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Turkey leads Greece in retail business February 1, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Turkey, Yunanistan.
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Shopping centers open 24 hours in Istanbul create an example for Greek retailers, says daily Ethnos.
Shopping centers open 24 hours in Istanbul create an example for Greek retailers, says daily Ethnos.

Thanks to its 24-hour-open shopping centers in Istanbul, Turkey leads Greece on how to make retail sale and attract tourists, a Greek daily reported Monday.

Greece’s Ethnos newspaper reported that a total of 31 shopping centers in Istanbul will offer 30 percent discount and tax-free sales for clothes and household goods between March 18 and Apr. 26 for 24 hours long, an annual shopping fest.

The slogan of the Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry is “Shopping and entertainment for 40 days and 40 nights. Istanbul is ready for the biggest shopping fest,” the newspaper reported.

“We still discuss in Greece whether the stores will be open on Sundays or not, and if the working hours will be extended or not and how to prevent investments in shopping centers,” according to a statement of big retail chain officials, Ethnos reported. “Meanwhile, the Turkish government launches such a brave activity to contribute to the Istanbul market by attracting tourists,” it said.

A great number of tourists from all the Mediterranean countries including Greek tourists are expected to attend the aforementioned “shopping fest,” Ethnos said.

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