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Thursday, 31 March 2011

Turkey aims to increase share in health tourism by 2020

Turkey earned $850 million from health tourism in 2010 and is set to grab a greater share of the sector over the next decade.

The country wants to provide health services to some 500,000 foreign nationals by 2020 and earn $10 billion.

The newly set up Turkish Health Tourism Business Council is looking to set up collaborations with foreign health insurance companies and countries such as Kuwait so they send their patients to Turkey.

The new board is also counting on the 43 million people in the United States without health insurance to choose Turkey for high-quality medical services at affordable prices.
Would you choose Turkey for medical services?

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Turkey to host 2014 Women's Basketball Championship

Turkey will host the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, the world basketball’s governing body announced.

Turkey won the bidding with an overwhelming majority of votes, 16-4, over Australia.
The group stages of the tournament are to be played in the Darüşşafaka Ayhan Şahenk Sports Hall and the Fenerbahçe Ülker Arena, while the final match venue is yet to be decided.

The success of this bid is attributed to the good job done by Turkey when it hosted last year’s Men’s World Championship.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Famous Turkish singer shot and in critical condition

Famous Turkish singer Ibrahim Tatlises is in critical condition after he was shot in the head in an armed attack in Istanbul last Sunday night.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the singer as he was leaving the private Beyaz TV channel building. Tatlises was with his assistant who was also injured in the attack.

The star underwent surgery at the Maslak Acibadem Hospital and according to his doctor is now out of critical condition but there is still a 10 per cent risk of death from his injuries.

Tatlıses’ fans have surrounded the hospital and impatiently wait for the singer to say a couple of words for them. However, the doctors have said that it is too early for that.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Antalya famous for something other than tourism

Turkey’s southern city of Antalya is internationally known as one of the best tourism destination in the world but it is also becoming known in the global agricultural arena as well.
Antalya joined the ‘Billion Club’ last year as the total value of its exports, nearly half of which were fresh fruits and vegetables was over $1 billion.

It turns out Antalya has been climbing the agriculture rankings for years and is now one of the sector’s shining stars.

Expanding its share in the agriculture sector, Antalya breached the $1 billion export mark mostly due to increases in fresh fruit and vegetable production, which amounts to nearly half of the province’s total exports. Antalya’s agriculture produce is usually exported to European and Middle Eastern countries.

It looks like Antalya properties are not the only investment opportunity in Antalya as fruit production in Antalya has also seen a rise in the number of investments it is attracting. It is not all about tourism any more.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Press freedom march takes place in Istanbul

Yesterday saw the largest organised protest to take place in Turkey in recent times take place in Istanbul. The protest is a responds to recent waves of arrests of journalists in Turkey.

Thousands marched in central Istanbul calling for the release of 68 arrested journalists and freedom for the press in Turkey.

Thousands of journalists and their supporters from other professions marched down İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district for more than an hour, demanding the immediate release of all arrested journalists and amendments to the Turkish Penal Code, or TCK.

Currently, there are more than 2,000 open court cases against journalists and media outlets and over 4,000 on - going investigations against journalists in Turkey.

The notion that journalists are persecuted in a place such as Turkey does raise serious concerns; the whole world will be keeping an eye on what happens next.

Turkey’s election process starts today

Time really does fly, four years has past and it’s almost time for Turkey’s general elections once again. On the 12th of June 2011, the Millions of Turkish voters will go to ballot boxes elect their leaders.

Turkey’s Supreme Board of Election (YSK) announced the official election process starts today, 14th of March.
According to the board, the lists for neighbourhood units will be made public on March 18 and will be available until March 31.

Once voter lists are clear, voter information cards will be prepared and they will be distributed to electors starting from April 24.
The final lists of deputy candidates of political parties and independent candidates will be announced as of April 29.

The Election process will then start at customs gates on May 10. Election propaganda will take start and restrictions to be implemented during the election process will take effect as of June 2.
Propaganda speeches will be aired on radio and TV channels starting from June 5 and the propaganda period will be over as of 6 p.m. on June 11.

