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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...

Posted on 11 January 2012

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...

Posted on 07 January 2012

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...

Posted on 30 December 2011

E-commerce giant Amazon invests in Turkey

22 December 2011, Istanbul - Amazon the US e-commerce giant has entered the Turkish market and acquired a interest in Ciceksepeti.com a Turkish online flower delivery company. Emre Aydin the General Manager of Ciceksepeti.com said “Amazon’s lead in technology and online marketing will be beneficial for our growth in 2012”...

Posted on 23 December 2011

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...

Posted on 09 December 2011

Turkey’s university entrepreneurs to get help from Intel

8 December 2011, Ankara - In 2012, Intel, the worlds largest chip manufacturer, is launching a new initiative to help young Turkish university entrepreneurs. Intel is not new to the principle and has previously helped METU (Turkey’s Middle East Technical University) set up their new R&D labs through supplying equipment,...

Posted on 08 December 2011

New Flights to China Boost Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Last week saw Istanbul Ataturk's already award-winning global destination coverage increased further, when China Southern announced new flights to the airport from Beijing via Urumqi in the northwest. The flights start running Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, served by 191 seat 757-200s. However, there are plans to expand on this quickly...

Posted on 02 December 2011

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...

Posted on 23 November 2011

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...

Posted on 19 November 2011

Foreigners Buying More Property in Turkey

The latest data from the Turkish Land Registry Director shows that some 123,,000 foreigners own 113,687 immovable properties in Turkey. The data shows that resort properties are still the most popular with foreigners, and they prefer established cities like Antalya, Mugla and Aydin ,as well as Istanbul and Bursa. The...

Posted on 18 November 2011