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A Week of Tourism Events and Controversy

This week was a week of big tourism events in Turkey, events which brought a new realisation on tourism income growth in Turkey. The Turkey Tourism Summit in the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre ICEC made the headlines for a rather controversial reason. Hurriyet headline: "Minister blames statistics body for poor calculation" in a story […]

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Istanbul Number One in European Property Investment

Since the downturn struck I could count the number of times the Guardian has covered Turkish property, in the mainstream sections anyway, but we have a cracker in today's. After winning for the last 2 years on the trot, Istanbul has once again be named the property  investment hotspot of Europe by PricewaterhouseCoopers, in its […]

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Turkey Starts 2012 One of Strongest Economies in World

We all heard a lot about the Turkish economy in 2011 I know I wrote a lot about it and the reports are still coming in now. As always, it takes time to prepare final figures for the entire year, but if the reports we have seen so far are anything to go by then […]

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Istanbul Tourism up 16% in 2011

Istanbul is currently one of the hottest places for buy to let investment in the world. The population is huge and growing so rapidly in numbers and affluence, that developers simply can't build fast enough to meet the demand for quality property to buy and rent. But it is also said that Istanbul is an […]

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2011: A Great Year for Turkey and Turkish Property

Twenty Eleven was a great year for Turkey and a great year for Turkish property. The Turkish economy was among the fastest growing in the world (it was the fastest in 1H, but we have no data for 2H) according to official data. According to the Turkish association of real estate partners (GYODER) house prices […]

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Turkish Mortgages in Increasing Demand

With the Turkish property market still busy (and not too badly effected by the Euro crisis), investors are still interested in borrowing funds rather than just paying cash. The most popular loans tend to be either in Euros or Sterling, but as the local currency is still in Turkish Lira, independent Currency Exchange advice should […]

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Turkish Tourism Hits the 30 Million Target

It's official, Turkey has crossed the long-anticipated threshold of 30 million visitors, a year later than expected. During the boom the government set the tourism target that Turkey would be receiving 30 million visitors per year by 2010. Then the credit crunch happened. Most tourism markets were completely derailed by the crisis as it engulfed […]

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Turkey Continues to Impress for all the Right Reasons

It is no surprise that foreign direct investment is flooding into Turkey, because unlike many countries at the moment, there is no reason to be scared of investing. Turkey is in Europe, but not in the Eurozone and has been growing strongly throughout the European financial crisis. Even now as the crisis seems to be […]

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Fitch Affirms Turkey at BB+

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Turkey's rating at BB+ one step away from investment grade, despite revising the country's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to Stable from Positive. The agency also affirmed Turkey's Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B' and Country Ceiling at 'BBB-'. "The revision of the Outlook to Stable reflects […]

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Reciprocity Restrictions to be Removed in 2012, Boosting Foreign Sales

The Turkish government is expected to remove the reciprocity restrictions on its property market in 2012. The draft law is to be polished off by the Environment and Urbanisation ministry before being submitted to the national parliament later this month. The aim of the law would be to open up the Turkish property market to […]

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