Antalya to offer 41 direct flights to 13 countries
Turkish Airlines (THY) are set to increase the number of direct flights from the top holiday resort Antalya to 41, also planning for these flights to operate during the winter season. The Governor of Antalya, Munir Karaloglu made the announcement at an AKTOB, (Mediterranean Touristic Operators Association) meeting that was held in February.
Turkish Overseas investment reaches 4 billion USD
Foreign direct investment overseas by Turkish residents saw an enormous growth last year. In 2018, investment reached 4 billion USD, which is an increase of 26% when compared to the same period in 2017. These figures were documented in data issued by the CBRT (Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey).
Turkey tops 33 European countries for 2018 tourism growth
According to a report published in 2018 by the European Travel Commission (ETC) visitors to Turkey hit a new record and are currently increasing by approximately 22% year on year, with visitor numbers rising above 40 million, the total for 2018 set an all-time high of 47 million tourists to Turkey.
A mystery "boss" is handing out cash in Istanbul
It's like something out of a film: a mystery man is handing out cash donations to the families who most need them. In Haskoy, on Istanbul's Golden Horn, a group of people are handing out envelopes to families in need of help. The man's identity remains a secret, but locals are calling him a "godsend".
Turkey is home to almost five million foreigners
In its position between Asia and Europe, it's no surprise Turkey has become home to people from all over the world. The shifting and dynamic population of Turkey has created a "mosaic" country with distinct languages, cultures and traditions in just about every corner, making a fascinating destination for visitors.
Turkish Employment Program to create 2.5 million jobs
The Turkish economic administration aims to challenge unemployment rates in the country by launching a new employment mobilisation program. This continued into 2019 after first being launched in February 2017 with a target of creating 2.5 million new jobs by the end of 2019.
The end of military clearance: Turkey scraps another hurdle to property ownership
Scrapping military clearance is one of the final bureaucratic hurdles to property ownership in Turkey. One by one, the Turkish government has lifted restrictions, making it easier than ever for foreigners looking to invest in Turkey or buy a lifestyle or retirement home there. Now, buyers can purchase property in days, rather than weeks.
Turkey holds most banking cards across Europe
Deputy general manager of the Interbank Card Centre, Cenk Temiz, revealed that there are 214 million banking cards in circulation in Turkey, putting Turkey ahead of any other European country. Speaking with Anadolu Agency, Temiz stated that data shows that at the end of 2018 there were 148 million debit and 66 million credit cards in Turkey.
It's easier than ever for Brits to fly to Turkey
With 15 Istanbul-bound flights leaving London each day, it's never been easier to get to Turkey. And the ease of travelling between the UK and Istanbul, Bodrum, Antalya and Fethiye has added to a recent spike in the number of British people interested in owning or investing in a Turkish property.
New Eastern Express Train announced to boost tourism
Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, the Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister has announced that a new train is set to be introduced to accommodate the increasing number of tourists wanting to visit Eastern Turkey, easing the load of increasing demand on the current Eastern Express. The Eastern Express currently leaves from Ankara and travels towards the eastern city of Kars in Turkey.
Ataturk Airport gears up for move of a lifetime to Istanbul Airport
It's a couple of months late, but finally, a move is underway. In early April, Ataturk Airport will shift its operations to the brand new Istanbul Airport. Over the next couple of years as it ramps up its operations, the mammoth airport is set to become the busiest in the world.
Cappadocia tourism sees the best January in 10 years
Cappadocia has seen the highest number of tourists in 10 years with 123,244 foreign and local visitors in January. Due to this immense activity the tourism sectors have high hopes for the rest of the year. Professionals in the tourist industry in Cappadocia are expecting the region to enjoy its busiest year ever.