Dalaman, Turkey: An interesting propsect

Last week, budget airline Easyjet flew their first flight of a new thrice-weekly service to Dalaman, Turkey from London Gatwick. The new service is expected to open up the property market around the town, which is situated on the south-west coast of Turkey, and both property prices and rental prices are expected to grow in the area.

60,000 passengers are expected to visit Dalaman over the next year, and Easyjet have already announced that they will be increasing the frequency of the flights to five times a week as of May 2008. Brits are already known for their love of second homes on the continent and with Spain falling slightly out of favour, many are turning their attention to other countries such as Turkey. With the new low-cost flights now running, it is expected that many British buyers will flock to the area.

Turkey already has a booming tourism industry with around 27 million expected to visit the country in 2008 alone. The increased low-cost flights to the country will further strengthen the tourism industry and it is expected that rental returns in tourism hotspots will increase.

Aside from the increased travel links, Dalaman is doing much to encourage tourism and foreign property investors – there are plans in place for 70,000 new hotels beds, two thermal spa centres and a golf course, all due for completion next year. A new road tunnel opened 2 years ago means the area is now just 15 minutes drive from the upmarket yachting town of Gocek.

All of this means that for anyone looking to buy property in Turkey, Dalaman is definitely worth considering.

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