Tourism round up: Arab tourists on the rise
In the latest tourism news from Turkey: The number of Arab visitors travelling to Istanbul is rising, while Western numbers dropped slightly; Turkish Airlines has been recognised as the fourth best global airline; Istanbul’s third airport one step closer thanks to Russian loan; Chinese tour operators ask Antalya deputy governor for a Buddhist temple; Turkey adds to its Blue Flag beach catalogue, with 39 new beaches added this year; report finds that 12 percent of Turkey’s GDP is generated by travel and tourism.
Economy safe under coalition: Turkey economic news
All the latest economic news from Turkey: Turkey’s economy will be safe under a coalition, according to financial analysts; Economic performance in the first quarter of the year has exceeded all expectations, giving hope to increased performance for the second quarter; G20 countries work towards their goals of increasing global growth, and a G20 official emphasises the importance of Islamic finance; Akbank becomes Turkey’s most valuable brand, beating last year’s first place holder, Turk Telecom.
Edgy Erdogan, women MPs and drunken Kate Moss
The latest news from Turkey this week: Erdogan urges speedy formation of new government; Supermodel Kate Moss is escorted off an Easyjet aeroplane after drunken behaviour on a Bodrum to London flight; Turkey and US make a good team against ISIL, says US State Department spokesperson; there are more women MPs in Turkish parliament than last term; and a Gezi Park tear gas-toting policeman has been ordered to plant trees by an Istanbul court.
Turkish elector says one minute to Erdogan
The people have spoken. The AKP supermajority is no more and the ruling party will be looking to form a coalition government over the next few days. Many former AKP voters, dissatisfied with AKP’s increasingly autocratic rule and concerned about Erdogan’s ambitions for an executive presidency, turned to other parties, including the pro-Kurdish HDP, who have made a historic entry to parliament after topping the 10 percent threshold. Propertyturkey.com director Cameron Deggin says the results are positive for Turks - and for the country’s future economy.
News round up: Erdogan, Elections, cars and jets
News this week: Erdogan challenges a rival to find the golden toilet that’s rumoured to be in his 1000-room palace; the election on Sunday will be the hardest to predict yet, says deputy PM; Erdogan likens his rule to the conquest of Istanbul, 562 years ago, as Turks gather in Istanbul to celebrate the conquest; a manmade peninsula in upmarket Atakoy aims to address the lack of space for new construction in the Istanbul hotspot; and Turkish-made cars, jets and passenger airliners will all be a reality this decade.
Investment news round up - Banks, Economy, and Real Estate
We bring you a summary of the latest investment news from Turkey. The European Investment Bank is to invest a record 2.5 billion Euros in Turkey, concentrating on infrastructure, healthcare and SMEs; Bosch announce further investment in their Turkish divisions. The Turkish arm of Bosch is the fifth largest in the world. Siemens CEO announces Turkey’s future as “bright”; and a Saudi fund is to invest US$750 million in Turkish property.
News round up: what’s going on in Turkey?
We bring you the latest news from Turkey. This week: Turkey plans to increase its Council of Europe contribution; the EU and Turkey agree to expand the customs union; Turkey vows to grow its alliance with NATO following the meeting in Antalya; a new trend of hair transplants in Turkey is caused by metrosexuality, according to a physician; healthcare in Turkey is big business; and a selfie-snapping statue is vandalised in the Northern Turkish city of Amasya.
Turkey's future in the balance as country gears up for election
Turkey's general election at the beginning of June is shaping up to be a game changer for the country. With dissatisfaction with the ruling party AKP at an all time high, and the economy facing problems, voters are looking for alternatives. Like with the UK election and the Scottish National Party, an outsider is creating a stir. Pro-Kurdish party HDP is the outsider that is appealing to ethnic minorities and left-wing voters. Let's examine the main players - and the possible outcomes of the election.
Turkey tourism round up
↵All the latest tourism news coming out of Turkey regarding everything to do with the tourism industry, including Turkey’s role as “powerhouse” in tourism praised ahead of G20 meeting in Antalya, as well as great news coming out from Turkish Airlines for those seeking more options for flights, and finally a look at some fascinating areas to visit for tourists this summer with all the statistics and information to help you decide where you will be heading in Turkey with the family this summer. Our round up of Turkish news for May 2015.
Botched mosaic restoration makes laughing stock of Turkish museum
A museum in Turkey’s south, famous for its huge collection of Roman mosaics, has become famous for another reason: the terrible restoration of some of its ancient works. Stones of different colours and shapes have replaced the original stones in some of the works, rendering the facial expressions on the artwork unrecognisable. The craftsman who took before and after pictures of the works said they have become “a caricature”. Work at the museum has been suspended.
Near death experience leads to nail-biting cliff rescue in Fethiye
A simple day out became a terrifying ordeal for a British father and son when a quad bike rolled off a cliff face, resulting in a 20-metre plunge for 52-year-old Gareth Soden, followed by a two-hour rescue that involved a dash to find help and two rescue teams and the fire brigade, who carried out an incredible cliff-face recovery and medical intervention.
“Stupid blonde” comment fires up social media
Famously cantankerous Ankara Mayor Melih Gokcek has come under fire for tweeting comments calling a US State Department official a "stupid blonde", accusing her of silence over the ongoing protests in Baltimore. The Mayor, who is quick to lash out at opponents on Twitter, and in some cases even opening lawsuits against them, has been accused of hypocrisy.