Page 1

MEETURKEY May’2011 Year:17 No:64

Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Project Beneath Gallipoli


Web: www.tekser.com e-mail: incentive@tekser.com


From the Editor

May’2011 Year:17 NO:64

Meet the Cultural Ambassadors of Turkey Turkey is nothing as it is seen from the western world especially with the presentation of the biased media of certain countries. The reason for this is that Turks and Turkey do not have a lobby perception, it is all about that. We cannot make ourselves known and represented well globally. The amount of money spent on some advertisements and promotion attempts are not sincere and do not attract the second glimpse of the public that are weary of such big shows. Labels are not that important. The important steps are being taken by individuals with their achievements accepted, prized and applauded by the whole world. Our spring issue is flowering with these silent ambassadors that have won prizes, chosen as world president and keeping Gallipoli alive by diving into joint projects with Australians. Gonul Paksoy has won the most innovative cook-book prize with her “Edible Beads” book and her “Flowers and Flavours” book will hopefully win some more world recognition. She got the prize in Paris and she deserves to be our cultural ambassador with her collections that turn into creation. Fashion and Food find their place in the visual and sensory world of creation with a rich background culture. Fatma Torun Reid, has started the work-shops of International Family Therapy Association in Turkey and succeeded in bringing the world congress to Turkey. This year she is chosen the world president of IFTA and I have all the reason to say that she is and will be our promotional ambassador for two years and more by “positive lobbying” during her presidency. 2015 is not so far away and I was searching into the depths of the activities to include in this spring issue of the joint projects concerning Gallipoli and the Anzacs for the 100th year commemoration, Savas Karakas and the “Beyond Gallipoli” emerged from the depth of the Dardanelles. Why cant we have Savas Karakas as our tourism ambassador with his genuine excitement for Turkey on land and deep down. Mark Spencer and Tim Sullivan has under water photos of “beyond Gallipoli”, they are a piece of art. They have caught the beauty in depth even though it is sad and somehow forgotten. Istanbul has become a flower city, especially a Tulip city recently. It is a sight to sore eyes, gives you the desire to walk, drive, dive into the beautiful parks and gardens of Istanbul. Thanks to Ihsan Simsek of Parks and Gardens GM of the Istanbul Municipality. We have a little chat with him in this issue as we wanted to share this beauty with the readers. Istanbul Spring Tours can be organized in the coming years. Safranbolu is a Unesco Cultural site and we have that in this issue. We will cover the other Unesco Cultural sites in our coming issues. So many exciting news in such an exciting city with such exciting people. These are the COLORS of TURKEY that make it so unique.

Sevil Oren

4

May’2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

PUBLISHER Suat TÖRE suattore@smpublication.com EDITOR IN CHIEF Sevil ÖREN sevil@smpublication.com EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Kaya AKBAŞOĞLU kaya@smpublication.com Ali KIRGIZ ali@smpublication.com Kate CLOW kate@smpublication.com Füsun TÖRE fusun@smpublication.com Deniz TÜFEKÇİ deniz@smpublication.com Cahit ÜREN cahit@smpublication.com INT. RELATIONS Özgür TÖRE ozgur@ftnnews.com PUBLIC RELATIONS EXECUTIVE Özge TÖRE ozge@smpublication.com PHOTOS MeeTurkey Archive ART DIRECTOR Fatih TAHTALI OFFSET PREPARATION Repronet Reprodüksiyon FILM & PRINTED Özgür Matbaacılık REPRESENTATIVES * ANTALYA : Salih ÇENE salih@salihcene.com Tel: 90.242.248 50 35 -36 Fax: 90.242.248 50 36

