Protests fail to deter tourists
With the recent protests in Istanbul seemingly deterring people from travelling to Turkey, this article shows that actually, the tourism industry in Turkey has continued to fledge and prove a hot destination for millions of tourists who are planning summer holidays along Turkey's Mediterranean coast line with an increase of over 14% on the same period during last year.
Arab influx bolsters Turkish housing boom
Last year, Arab buyers of property in Turkey snapped up 2,700 properties in the first ten months of the whole year - out of the 21,700 total purchased by foreign buyers, including those from previous top countries including Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and the Netherlands. Following the reciprocity law removal in 2012, Arab buyers have been flocking to Turkey under the new conditions, and this year is no different, with revenue from property sales in Turkey expected to increase further again with analysts predicting $5 billion in sales for the year ahead.
Turkish Lira rallies into second quarter 2014
We predicted on 28 January 2014 when we said "invest now for maximum discounts and take advantage of falling Turkish Lira before it reverses again before the end of April 2014". We were spot on. Since the local elections of 30 March, Turkish Lira started rallying up against hard currencies just as we thought it would. Your window of opportunity to secure maximum discounts due to low Turkish currency is disappearing day by day as the Lira moves to reverse its losses and as Turkish government announces new positive economic indicators
Turkey votes for prosperity at local elections
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan's AKP manages to win a clear victory at local elections held on 30 March 2014 in what is seen as a major support for his popularity and governing party. According to many commentators, Turkey voted for continued prosperity and development. They voted for economic growth, improved health service and infrastructure enhancements, which AKP has been very successful in delivering since coming to power in 2002. Despite severe allegations by the opposition of misconduct by AKP officials (none proved) leading up to elections, it appears that Turks were not deterred from voting for their best economic interests.
Once Ottoman Crimea Haemorrhoid of Russia
The once Ottoman ruled Crimea has been the focus point of international news for some time recently due to the increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia over the region. The region is strategically important to both nations for oil pipelines and port access to the Black Sea for distribution of oil and gas, Crimea is seemingly at a breaking point with over 50% of current residents being Russian, 24% being Ukrainian, and over 10% having Turkish roots - we take a look at why is Crimea such an important region for all countries involved? And what is the likely outcome of the current tension between the nations?
Julianne Moore set to be the face of Turkey
Oscar nominated actress Julianne Moore is set to become the new face of Turkey by starring in a series of new films shot later this year to promote Turkish tourism overseas worldwide and beyond. The multi-award winning actress will work alongside acclaimed documentary photographers such as the famous Steve McCurry to bring out the best of Turkey and show exactly why Turkey is currently ranked as the 4th best destination for tourism in Europe and 6th in the entire world by the World Tourist Barometer - those who have previously been to Turkey will know more than most what makes this nation such a difficult one to resist.
Turkish Central Bank raises interest rates to 12%
With growing pressure from investors to intervene in the fall of Turkish Lira, Erdem Basci of Central Bank of Turkey raised overnight lending rates to 12% from 7.5% in an emergency meeting held on 28 January 2014. The size of the hike came as a shock to most analysts, who expected a rise but not to this magnitude. On the other hand, CBRT's decision to oppose Prime Minister Erdogan's suggestion not to increase interest rates was perceived as bold and positive indicating monetary policy independence. Erdem Basci wowed to rescue Turkish Lira and ensure that inflationary pressures are kept under control. Immediately after the announcement Turkish Lira recorded a sharp rise against USD on 29 January.
Foreign buyers to get title to property in ONE day
Revised foreign nationals military clearance process will reduce the time overseas property buyers register title deed (TAPU) in Turkey to just ONE day. This means easier mortgages, access to better bargains and auction deals, as well as a safer and more transparent real estate purchase process. This will open up opportunities for foreign nationals to participate in bank repossessions, property auctions and distressed sales. Real estate investments from overseas expected to increase by up to 30% in the forthcoming 18 months.
Gate to Hell found in Pamukkale Turkey
If you thought that Turkey was all sun, sand, sea, and beaches - think again. After spending a day lounging by some of the prettiest beaches in Europe, why not take a trip to the recently discovered Gate to Hell? A recently discovered site at the ancient home of Phrygian of Hierapolis, near Pamukkale in Turkey, has recently been confirmed to have been home to Pluto's Gate - the entrance into the underworld. Have a read to discover the fascinating history and story behind the Gate to Hell. Would you care to buy your Turkish house near the Gate to Hell?
Heavy crude oil discovered in Turkey Iraq border
Turkey has made an oil start to 2014 with the discoveries of 3 oil reserves in 3 different parts of the country. In addition, Iraqi Kurds announced that 12 million barrels of crude oil will be pumped to Turkey from end of January 2014. Turkey has announced its own agenda to start serious explorations for crude oil. A key player in Iraqi Kurdish oil will be newly formed Genel Energy of Rothschild merging Turkish Genel Energy International with an IPO backed entity. Will the discovery of new oil reserves have an impact on property prices in Turkey?
Why Turkish Lira weakening against USD August 2013
Recently you may have seen that the Turkish Lira has weakened against the USD and other hard currencies in the world. In this news post, we take a look at why this has happened, and answer the question of whether Turkey is still a strong nation for investors to place their money.
Europe to Asia in 4 minutes thanks to Marmaray Istanbul
After the opening of the first tunnel in the world that connects two different continents in just 4 minutes, the brand new Marmaray tunnel connecting European and Asian sides of Istanbul is set to lead a revolution of infrastructure in Turkey by Recep Tayyip Erdogan including the opening of a 3rd airport and a 28 mile long canal. No doubt these will pay dividends to the nation's prospering economy in the long run by opening a wave of new trade links and business possibilities for Turkey.