Full Opening of Istanbul’s New Airport Set for March 2019

The delayed opening of Istanbul New Airport, a megaproject that will change the face of travel in Turkey has been set for March 3rd, 2019. Previously scheduled to open in October 2018, the airport is currently running a skeleton schedule of domestic and international flights via Turkish Airlines, the country’s national carrier. After the official […]

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Best Places to Buy Property Abroad in 2019

Every year, real estate experts, finances houses, and industry magazines publish recommendations of the best places to buy property abroad. Here at Spot Blue, we like to do things differently, so we have also gathered top ranking lists to see if any countries appear more than once. Each list used different criteria like prices, best […]

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Overseas Property Buyers in Turkey Reached Record Levels in 2018

A report by Turk Stat, the country’s National Statistic Institution says overseas property buyers in Turkey reached record levels for 2018. In 2018, Turkey’s economy suffered turbulent times, but foreigners flocked to take advantage of a lucrative exchange rate, masses of availability and incentives like citizenship by passport. While domestic sales slowed down because of […]

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Istanbul’s Public Transport System Carries Record Number of Passengers in 2018

Stats released by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality reveal a record number of people used Istanbul’s public transport system in 2018. Including railways, trams, subways and buses, passenger numbers reached a staggering 1.6 billion people. 715 million passengers used subways, while buses carried 963 million passengers over 361 million kilometres, a stat that the Daily Sabah […]

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Turkish Promotion of Ancient Troy Site Brings in Record Visitor Numbers

Turkey’s efforts to promote the ancient city of Troy as a top tourist attraction resulted in record visitor numbers. The UNESCO site sitting in the Northern Aegean Canakkale Province hosted 531,650 visitors after Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry declared 2018 as the year of Troy. The event coincided with its 20th anniversary of being a […]

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Spanish Property Predictions for 2019 Look Bright

Following a successful year in 2018, Spanish property predictions from experts around the globe predict another year of price growth and rising demand. A robust tourism industry, low interest rates, rising employment, affordable prices, a buoyant economy, and predicted price growth are all credited as driving international demand in Spain, and even though other nationalities, […]

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Advice on Investing in Property Abroad: Tips for Foreign Buyers

Times have changed and investing in property abroad is now a standard addition to anyone’s real estate portfolio. While our parents thought holidaying abroad was a treat, owning a home in another country is the new norm. Proof of this is seen in fast-track citizenship programs offered by various countries, where in return for investing […]

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Greece, Spain and Turkey’s Tourism Industries Close the Year on a High

Official government stats from Greece, Turkey and Spain report 2018 as an excellent year for their tourism industries with either an increase in visitors and/or expenditure. The bounce back following previous years when the travel market across the globe slumped because of terrorism fears is fuelling optimism for 2019. Turkish Tourism Bounces Back One country […]

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Turkish Tourism: A New Campaign and Hopeful Predictions for 2019

With the Turkish tourism industry finishing 2018 on an all-time high, hopeful government officials say visitor stats and revenue will continue to rise in 2019. As 2018 draws to a close, statistics predict a yearly total of 40 million visitors, but the government is already rolling out new policies and promotional campaigns to ensure next […]

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After Brexit: Brits to Apply for ETIAS To Travel in Europe

With Brexit affecting how Brits travel to Europe, the EU has confirmed travellers don’t need a visa, but they will pay 7 euros every 3 years for an ETIAS, a document of the European Travel Information and Authorisation System. ETIAS, expected to launch in 2021 via the electronic application, will not just apply to British […]

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