* AUSTRALIA: Kerem Ö.KONAKCI konakci@hotmail.com Tel&Fax:0612 95692141

* BODRUM: Atilla KARABURÇAK atilla@smpublication.com Tel: 90.549 .337 65 55 * CANADA: Çetin GÜRZ cetin@smpublication.com Tel&Fax: 1.514.636 6810 * CHINA: Mr.LOUK info@tuerqi.info Tel: 86 10 65637661 Fax: 86 10 65637662 Mobile: 86 13 910881852 * FRANCE: Turgay AKSOY turaks@free.fr Tel: 33.476.87 8.2 20 Fax: 33.476.47 61 69 * ITALY: Ömer SÖZÜER omer@smpublication.com Tel: 39.2.295 23 382 Fax: 39.2.204 69 57 * IZMIR: Çetinay AKSOY cetinay@smpublication.com Tel: 90.232.433 9262 Fax: 90.232.433 9267 Mobile: 90.533.312 20 46 * RUSSIA: Nadezda BASYROVA nadya_b@rustourismnews.com Tel:79.626.05 43 21 * USA - Florida: Ünal SAVASAN unal@smpublication.com Tel: 1.954 260 96 41

SUBSCRIPTION Tel : 90.216.391 37 95 Fax: 90.216.391 37 96 ozge@smpublication.com HEAD OFFICE S&M PUBLICATION LTD. Muratreis Muradiye Mektep Sokak 13/1 Bağlarbaşı 81140 İstanbul - TURKEY Tel : 90.216.391 37 95 Fax: 90.216.391 37 96 www.smpublicatiton.com

MeeTurkey Incentive Magazine is quarterly publication and has been prepared as S&M Publication Ltd. All copyrights are reserved.

Media Partner of

Member of

ALL EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING ENQUIRIES TO Tel: 90.216.391 37 95 Fax: 90.216.391 37 96 ozge@smpublication.com


Contents

20 34 An Unusual Book of Designs

Congress Center 20 Haliç the newest congress center of Istanbul

The only seaside Congress Centre of Istanbul; Haliç Congress Center, is one of the new venues of Istanbul. With its unique single storey building architecture and spacious atmosphere the centre distinguishes itself. Ideally located at the shores of the famous Golden Horn, the centre is easily accessible via E5 and TEM Highways and is walking distance to Miniatürk and Rahmi Koç Museums. Two recently built tunnels enables the visitors to reach the centre from Beşiktaş, Şişli and Taksim areas, where most of the hotels are located, in only 10 minutes. The centre is only located 5 minutes away from the old city.

34

Gönül Paksoy, author of various original examples and projects in a wide field extending from food to clothing, from jewellery to accessories, has now united her knowledge and creativity in two different fields to present her book entitled “EDIBLE BEADS”. The book, to go on sale on May18, 2010, consists of Gönül Paksoy’s understanding of designs, showing how to interpret in universal dimensions that which has always been considered local both in Turkey and on international platforms. You will see in this book that many foods, from sage to cinnamon, from onions to potatoes, from sour cherries to mushrooms, turn into jewellery.

22 38

38 The Flower City of Tulips 22 Project Beneath Gallipoli

No sites stir the Australian imagination more than the Gallipoli landings on the Turkish Dardanelles peninsula. The events transformed these once isolated places into bloody memorials to valour and sacrifice and are etched into modern history. To Australians, the date of 25th April remains a symbol of nation building and heroism.

CONTENTS

News Line Turkey 06 ACB news 16 Mice Hotels 18 Meet at Congress Center 20 Cover Story (Project Beneath Gallipoli) 22 News Line World 28 Meet at Exhibitions 30 Meet the Culinary Designs 34 Meet at Istanbul 38 Meet in Safranbolu 40 Meet the President of IFTA 44 MICE Destinations 45 D.M. Companies 49

Who had the magic stick that turned Istanbul into a Flower City? I was curiously wondering to meet the leader and the team that was making the citizens of Istanbul so happy every spring for the past five years. The Tulips, the Judas trees, the spring and summer flowers of all kinds that were planted and looked after meticulously made Istanbul smile again somehow after so much negligence. When Istanbul is happy so are the citizens with growing energy from their environmental experience of the Tulip and flower decorated side roads, parks, hills with Judas trees.

