The nine-day Ramadan holiday helped boost the Turkish economy, with domestic and international tourists spending an impressive US$2bn. Tour operators and businesses connected to the tourism industry were happy with the increased spend, which surpassed previous years, thanks to the extension of the holiday from three days to nine.
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Turkish Airlines have announced that they have extended their free tours of the city, now offering tours in the evenings around the Bosporus for those staying between 6 and 24 hours in transit through Istanbul Airport. Abdullah Yormaz, Tour Marketing Manager of Turkish Airlines, made the announcement.
The property market in Turkey has experienced its best ever first quarter sales to foreigners, and the best April ever for housing sales in general according to new data. TurkStat (Turkish Statistical Institute) confirmed that foreigners purchased 3,720 houses in April.
Eid al-Fitr is one of the most significant calendar events in Turkey. During the two-day celebration mosques fill with worshippers, and feasts are held in every home. It's also a time of travel, and one of the most lucrative tourist periods of the year, generating more than US$500 million for the economy.
The Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister announced that during the first two months of 2019, Turkey was visited by more than 3.2 million foreign tourists. Official figures have confirmed that this is a 7.4% rise when compared to the same period last year.
Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister, Mehmet Nuri Esroy has announced that Indian wedding organisers are predicting a massive increase of 300% in the number of Indian celebrations being presided over in Turkey in 2019.
One of the leading tourist destinations in Turkey, Antalya continues to post increasing visitor numbers with a 25% growth of foreign tourists visiting the city in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period the year before.
A surge in the number of Brits heading to Turkey has prompted a warning from the British government: expect queues. Ataturk Airport recently shifted operations to Istanbul's new airport, and travellers are warned to make sure their visas are in order ahead of travelling to the new hub.
As Camlica Tower, a new radio tower on the Asian side of Istanbul comes to the end of construction; visitors will be able to marvel at a stunning view across the city. The part of the tower that has been designated as a restaurant complete with observation point is said to reach 388 metres in height.
Spending and lending ahead of March's elections had a good result in Turkey, and analysts believe the country might have swerved the recession that many people feared. However, there's still plenty of work to do to address inflation levels and the low currency, as well as finding a way to address Turkey's foreign debt.
The history in Erdirne spans over 1,500 years, it is located in the area of East Thrace in the North West of Turkey, between the borders of Bulgaria and Greece. East Thrace served as the Ottoman capital for almost a century until Sultan Mehmed conquered Istanbul in 1453, with Istanbul then becoming the empire’s new capital.
People living in the cities are being urged on social media to stay home during the next mayoral elections on June 23 in order to vote. Campaigns by southern resort cities mention upcoming storms, an amusing way of telling people to not visit until after the votes are cast. The controversial mayoral rerun was announced after President Erdogan accused opposition of corrupt practices.