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Turkey Tourism 2017 – Holidaymakers returning.

Turkey Tourism 2017

Turkey Tourism 2017 – Great News! Holidaymakers returning. Recent Turkey tourism statistics show an 18% increase in foreign arrivals during April 2017. Hotel occupancy levels were also up almost 10% on last year, to 61.2% according to statistics from the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. This is great news ... Read More »

Good news for foreigners in Turkey – New Turkuaz Card system introduced.

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Good news for foreign professionals, academics and investors looking to work in Turkey – last week saw the new Turkuaz Card system published in the Official Gazette. This means it has now been given the go ahead on a trial basis and applications are now being accepted. What is the ... Read More »

Erdogan urges Turks abroad to holiday in Turkey

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In a further attempt to boost tourist numbers in 2017, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Turks residing abroad to head back to their own country and holiday in Turkey according to the Hurriyet yesterday. In a meeting with tourism representatives at the Presidential Palace, Erdogan said that Turkey intends ... Read More »

Positive changes to Turkish Residence Permit regulations on the horizon

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Turkey’s Ministry of the Interior recently used Twitter to announce a set of new Turkish Residency Permit regulations that could bode well for foreigners looking to reside in Turkey. A number of tweets appeared last Tuesday (August 16th) on https://twitter.com/Gocidaresi indicating positive extensions and updates to current validity periods were ... Read More »

Will the ‘turquoise card’ mean easier employment for foreigners in Turkey?

Turquoise card

There has been a number of press reports recently surrounding the implications of the proposed new ‘turquoise card’ system. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli announced on June 13th that a “series of regulations would be introduced to improve the employment conditions for foreigners”. These ... Read More »

“Come to Turkey” says Mayor of Fethiye to BBC listeners.

Behcet Saatci

In a special report aired on BBC Radio 5 Live, journalist Nick Garnett interviewed the Mayor of Fethiye, Behcet Saatci, and spoke to tourists and business owners around the region. The report, part of a 3 hour long breakfast show, tackled the topics at the forefront of many tourists and ... Read More »

Is Turkey safe in 2016? Consider this…

Is Turkey safe in 2016? Consider this… There have been bombings in London. Did you cancel that camping trip to Cornwall or that lazy cruise along the Norfolk Broads? There have been riots in Birmingham. Did you opt out of that Stag do in Blackpool or cancel that weekend away ... Read More »

Erdogan cracking down on smoking outdoors.

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According to the Hurriyet last Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan intends imposing an outdoor smoking ban later this year as part of his “war against the habit”. This announcement was made by Mehmet Muezzinoglu, the Turkish Health Minister. It comes the day after Erdogan hosted a World Smoking Cessation Day ... Read More »

Genuine fake Picasso found by police in Istanbul

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A painting by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso recovered in Istanbul last weekend is dismissed as a fake. Istanbul authorities were excited to announce that the original painting Woman Dressing Her Hair by Picasso was recovered by Turkish officers in an Istanbul cafe last weekend. According to the Guardian and Anotolia ... Read More »

“Turkey is a safe port for investment” says Turkish PM

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According to a report yesterday in the Daily Sabah, Turkey’s Prime Minister believes, “Turkey is preforming well”. He believes that the countries current economic reform agenda holds the key for investors seeking opportunities in today’s problematic economy. Turkey’s PM Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in London yesterday on a whistle stop 2 ... Read More »

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