40

40 Safranbolu City Black Sea Region – Turkey

The mission of my visit to Safranbolu city - renowned in antiquity and located in the Black Sea region in Turkey- is to promote its Culture, its Buildings from the Ottoman Empire and its Folklore on behalf of UNESCO, which gave its patronage to the city in 1994.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May’2011

5


News Line Turkey

Turkey has so much to offer the MICE Market

Turkey doubles its space and participating companies this year at the Gulf Incentive Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition. GIBTM, the business travel exhibition for the meeting, conference and incentives industry is held from 28 - 30 March 2011 at the National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in Abu Dhabi. During 2010, Turkey has won various top positions as the most favorite and popular destination by European and American travel magazine readers. Adding to this success, Turkey’s proximity to Europe and the convenience of flying with Turkish Airlines as well as growing number of regional airlines from the GCC, amongst others, to large cities in the United States, Middle east and Asia, in addition to world-class infrastructure, and an abundance of tourist attractions, all at competitive

rates, Turkey has become the country of choice for meetings, congresses, conferences, exhibitions and fairs. The most important destinations in terms of Congress Travel are: Ankara, Antalya, Bodrum, Cappadocia, Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, and Marmaris. Amongst the internationally important events that took place in Turkey in recent years were: the Geo-Thermal Congress, the Universiade, a NATO Summit, Formula One race and the Champions League Final, the ITU Telecommunications Conference, the 17th World Accounts Congress, the UPAV Belgian Travel Agents Union Committee, the European Oncology Union Congress and the European Guides Union Committee Meeting. Situated on the doorstep of the world Turkey offers large organizations a comprehensive professionalism plus dynamic and exciting new opportunities. GIBTM 2011 is being held under the patronage of its Chairman, HH Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, and Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, ADNEC, Etihad and The Vision are all exclusive partners for GIBTM 2011. Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), organizers of GIBTM, are running MICE educational presentations in Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon as part of the continuing development of the sector in the region. n

Turkish Minister was Awarded with the Medal of Honor by Austria

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister was awarded with the medal of honor by Austrian embassy in Ankara. Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister; Ertugrul Gunay was decorated with the medal of honor due to his contributions to cultural cooperation between Turkey and Austria at the ceremony held at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The medal is the highest to be bestowed upon a Turk by the Republic of Austria to date. Austrian ambassadress to Turkey Heidemaria Gurer delivered a speech in the ceremony, saying that Gunay contributed a lot to Turkey’s promotion in the areas of culture and tourism. Gunay said that he was proud of receiving this medal. Turkey and Austria had a great cooperation in several areas especially in archeology,

6

May’2011

Gunay added. During the ceremony at the museum, a book titled “Efes Duvar Resimleri” (Frescoes of Ephesus), published by the Austrian Embassy in Ankara, is launched. Moreover an opening of a photo exhibition that details the most recent results of the ongoing archaeological excavations by the Austria Institute of Archaeology in Ephesus took place. n

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Turkish Films Festival in Hong Kong The Izmir Association of Cinema organized the “Second Turkish Films Festival” in Hong Kong between April 13 and 17. President of the Izmir Association of Cinema, Kayhan Kirmizigul, told journalists that they came together Hong Kong spectators with Turkish movies for the second time. The Turkish Prime Ministry, Turkish Embassy in Beijing and Turkish Consulate General in Hong Kong have made important contributions to realize the Festival. The Hong Kong Turkish Films Festival is designed to promote Turkish movies in the world. About 200,000 magazines were published for the Festival and the publication was distributed free of charge. The “Second Turkish Films Festival” took place at Hong Kong’s biggest shopping mall, Elements. Turkish directors Umit Unal, Mustafa Altioklar, Emre Sahin and Murat Seker and artists Deniz Cakir, Guven Kirac, Selda Alkor, Gokhan Mumcu, Ayten Soykok, Suzan Genc, and Serdal Genc attended the Festival. Among the Turkish films to be screened at the Festival are “Mustafa”, “Bal” (Honey), “40” and “Cosmos”. n

Setur Establishes Partnership with Makyol

Turkish construction and tourism company Makyol and Setur Marina have joined forces to construct the Kaş Marina, situated at the Kaş town of Antalya in southern Turkey. Makyol, which started construction of Kaş Marina in April 2009 as a Build Operate Transfer (BOT) project, partners with the leading brand of marina industry in Turkey; Setur Marinas. Kaş Marina is expected to open in May 2011 and will have a capacity of 472 yachts, with suitable docking locations for super- and mega-yachts. Üstün Özbey, the General Manager of Setur, said that Kaş Marina will create new routes alongside the Mediterranean coast. “We will rank among the prestigious and reliable yacht marinas in the Mediterranean,” Özbey said. Setur Marinas currently operates 28 percent of Turkish marinas and has a capacity of 3,900 yachts. n


