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According to a new report by Fuzul Group, ‘Revenue from Home Sales to Foreigners’, the value of Turkish real estate sales to foreigners in the last 15 years is almost $42 billion, with sales in the last 5 years accounting for almost half of this value. The value of real estate sales (to foreigners) in 2017 was $4.64 billion, almost a five fold increase on the value of sales in 2003. The fact that...
More than 60.1 million people travelled through Turkish airports in the first 4 months of the year, according to the General Directorate of State Airports Authority (DHMİ). The DHMİ said that international passenger numbers reached 22.6 million from January to April, up 22.1% on the same period last year. Domestic passenger numbers increased by 18.5% to reach 37.45 million. The total amount of...
The government have recently announced a new incentives package designed to further boost the growing demand for healthcare tourism in Turkey. Finance Minister Naci Ağbal announced that along with the recent re-enactment of VAT regulations for the private health sector, foreign individuals will now no longer be required to pay VAT on any services received within this sector. For those companies...
Turkey has welcomed just over  5.1 million overseas visitors in the first 3 months of the year, Culture  and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş announced yesterday (Friday) – he highlighted the fact that this was an all-time high and an increase of around 36% compared to the same period in 2017. The Minister also announced the launch of the The Tourism Advisory Board, comprised of Turkish Airlines...
Continuing the theme of a return to form for Turkish tourism, UK bookings for Turkish holidays have increased by a staggering 86% compared to the same period last year. In their latest ‘Travel Trends’ report, Thomas Cook reveal that Turkey is now so popular that it is outselling mainland Spain and the Canary Islands combined. They also say that the only reason Spain is holding onto its No.1 spot...
The number of Turkish properties sold to foreigners last month increased by 15.8% over the same month last year. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), foreigners purchased a total of 1.827 properties in March – the top 5 regions were Istanbul, Antalya, Bursa, Yalova and Trabzon. The No.1 buyers were Iraqis with 348 purchases, followed by Saudis (181), Iranians (156), Russians...
The MOST powerful passport for 2018 has been revealed, with one country standing out as enabling more visa free travel than any other. The Passport Index, produced annually by Henley Global, shows how many countries the holder can enter either without a visa or receiving a visa upon entry.  Holding on to the title for the 5th year in a row, the German passport is officially the world’s most...
So – as 2017 comes to a close, what for Alanya’s second home market in 2018? We all know that the primary second home market has its fundamentals firmly ensconced within the tourism sector – indeed, if the tourists stop coming, then so do the second home buyers. After a pretty torrid 2016, the tourism market hit back strongly in 2017, with visitor numbers some 25% above its ‘annus horribilus’!....
Speaking at a meeting to discuss 4th quarter financial results, TUI CEO Friedrich Reissen announced that the company had seen a 70% year on year increase in demand for Turkish holidays for 2018. Sam Turner, head of Hotelbeds and TUI’s primary distribution partner, has confirmed (in line with Friedrich’s announcement), that contracts have already been signed with 400 hotels in Turkey for the...
Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has announced that 31.4 million tourists will have visited Turkey by the close of the year, a year on year increase of nearly 25%. Speaking to the A Haber news agency, Kurtulmuş said that he was looking at a minimum target of  35 million tourists for 2018, adding that a higher figure was also possible. Should this minimum be achieved, this would be...
The Turkish Healthcare Travel Council (THTC) have reported that, from January to November,  751.000 tourists visited Turkey specifically for medical and healthcare treatments – the highest previous annual number of medical tourists was achieved in 2015, with 746.000. It is expected that Turkey will have received 760.000 medical tourists by the end of the year, generating revenues of around $1.8...
Turkey is now the fastest growing economy of all G20 countries’, posting an impressive growth rate of 11.1% in the 3rd quarter of the year. The only country to post a double digit growth rate, Turkey easily outpaced the countries in 2nd and 3rd spots, namely China and India, with growth rates of 6.8% and 6.3% respectively. This growth well exceeded the consensus (among economists) estimates of 9....

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