When It Comes To Conventions…

ISTANBUL IS A BRIDGE CONNECTING NOT ONLY THE EAST AND THE WEST, BUT ALSO THE PAST AND THE FUTURE. ISTANBUL, TURKEY’S CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC CAPITAL, HAS BEEN AN ATTRACTIVE SETTLEMENT FOR VARIOUS CIVILIZATIONS SINCE ANCIENT TIMES.

Today, the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful flavors of the city’s rich cuisine. Istanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life. It is also an attractive destination for international meetings.

ICVB, the destination marketing organization and official convention bureau of İstanbul, plays a key role in the city’s success as a leading congress destination thanks to effective promotion and marketing activities supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, İstanbul Chamber of Commerce and Turkish Airlines. ICVB’s “İstanbul Congress Ambassador” program made a huge impact. Within the context of this campaign, ICVB cooperated with national associations and academics that became İstanbul’s congress ambassadors and invited their colleagues to meet in İstanbul. In addition to its state-of-the-art convention and exhibition centers, İstanbul also stands out due to its accessibility from anywhere in the world. Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines, Turkey’s flag carrier and Europe’s Best Airline in 2012, provides convenience to the congress sector through special services and programs as the official airline for congresses.

TURKISH AIRLINES’ SUPPORT
Speaking recently at the ‘Be An Istanbul Convention Ambassador’ program and awards ceremony held at the Golden Horn Congress Center, the airline’s CEO Temel Kotil, Ph.D. said, “With products especially targeting the conventions sector, Turkish Airlines is bringing the world to convention city Istanbul and saving travelers time. We are the 10th most popular congress city and it won’t be long until we are the first.”

Contact address for convention products:
CONVENTIONS@THY.COM

Yılmaz Tecmen
President of the İstanbul Chamber of Commerce & ICVB

“In the beginning of 2000s, İstanbul hosted 20 international congresses in a year and ranked 40th in ICCA’s listings. To be able to increase the number of international congresses to 113 and rank 9th in the world in 2011 is a huge success. İstanbul’s goal should be to strengthen its place within the top 10 and eventually to rank among the top 5 leading congress destinations in the world in the next 5 years.’’

TUGEV-ICVB Vice President/PresIdent of the ICVB Executive Committee
“As a tourism volunteer, I am very pleased that Istanbul has become a preferred destination for high-level international conventions and other events and one of the world’s most popular convention destinations according to ICCA statistics. This success reflects İstanbul’s centuries old appeal as a meeting place of continents and cultures.’’