News Line Turkey

Fourth Conference on the Least Developed Countries is in Istanbul United Nations, Turkish Foreign Ministry and civil society have committed an important initiative and social responsibility project. The Fourth United Nations Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC) will be held May 9-13 in İstanbul. The conference will bring together 5,000 government officials, business leaders and civil society representatives, including UN Secretary-General Ban KiMoon, President Abdullah Gül and the heads of state from several nations. Moreover, the conference; for the first time, will attract private sector and hundreds of businesspeople from LDCs and non LDCs will come together in the trade fair and business forum jointly organized by United Nations Global Compact, the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) and the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB). In order to better position tourism in the development agenda and maximize this potential, UNWTO has come together with seven UN agencies and programmes – the International Labour Organization (ILO), International Trade Centre (ITC), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) – to create the UN Steering Committee

on Tourism for Development (SCTD). By harnessing the strengths and expertise of each agency and creating synergies between UN organizations, the Committee will deliver more coordinated, effective and efficient technical assistance and support to developing countries. One of the first activities of the Committee will be the holding of a Special Tourism Event at the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV) to be celebrated in Istanbul, Turkey, 10 May 2011. The event, ‘Promoting Tourism for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction’, will set the scene for a new international framework for development through tourism, providing the opportunity for LDCs, UN agencies and key players of donor countries and other institutions to find ways to foster tourism for development and create mechanisms for LDCs as they seek to combat poverty, diversify their economies and pursue inclusive growth strategies. The role of tourism in increasing LDCs’ participation in the global economy, and as a means of poverty reduction, will be the focus of the World Export Development Forum (WEDF), the International Trade Centre’s flagship event, held this year at LDC-IV in partnership with UNWTO (Istanbul, Turkey, 10-11 May 2011). The WEDF will focus on the role of the private sector for tourism-led growth and inclusive sustainable development through the creation of key pilot projects. Istanbul is going to host this UN conference, which is organized once a decade, leading discussions to address poverty reduction, capacity development and sustainable growth for LDCs for the next 10 years. n

Tekser Celebrated its 30th Anniversary with launch of new logo

Tekser Tourism & Travel Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary at a special party held at Esma Sultan Mansion in Istanbul. Speaking at the party, Tekser Tourism & Travel Inc. General Manager Feyhan

8

May’2011

Kapralı said, “Our priority is offering innovative, entertaining and valuable solutions for your travel needs”. Tekser Tourism & Travel Inc. is founded in 1981 in order to answer the travel related needs of the business community. During the 30 years, Tekser’s corporate and individual clientele significantly expanded and diversified in numbers,

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

fields of activity and product demands. Pursuing a policy of exclusivity in service, Tekser has now become a major international and local tour operator, offering a wide range of travel options with highly competitive quotations for discerning customers. After 30 years, Tekser decided to update their logo presenting their Having universal principles of trust, honesty, creativity, empathy, and make a difference, Tekser Tourism & Travel Inc. renewed itself and announced its new cheerful logo at the party where invited guests enjoyed delicious snacks and music by Istanbul orchestra. n

Turkish Wines Awarded at an International Wine Competition Turkish wines have won 6 medals at the international wine competition “Vinalies Internationales”. Turkey won a gold medal and 5 silver medals at this year’s first international wine contest which brought together nearly 3,500 wines from all over the world. Commenting on the success, Ali Basman from Kavaklidere Wines said that Turkey’s success in wine-making sector would make a great contribution to the country’s promotion. Basman added that international competitions and tasting events were much more effective promotion tools than billboards in that sense. Vinalies Internationales is an international wine competition organized by the Union des Oenologues de France. Vinalies Internationales intends to emphasize the maturation capability of the wines and to honour those wines that attain a high quality level close to the optimal tasting expression of their “appellation” of origin. The competition invites over 100 judges from all over the world whose mission is to assess thousands of samples submitted to their taste buds, and appraise the specifics of the terroir they are grown on. The final objective is to honour each wine with a detailed set of tasting notes. n


