Turkish off-season tourism numbers soar in Antalya
Last year Turkey recorded its best tourist results ever, more surprisingly though are the figures reported by Antalya for January. Over 142,000 tourists travelled to the city which is an increase of nearly 54% when compared to the same time last year. These figures are a fantastic way to start Turkey’s aim to encourage tourism all year round.
Third Antalya Airport set to open in 2022
As one of the leading holiday destinations in the world, Turkey has found that it needs to keep busy to ensure that the country can keep increasing the tourist potential. The city Antalya has been particularly in demand in terms of visitors and these people are coming not just from the Middle East but also from Germany, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia.
Half a million medical tourists visited Turkey last year
With a 27 percent increase on the number of visitors coming to Turkey for health reasons last year, the medical tourism sector has reason to celebrate. Medical tourism is set to grow this year, with officials aiming for a tenfold increase in the number of Russian health tourists visiting the country.
Foreign visitors to Istanbul tops 13 million in 2018
Results have recently been announced by the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism, confirming that over 13.4 million foreign tourists visited Istanbul in 2018. According to the information that was gathered from the report it showed that there was an increase of 24% when comparing foreign visitors in 2017 and 2018.
Record-breaking numbers at Dusseldorf Turkish real estate fair
February 8th marked the opening of the three day “My Home Investment and Retail Fair” in Dusseldorf, Germany. The event had the full support of the Turkish Urbanisation and Environment Ministry and proved to be a huge success with a record-breaking number of total people attending to learn more about real estate and new projects in Turkey.
Qatari Tycoon invests 200 million USD in Kocatas Mansion
Twenty years ago, the rare and valuable Kocatas Mansion in Istanbul was subjected to a disastrous fire but finally it has been restored to its former glory. Situated on the waterfront in the Sariyer district of Istanbul, the mansion was bought by Qatari businessman Omar Hussain Alfardan, who has spent 200 million USD renovating the mansion.
Erdogan massages Turkish economy ahead of polls
Before the last elections, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan introduced a load of stimulus measures aimed at placating voters. This time round, ahead of March's local body elections, there's little available to help woo voters. Which means the long-time leader is going to have to get smart, working with what he has to court much-needed votes.
Turkey to use social media to attract tourists
Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has announced Turkey will use new strategies on social media that will be implemented to increase tourism revenues in the country and claim a bigger share of the global tourism sector.
Turkish economy due a "soft landing", says finance minister
Turkey's finance minister Berat Albayrak has reassured Turks and anyone seeking to invest in Turkey that any slowdown is part of a well-managed strategy to steer Turkey's economy into a more sustainable growth. However, as part of this "period of balance" the economy is set to slow before picking up again, and this year's growth is set at a cautious 2.3 percent.
Qataris discover Turkish products in trade boom
Thanks to a blockade by its neighbours, Qataris are turning to Turkish products in higher numbers than ever. Trade between Qatar and Turkey has never been better. Trade between the two countries topped $2 billion last year, a 54 percent leap over the previous year, said a Turkish official.
2018 was a record-smashing year for Antalya tourism
Antalya, on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, is going from strength to strength. More than 13 million visitors arrived in the city last year, and this year's set to be even better, with the city off to a flying start. It's little wonder this beguiling city, with its easy connections opening up a world of cobbled streets, sandy beaches and leisure activities, is gaining such attention amongst visitors.
How to celebrate Christmas in Turkey this season
In Turkey for the season? Celebrating Christmas in a non Christmas-celebrating country doesn't have to be low key. Here's the lowdown on the Christmas events happening in the country's expat hotspots. Join others in song, pick up gifts at a Christmas market, or enjoy a traditional Christmas meal with lashings of gravy in Fethiye, Bodrum and Istanbul.