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  • Maras town in Northern Cyprus hosts nearly 200,000 tourists

    Economic, tourism potential of town, also known as Varosha, will benefit TRNC, says president The town of Maras in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), which was partially reopened to the public in 2020 after 47 years, has attracted nearly 200,000 visitors, the country’s president said Tuesday. Ersin Tatar told reporters in Turkey’s Mersin province that the reopening of Maras brought innovation and expansion to the city of Gazimagusa. Maras is located in the southern part of the city. Tatar said the economic and tourism potential of the town, also known as Varosha, would benefit the […] More

  • Turkey’s finance minister meets with German business leaders

    Turkey’s economic policies solid, country to remain firm in orthodox economic policy Turkish Finance and Treasury Minister Lutfi Elvan gathered with top managers of German companies Tuesday for introducing investment opportunities in Turkey. Recalling that the Turkish economy expanded by 1.8% in 2020, Elvan said preliminary data signals positive GDP results in 2021 for Turkey. “Turkey’s economy may show a GDP growth rate of 7% as of the end of this year,” he noted. Despite increases in prices of goods, there are some positive developments on the current deficit side, he noted, adding that export performance, decreasing […] More

  • Turkey resumes major train line after COVID-19 suspension

    Eastern Express, which runs 1,310 km between Ankara, Kars railway stations, departs from eastern Kars province The Eastern Express, an overnight passenger train operated by the Turkish State Railways (TCDD), resumed its services on Monday after a suspension due to coronavirus restrictions in the country. The eastbound train, which runs 1,310 kilometers (814 miles) between Ankara and Kars railway stations, departed from eastern Kars province on early Monday. The Eastern Express attracts great attention from foreign tourists and university students, as well as travel and sightseeing enthusiasts as it covers one of the longest routes in the […] More

  • ‘Turkey to join top-tier countries politically, economically,’ president vows

    Turkey will soon be counted among the world’s top-tier countries, both politically and economically, the country’s president said Monday. “Amid the restructuring of the global management and economic system, we have seized the most important opportunity of the last two centuries to bring Turkey to the place it deserves,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a nearly two-hour Cabinet meeting at the presidential complex in the capital Ankara. With the fall in COVID-19 cases and an expedited vaccination drive in the country, Turkey has entered a new normalization phase, lifting almost all virus-related restrictions. Erdogan said that the country’s new normalization […] More

  • At least 307,000 Russian tourists flock to Turkey’s Antalya in 2 weeks

    Nearly 1,100 Russian airplanes landed at Antalya Airport over last 2 weeks, headed for sunny Turkish resort Over the last two weeks, the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, the pearl of the Turkish Riviera, welcomed over 307,000 Russian tourists, according to official data. A total of 1,095 airplanes from Russia landed at Antalya Airport in the last two weeks, said Provincial Culture and Tourism Directorate data released Monday. Antalya, a major holiday hub, attracts tourists from many countries with its sun, sea, and sand as well as historical and natural beauties, colorful culture, and luxury resorts. The […] More

  • Turkey’s famed Cappadocia drew over 150,000 tourists this June

    As tourism picks up in Turkey thanks to effective COVID-19 safety measures, the picturesque Cappadocia region drew over 150,000 visitors this June, according to the latest official figures. A total of 150,282 domestic and international tourists came to explore the charming touristic hub in the central Nevsehir province, famed for its distinctive fairy chimneys, underground cities, cave hotels, and hot-air balloon rides, the Nevsehir Culture and Tourism Directorate said in a statement. Visitors to Cappadocia have a host of attractions to choose from, including the famed Goreme Open-Air Museum, the archeology and ethnography museums in Nevsehir, Urgup and Hacibektas, the […] More

  • Cappadocia-themed restaurant opens in Nigeria

    A Cappadocia-themed restaurant opened in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, offering its customers the experience of being in Cappadocia without ever going to Turkey. The restaurant, designed with a cave concept, makes customers feel as if they are visiting Turkey via videos of Cappadocia projected over the walls. Speaking to Anadolu Agency, owner of the restaurant, Oliver George, said he arrived in Nigeria from Canada more than three years ago. About the concept of the restaurant, George said: “We initially thought of a restaurant with a cave concept. Then we came across Cappadocia by coincidence while doing research on the […] More

  • Turkish, Finnish foreign ministers discuss bilateral, regional issues

    The Turkish foreign minister on Thursday met with his Finnish counterpart and discussed bilateral and regional issues as well as EU-Turkey relations. Speaking at a joint news conference after their bilateral meeting, Turkey’s Mevlut Cavusoglu and Finland’s Pekka Haavisto underlined the importance of EU-Turkey relations to counter common challenges. “We discussed Turkey’s relations with the EU and the regional issues, including Cyprus, the situation in Sub Saharan Africa, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh region, Ukraine, the Black Sea, and also the migration issue. This is a real challenge,” said Cavusoglu. “We want to restore the Helsinki spirit in our relations with the European […] More

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