Thermal Hotel

Turkey, Tunceli, changed the face of Thermal Hotel opened in Pertek

virtually 85,000 people and the least developed areas of Turkey, a long-held reputation for for being one of the city with a population of Tunceli, eastern Anatolia, has been lately undergoing a major the conversion. $ 10,000,000 (€ 7,600,000) with the investment value – the region’s largest tourism resort development the back of this amendment.

Selahattin Serefoglu, an investor in the project, said, “Hopefully it will lead the way for further investments in the region,” in an interview with the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

Previously deprived of large scale investments, Tunceli has been shrugging off its negative reputation as a long forgotten city.

Located in Tunceli’s Pertek district near Keban Dam Lake, the Pertek Thermal Hotel is the first large scale tourism facility to be developed in the region. The project aims to capitalize on the healthy thermal waters of the lake, which have been scientifically proven to promote healthy skin and aid in the treatment of other conditions such as osteolysis and prostate cancer.

“The drive behind such an investment was to contribute to regional development, as well as to show that Tunceli has enough potential to compete with the western cities in the tourism sector,” Serefoglu said.

With a construction business in Ankara, Serefoglu hopes that the Pertek Thermal Hotel will be a model for other investments in the region. He said the development will dramatically change the city and bring new employment opportunities.

The site of the hotel spans an area of 200,000 m² with a capacity to host up to 1000 quests, who have access to thermal pools, saunas, Jacuzzis, cold water pools and other luxuries. It will also offer longer term accommodation after the completion of an apartment facility toward the end of the year.

At the moment the facility employs 65 staff, and has been fully booked for the duration of Ramadan. “The majority of our guests come from nearby cities like Diyarbakir, Malatya, Elazig, as well as locals who come especially during the week,” said hotel general manager Yusuf Fehmi Kocak.

Serefoglu said that the state does not give extra incentives to tourism investments in the east, apart from some small tax and insurance advantages. However the state has allocated the site to the hotel for a duration of 49 years.

“Investments such as this thermal spring are very important for the district in terms of providing employment. These kinds of investments will also end the security problems in the region,” said Pertek Gov. Murat Cagri Erdinc, who thanked Serefoglu for constructing the spring in the district.

Erdinc claimed that the Pertek district in eastern Anatolia was similar to the Bodrum district of Mugla, a southwestern city, and offered the same recreational potential.…

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Magnesia Shopping Center

About creating REDEVCO Turkey will start. Magnesia Shopping Center 17,000 square meters in the first quarter of 2011.

Manisa is one of the most industrialized provinces in Turkey’s Aegean Region and has a total population of 1,330,000. The center will offer a 4,500-m² hypermarket, a 1,500-m² cinema complex, 1,500 m² of food court and more than 8,500 m² of retail area spread over 65 units. The shopping center will also provide more than 400 parking spaces. Magnesia Shopping Center is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012.

Magnesia Shopping Center will offer a wide variety of well-known brands in Turkey from menswear and womenswear, sportswear and casual wear to kidswear, accessories and lingerie. Redevco Turkey has started the leasing process and has already signed a number of agreements. Redevco’s tenants in Gordion Shopping Center and Erzurum Shopping Center have shown a keen interest in Magnesia Shopping Center. One of the biggest international hypermarket operators has already committed itself to the project.

Magnesia Shopping Center, designed by RedevConcepts, is a three-level shopping center located on Manisa’s main road, by a green park area. The natural height difference of the site offers the opportunity to create two ground level entrances. One entrance is situated on the Mimar Sinan Boulevard, which is the main artery of Manisa, and will create an attractive square with cafés and restaurants looking onto the mountains. The other entrance is on Ali Riza Efendi Street, which connects directly to the neighborhood. The architecture of the center is based on local materials such as stucco, wood and rough natural stone blocks.

Redevco already opened two shopping centers in 2009: the approx. 50,000-m² Gordion Shopping Center in Ankara and the 32,000-m² Erzurum Shopping Center in Erzurum.

To improve energy efficiency and to promote green design, the Magnesia Shopping Center, designed by RedevConcepts, is being developed according to BREEAM standards. BREEAM is the world’s longest established and most widely used green building standard. Gordion Shopping Center and Erzurum Shopping Center were both awarded BREEAM ‘Very Good’ certificates in 2009.…

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