Hundreds of thousands of golfers travel to 5-star resorts in Turkey to enjoy the sport at the highest of standards. Golf tourism professionals report that the revenue this brings to the country is worth a phenomenal 135 million euros per year.
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5.42 million tourists visited the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul in the first five months (January – May) 2019 which was an increase of 11% compared to the same time last year, and an all-time high in the past five years. Istanbul has made huge progress towards a goal of welcoming 15 million tourists this year.
Turkey continues to enjoy excellent tourism trade with an increase in money being spent as well as visitor numbers. Over 18 million foreign visitors have flocked to Turkey in the first half of this year with revenue reaching 12.6 billion USD, according to data.
Turkey and New Zealand's relationship was forged in war, and continued as allies. Now, Turkey's ambassador to New Zealand has praised the bond between the two countries, saying that the small trade volume between the two in no way reflects the strength of their relationship.
The Karasu district in the province of Sakarya in Turkey was recently presented with two blue flags for beaches in the area. The blue flag relates to the cleanliness of the beach as well as the health of the sea. The metropolitan municipality mayor of Sakarya, Ekrem Yuce said that it is his aim to now obtain blue flag status for Koccali and Kaynarca beaches.
The Grand Bazaar is a landmark in the Fatih district of Istanbul. Known as the world’s oldest bazaar, it has been under threat of closure due to the dwindling number of foreign tourist visitors in the past few years. However, there has been a noticeable increase in footfall and the bazaar has started to regain its previous glory.
Turkey's lira took a beating last year. Losing 50 percent of its value against the dollar meant inflation took a hit, soaring sky high. Since May, however, the lira has climbed slowly back up, and Turkish bonds garnered healthy returns. While we're not yet in the clear, the green shoots are encouraging news for investors.
A rare bee that stowed away in a British tourist's suitcase and built colourful petal sacks in their conservatory has sparked an international outcry after British officials ordered its destruction. The osmia avosetta was discovered in 2009 on a remote Turkish mountain. British officials fear it could threaten native bees, which are in decline.
Ruhsar Pekcan, Trade Minister for Turkey and Jim Carr, the Canadian Trade Minister met in Japan at the beginning of June at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Trade and Digital Economy. It was here where the two ministers signed the joint Economic and Trade Commissions MoU. This joint understanding aims to strengthen current trade ties.
Turkey and the United Kingdom already enjoy strong ties and are looking to strengthen their bilateral ties further to ensure that their relationship is not affected by Brexit, regardless of whether there is a deal or no deal. Trade ministers from both countries attended a meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
Turkey will wrap up 2019 with some good news from the tourism sector: experts are predicting a 10 percent rise in the number of tourists visiting Turkey. Turkey's largest city, Istanbul, and the southern Mediterranean city of Antalya are the preferred destinations, each welcoming record numbers of visitors.
Turkey’s property market continues to rise with real estate sales to foreigners in May being the highest ever. As a result, the market has enjoyed the highest foreign sale figures month-on-month since the beginning of the year with June continuing to impress.