Millions of Turkish voters will go to ballot boxes to elect their administrators on June 12.
Turkish people go to ballot booths for general elections every four years.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Tatavla Carnival returns to the streets of Istanbul.

Turkey’s most famous Christian carnival, Tatavla is back after a sixty-nine year hiatus. The annual carnival, which stopped in 1941 because of political fluctuations in the country, was revived last year.

The famous carnival takes place before Lent by Greeks in Şişli’s Kurtuluş district, once known as Tatavla. It is however not just for Greeks, all Christians can enjoy this colourful carnival.

While almost all carnivals are organized in restaurants or association buildings out of sight, the Tatavla Carnival, which has been a tradition of hundreds of years, is organized last year on the streets of Istanbul.

It is worth checking out if you are in Istanbul for Easter.

Monday, 7 March 2011

Europe’s tallest building unveiled in Istanbul

Dubbed the Istanbul Sapphire, it stands at 261m-high and cost $250 million. Located at the Istanbul's Levent main business district, it is strategically located in the middle of the city's central Besiktas, Etiler and Sisli districts.

The 64-storey Istanbul Sapphire is not just the tallest building in Turkey, it also takes the crown as first ecological building in Turkey.

The Sapphire is 368 meters above sea level and 238 meters above ground and has a structural height of 261 meters including its spire, which is part of the design.
It features 64 floors with 54 above-ground and 10 basement floors. It also includes communal living floors, six parking lots, a 35,000 square metre shopping mall, 22 different 174 dwellings and 47 floors for residences.

It was designed by Turkish architectural firm, Tabanlioglu Architecture and built by Biskon Construction, a subsidiary of the Kiler group of companies.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Top reasons cited in Turkish divorces

A recent study revealed the main reasons cited in Turkish divorces were interference in personal decisions by husbands, domestic violence, economic problems such as credit card bills and pressure from parents.

The report noted that most Turkish couples divorce within the first five years of marriage with the decision to divorce is usually made between the first and third year of marriage.

The survey found women often complained that their husbands acted differently when around their parents. Both male and female respondents cited family pressure as an influential factor in the decision to separate. Families often interfered in couples’ relationships in issues related to money problems and family life, the report found.

Women complained of husbands criticizing their clothing choices; 70 per cent cited interference by their husbands as the cause of most fights between them. 36 per cent of women and 32 per cent of men accused their ex-spouse of humiliating them.

Also consumption of alcohol was cited by 30 per cent of divorced women surveyed as having an impact on their decision to divorce, the report said. Half of the women respondents accused their ex-husbands of negligence and 41 per cent said the main reason for their divorce was their husband’s exaggerated interest in parents and relatives.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Turkish PM wins libel case against British newspaper

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has successfully sued British newspaper the Daily Telegraph over claims made in the newspaper in September of last year.

The paper alleged the Prime minister's Justice and Development Party or AKP had accepted a $25 million campaign donation from Iran.

Erdoğan's lawyer, Emma Edhem, said that the politician's reputation had been harmed by the "false and defamatory" claim.

A British court yesterday ruled in favour of Turkey's prime minister and ordered the daily to pay 25,000 British pounds in compensation.

The British high court ruled that the Daily Telegraph did not ground its allegations that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had received a political donation from Iran on concrete evidence and that the story was inaccurate.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Antalya to explore highland meadow tourism

Authorities in Antalya are looking to diversify into other forms of tourism in an effort to bring in even more tourism revenue.
Already famous for its sun, sand and sea, authorities want to open up the rugged highland meadows of the Toros Mountains for tourism. As part of an ambitious 10-year plan, state authorities are eying a number of measures to bring more services to the largely isolated meadows.

Although highland meadow tourism is more commonly associated with the Black Sea region, Antalya possesses largely untouched highland areas that offer breathtaking scenery, undiscovered caves and stunning streams on the edges of the rugged Toros Mountains.
Currently the area seriously lacks infrastructure but the plans to open it up to tourism means there will be plans to find suitable locations for the construction of boutique hotels, ski centers, trails and camping centers. 
Antalya has been a tourism hotspot for some years now and with such plans in the works to further improve the area, it looks like its tourism potential is limitless.