey – it’s what the doctor ordered!

Just five years after buying their first holiday home in Turkey, British surgeon Phil McLoughlin and his Malaysian wife Shanti have begun looking there for the perfect spot to build a house for their retirement.The couple, who live with their two teenage sons in St Andrews, are searching for a...

Posted on 27 August 2013

Leading fashion brand coming to Turkey’s High Street by end of 2013

Shoppers in Turkey will soon have the chance to look as fashionable as their European neighbours, thanks to plans announced this month for the opening of Superdry stores there.The news comes after UK based SuperGroup, which owns the Superdry brand, signed a five-year exclusive franchise agreement with Turkish firm Demsa...

Posted on 27 August 2013

Weaker Lira and rate rise means more spending money for expats

Expats living off the interest paid on savings in their local Turkish bank can enjoy an extra meal out each week, after Turkey’s central bank raised interest rates for the first time since October 2011. It’s not uncommon for resident Brits to deposit lump sums in a high interest Turkish...

Posted on 23 August 2013

Spot Blue clients appear in Mail on Sunday

Happy customers of Spot Blue who bought a villa in Fethiye through the firm earlier this year and who are now looking for a plot on which to build their dream retirement home were featured in the Mail on Sunday on 18th August.In April this year surgeon Phil McLoughlin and...

Posted on 20 August 2013

Turkey bucks the trend with bullish commercial property market

The first half of 2013 has seen Turkey’s commercial property market record strong growth and attract increasing investment, according to a report by international property consultancy Jones Lang LaSalle. The investment market has gained significant liquidity with a few major transactions completed in the past six to eight months, said...

Posted on 20 August 2013

Property agency Spot Blue marks 10th anniversary with focus on wider global opportunities

Spot Blue International Property Ltd, a leading UK-based Turkey property specialist, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month and with it announcing increased efforts to target investors from the growing international market, as well as the more established European countries.Founded in August 2003 by chairman David Walker, who spotted the...

Posted on 18 August 2013