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Turkish Tourism Bounces Back and Looks Forward to 2018

The Turkish tourism industry started 2017 with apprehension, but industry insiders are celebrating a successful comeback with high hopes for 2018. Stats revealed by the country’s official statistical organisation said in the first ten months of 2017, tourist numbers increased by 28% year-on-year, coming in at a total of 29...

Posted on 20 December 2017

Turkish Economy Shows Biggest Growth in the G20

The latest figures released by Turk Stat, the Turkish Statistical Institute revealed that Turkey is the fastest growing G20 economy after it clocked up record figures for the third quarter of 2017. Beating China and India, from July to September, growth came in at 11.1%, the highest double-digit figure recorded...

Posted on 17 December 2017

EasyJet’s Busy 2018 Turkey Flight Schedule

This week the low-cost British airline EasyJet unveiled 20 more routes for its summer 2018 flying program including Liverpool to Dalaman airport on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. Urging flyers to “book direct so they don’t have to pay more than you should,” the airline is expanding on its flight...

Posted on 13 December 2017

Turk Telekom Reports a Successful 2017

A statement by CEO Paul Doany of Turk Telekom, the country’s leading telecommunications company, has revealed the company has exceeded their expectations for 2017 and are looking forward to continuing their growth in 2018. From January to September of 2017, Turk Telekom achieved double-digit growth resulting in a net profit...

Posted on 08 December 2017

Turkey Set to Exceed 2017 Export Targets Amid Growth Revision

A statement by the president of the Turkish Exporters Assembly revealed that the Turkish government is optimistic it will surpass 2017 export targets. By November of 2017, exports were showing a 14% increase year on year, netting a total 142.4 billion dollars. The year-end goal is 156.5 billion. Crediting the...

Posted on 03 December 2017

10 Turkish Words to Know When Buying Property

The process of buying property in Turkey may seem daunting because the country speaks another language, yet foreign property buyers will find it straightforward and simple. In many of the coastal areas and large city of Istanbul where most foreign buyers are found, English is widely spoken. During the actual...

Posted on 28 November 2017

Turkish Airlines Has Big Plans for 2018

In a statement released to the official news agency of Turkey, Turkish Airlines, the country’s national carrier has announced ambitious plans to transport 100 million passengers every year, be one of the top five cargo companies by 2023 and create 7000 jobs by 2018. They are looking to the opening...

Posted on 25 November 2017

Turkey’s New Tourism Strategy

After boosting their travel and tourism industries to record-breaking levels, Turkey took a knock after a series of events over the last two years kept visitors away. A disagreement with Russia severely affected the Antalya region, which has for many years, heavily relied on Russian holidaymakers. Likewise, Europeans concerned about...

Posted on 23 November 2017

What is Turkey’s Turquoise Card System?

Turkey’s Turquoise Card is a point-based application system aimed at attracting highly skilled foreigners and high-level investors to Turkey with the right to work and live in the country indefinitely. Many have said it is Turkey’s equivalent to the USA green card system. Called Turkuaz Kart in Turkish, it was...

Posted on 21 November 2017

The Russians are Back in Turkey

For many decades, Russians were the top nationality of Turkey’s tourism industry, flocking particularly to the Mediterranean region of Antalya. Likewise, when Turkey opened its real estate market to foreigners, Russians flocked to buy apartments and villas, and many of them become expats enjoying the carefree lifestyle and ideal weather...

Posted on 16 November 2017

Plans Unveiled for New Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square

This week, President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan unveiled plans for the new Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square, Istanbul. The old Ataturk Cultural Centre that many officials said was ugly and unsafe will be demolished, and work will begin on the new building with plans for it to open...

Posted on 14 November 2017

Four Cities in Turkey Listed on the Top 100 Most Visited

On November the 7th, at the World Travel Market in London, Euromonitor International unveiled the top 100 most visited cities in the world and four Turkish cities; Istanbul, Antalya, Edirne and Artvin appeared on the list. Detailing the importance of their research, Euromonitor said cities are at the forefront of...

Posted on 10 November 2017

Three Turkish Cities Join UNESCO Creative Cities Network

A statement published by UNESCO has confirmed that three more Turkish cities have been added to their Creative Cities Network bringing the total to four. The south-eastern province of Gaziantep was accepted in 2015 and has now been joined by Istanbul, Hatay and Kutahya after their applications submitted in 2016...

Posted on 06 November 2017

Turkish Airlines Open 2017 Enjoys A Successful First Half

The Turkish Airlines Open 2017 will end on the 5th of November, but players and avid spectators are already raving about key events that have dominated the tournament. Despite a promising start by Irishman Padraig Harrington, he fell to 16th place on the 2nd day of the competition. Instead, professional...

Posted on 04 November 2017

Introduction to Istanbul City in Turkey

Every country has its most prominent city and in the case of Turkey, this is Istanbul. Throughout the history of humankind, it has been a pinnacle point of travel, trade, politics and war. Empires have fought each other to gain control of the strategic piece of land. Thankfully these days,...

Posted on 30 October 2017

Turkish Property Sales to Foreigners Rise 75% Year on Year

In a report released this week, Turk Stat, the Turkish Statistical Institution said Turkish property sold to foreigners in September reflected a 75% increase on figures from the same time last year. Across the country, foreigners of various nationalities bought 2,236 homes intended for residential use. Industry experts are excited...

Posted on 26 October 2017

Turkish Airlines Add Another Istanbul Itinerary to Free Layover Tours

A recent announcement by Turkish Airlines unveiled their latest solution for international business travellers on a layover through Istanbul. Anyone flying on a business class ticket who has a layover time of seven hours or more can book a free private Bosphorus cruise, acting as the perfect, organised introduction to...

Posted on 22 October 2017

Marriott Hotels Have Big Plans to Expand in Turkey

Turkish newspapers are reporting a recent announcement by Marriott international hotels to expand their operation in Turkey over the next three years. The announcement was made by the Vice president of Marriott operations during a recent meeting to discuss the success of the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Izmir....

Posted on 20 October 2017

Private School in Istanbul Offers Joint Turkish-British Curriculum

The private British International School of Istanbul is focusing on a new curriculum for Turkish students that combines the British education curriculum with the Turkish one. The school that now accommodates more than 40 different nationalities of students has been open for 25 years, and emphasise their small classes have...

Posted on 16 October 2017

The Ambitious Kanal Istanbul Project

President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced that by late 2017 or early 2018, they will commence with the most ambitious part of the Kanal Istanbul project, an artificial sea-level waterway, that will change the face of the city. Up until now, attention has focused on the choice of...

Posted on 12 October 2017