Istanbul election re-run news greeted with shock
Whoever wins Istanbul, wins Turkey. It's a fact Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has long known. After all, Turkey's leader was once mayor of the country's largest city himself. That's why the Turkish president has pushed for a re-run of the mayoral election which saw an opposition candidate win the mayoralty last month.
Brits are shunning EU holidays in favour of Turkey
Brexit's struck again. With uncertainty prevailing in the UK, fed-up Brits are looking outside the eurozone for holidays. A Thomas Cook report shows that bookings to Turkey have gone up by 27 percent over last year as Brits lock in package summer holidays. Turkey expects more than 40 million visitors this year.
Antalya submarine offers glimpse into undersea world
Turkey's first submarine attraction, which runs out of Antalya, has gone from strength to strength since its 2017 launch. This year, the tourist attraction expects 22,000 tourists, who explore shipwrecks and the marine life in the Mediterranean waters.
Istanbul Airports welcome 15 million people in two months
Compared with the same period in 2018, January and February of this year have seen an increase of 216,490 passengers on domestic and international flights travelling through Ataturk International Airport, Sabiha Gokcen and the new Third Istanbul Airport.
Foreign buyers in Turkey hit all time high in February
Turkish property sales to foreigners are continuing to soar with a massive increase of 92.1% year on year in February 2019 compared to February 2018, according to latest statistics. The most preferred location amongst buyers was Istanbul, and data revealed that people from Iraq purchased the most properties, totalling 628 sales in February alone.
Tombs and Sarcophagi in Stratonikeia to open for visitors
It has been confirmed that tombs and sarcophagi have been dug up from one of the biggest cities of marble in the world and will be on display in Western Turkey in Stratonikeia, near to Bodrum in Mugla. On March 1, Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry launched ongoing excavations in the city of Stratonikeia.
Four years of stability for Turkey, says EU official
Without any electoral processes on the horizon for the next four years, Turkey is set to enjoy a period of stability and opportunity, says the European Union’s chief spokesperson. Margaritas Schinas said that Turkey had an opportunity in the coming years, and that the country’s EU bid would not be stalled.
Turks wait with bated breath for vote recount
It's a situation we haven't seen in decades in Turkey: the long-ruling AK Party, led by President Erdogan, was dealt a blow in March's local body elections when oppositional mayors were elected in the country's big cities. Erdogan has demanded a recount. And the public's wondering, what's next?
Ferry to run from Izmir to Athens from this summer
From June 2 this summer, people will be able to use the new ferryboat scheduled to run from the district of Cesme in the western province of Turkey’s Izmir and the Greek town of Lavrion on the coast near Athens. The aim for the new ferry service is to reduce the dense traffic that builds up along the border gates whilst also helping to develop the relations.
550 million USD invested by Turkish hoteliers in 2018
The Hotel Association of Turkey (TUROB) have released a new report based upon the Investment Incentive Certificates, confirming that due to the rise in the tourism sector last year following two years of uncertainty, there have been new 167 hotel in Turkey project applications made in 2018, which will provide an increase of 28,661 bed capacity across the country.
Erdogan loses Ankara and Istanbul in local elections
Losing elections isn't something Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is used to. But in last weekend's local elections, that's exactly what happened. The municipal elections were seen as a test of Erdogan's popularity, and now the president is claiming irregularities in the voting system.