Category: Turkey News

Turkey draws nearly 25M foreign visitors in 7 months

Turkey welcomed 24.69 million foreign visitors in the first seven months of this year, according to new Culture and Tourism Ministry data. The number of foreigners visiting the country rose 14.1% in January-July from the previous year, according to the data released Thursday. The historic metropolis of Istanbul remained Turkey’s top tourist draw, attracting 34.2% […]

Tourists’ shopping in Turkey up 70% in first 7 months

Tourists visiting Turkey made more shopping in the first seven months of 2019, compared to the same period last year, according to a shopping tax refund firm’s Turkey branch. The tourists’ shopping activities rose nearly 70% in the January-July period, Selim Seyhun, Turkey head of the Global Blue company, told Anadolu Agency. “It showed that […]

Turkey hosts 116.8M air passengers in Jan.-July

Turkish airports saw a total of 116.8 million passengers — including direct transit passengers — during the first seven months of 2019, the country’s air travel authority announced on Tuesday. The number of domestic passengers was 58.6 million while 58.1 million international air passengers were served by Turkey’s airports in the Jan.-July period, according to […]

Turkish president cuts ribbon on mega-highway project

Turkey’s president on Sunday cut the ribbon on a 426-kilometer (264-mile) mega-highway project between the coastal cities of Istanbul and Izmir, a project that will slash the travel time between the metropolises by more than half. “Tourism, trade, and industry will gain momentum and [this highway] will significantly contribute to our country,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan […]

Turkey Unveils Canal Istanbul Project route

Turkey on Monday unveiled the “most appropriate” route for the Canal Istanbul Project, which is an artificial sea-level waterway parallel to the Bosphorus that is to connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. “The Kucukcekmece-Sazlidere-Durusu corridor was chosen as the most appropriate route for Canal Istanbul,” Transportation, Maritime and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan […]

Turkish consumer confidence soars in January

Confidence in the Turkish economy has soared in January, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) reported on Tuesday. The consumer confidence index jumped 11.1 percent in January, to 72.3, from 65.1 in December, according to the report. Official data showed that the downward trend in consumer confidence that started in August 2017 ceased in January 2018. […]

Arabs continue to prefer to buy houses in Turkey

Iraqis, Saudis and Kuwaitis came in the top three among foreigners who bought homes in Turkey last year. Arabs continue to prefer buying homes from Turkey, especially from Istanbul, where data from the Turkish Statistics Agency showed a 22.2% increase in the purchase of foreigners in Turkey in 2017 compared to 2016, led by Iraqis, […]

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