Monthly residential property sales up 51 pct in Feb

Residential property sales in Turkey continue its upward trend, jumping 51.4 percent in February, compared to the same month last year, the country's statistical authority announced on March 16.

The Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) said in a statement that some 118,750 houses changed hands last month, up from almost 96,000 in the month a year earlier.

Flour industry players to meet in Antalya

Hundreds of domestic and international players in the flour industry will gather next week in Turkey's Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.

The Turkish Flour Industrialists' Federation (TFIF) will hold its 16th International Congress and Exhibition under the theme, Wheat and Flour: Production, Trade and Sustainability from March 12-15.

Best restaurants in Turkey get decorated

The newest edition of the İncili (Pearly) Gastronomy Guide 2020 was launched on Feb. 25 at a ceremony held at Shangri-La Bosphorus Hotel in Istanbul, unveiling the best restaurants of Turkey.

The guide, which has become prestigious in the gastronomy world within a very short time, has been prepared in a collaboration between daily Hürriyet and porcelain maker Karaca.

Hotel occupancy rate up in January

The hotel occupancy rate across Turkey reached 61.9 percent in January, up 6.4 percent from the same month last year, a hotel association said.

According to the Destination Performance Report prepared by the data company STR for the Turkish Hotel Association (TÜROB), the average hotel room price also soared to 68 euros (nearly $73.7) with an annual increase of 8.9 percent.

Turkey nabs nearly 2,200 irregular migrants last week

A total of 2,161 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

As many as 1,320 migrants were held in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ provinces, bordering Greece and Bulgaria.

1.8 mln foreigners visit Turkey in January

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey jumped 16.11 percent on a yearly basis in January, the country's Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Feb. 24.

Almost 1.8 million foreign visitors entered the country last month, the ministry data showed.

Istanbul continued to be Turkey's top tourist draw, attracting nearly 57 percent of all visitors - around 1 million.

British cyclist wins Tour of Antalya

British cyclist Max Stedman won first place in the overall standings of the Tour of Antalya on Feb. 23.

The fourth and final stage was held on a 136-kilometer (84-mile) track between the resort town of Side and the city of Antalya.

Tim Merlier, 23, who rides for the Alpecin-Fenix Cycling Team, won the fourth stage in two hours, 57 minutes and 31 seconds

Valentine's Day calf helps Turkish woman start farm

Nuriye Kayalı chose a calf over a diamond ring for Valentine's Day present 10 years ago. Now, she owns a farm.

"I thought I would lose the ring while working on the farm. A calf, on the other hand, was a window of opportunity," the 42-year-old woman told Anadolu Agency.

She now owns a farm of 30 cows which she calls 'love'.

Joint Turkish-German operation targets telecom fraud

Turkish and German police launched on Feb. 12 joint operations against telecom scammers illegally swindling money from elderly people in Germany, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The group of 76 scammers includes Turkish, German, Albanian, Polish and Brazilian nationals, Anadolu Agency cited anonymous judicial sources as saying.