News Line Turkey

Istanbul Park Welcomes 2011 Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix discounts for age 15 and under, and all tickets take from four to six weeks to be delivered. Istanbul Park has state-of-the-art facilities and is one of the world’s foremost racing circuits, and motorsports fans are attracted to this annual event from around the world. Situated on the outskirts of the city, Istanbul Park also contains a range of on-site facilities, with restaurants, bars The 2011 Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix is and cafes for spectators to enjoy the taking place in Istanbul Park between day’s events. 6th and 8th May 2011. Over 600 million people worldwide will Herman Tilke designed the circuit in follow the breath-taking competition 2005 to follow the rises and falls of between famous Formula One™ drivers the natural landscape, and spectators such as Hamilton, Massa, Raikkonen, obtain an excellent view from various Alonso and Barrichello at Istanbul Park locations around the track. Circuit. On the other hand, travellers The high-speed challenges are oneto Istanbul will be able to see world reason visitors come here each year, celebrities that will be in Istanbul for with even experienced drivers such as Formula 1 events. Schumacher and Raikkonen making Formula 1 Grand Prix always brings mistakes in this tough challenge. Cars more colours to Istanbul life. During the can reach speeds of 330 kilometres per 2011 Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix week hour and there are many overtaking several parties will be organized for opportunities on the slower curves. Formula 1 teams, a traditional football There are various grades of ticket match will be organized between available, from General Admission at 35 Turkish celebrities’ and Formula 1 YTL to Platinum at 600 YTL. There are drivers’ teams in Istanbul. n

The 30th Istanbul Film Festival Concludes

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Akbank, the 30th Istanbul Film Festival’s Golden Tulip Awards have found their owners at the closure gala and the awards ceremony which took place at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and

10

May’2011

Exhibition Centre, on April 16th. The International Competition Golden Tulip Award, which has been given at the Istanbul Film Festival since 1985, has been presented in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı with the support of the Eczacıbaşı Group since two years. The International Competition Golden Tulip Award is also supported with a 25,000 Euro monetary award also given by the Eczacıbaşı Group. 10,000 Euro is given to the director who wins the Golden Tulip Award, the Turkish company to distribute the film receives 10,000 Euros, and the remaining 5,000 Euros is presented to the film that receives the Special Jury Prize. The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism gives 150,000 TL to the Golden Tulip winner of the Best Turkish Film, and 50,000 TL to the winner Best Director Award. “The Best Actress” award was given to Nazan Kesal with her performance at Saç / Hair. Her award was presented to the actress by Tansu Biçer, who received “The Best Actor” award last year with the film Five Cities. n

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

UFO Museum Opened in Istanbul

A touring UFO museum designed by the Sirius UFO Space Sciences Research Centre opened at Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall. The museum, which is one of the first of its kind in the world, aims the documents and evidence contained in the exhibit would convince sceptics of the veracity of claims that aliens walk among us. Sirius UFO Space Science Research Centre Director Haktan Akdoğan said that the goal of the project is to introduce a global culture to Turkish people and share information proving that we are not alone in the world by displaying written and visual materials, digital photographs, secret documents, certificate of analysis, video visuals, articles and rejuvenations in the specially designed Touring UFO Museum. Akdoğan noted that the museum was a social responsibility project in the sense of science and culture. A truck designed especially for the UFO museum. The mobile museum will be set up in front of shopping malls and open for visits. Admission is free while the museum is in Istanbul. The museum and exhibition consists of all incidents related to UFOs since very early periods of our time, official NASA documents, secret documents, kidnappings, UFO photos and video from Turkey and around the world as well as specially made mockups and models. The project, which was launched in Istanbul, will travel for one year. The Touring UFO Museum will also be brought to the United States, South America and Europe. Countries like the U.K., New Zealand and Norway have begun to release their secret UFO documents. The Touring UFO Museum is open in the parking lot of Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall until April 10. Later it will travel to Caddebostan, Taksim and Şişli before leaving Istanbul for Kocaeli, Bursa, Mersin, Izmir, Ankara, Trabzon, Çeşme and Bodrum. It is expected to be visited by 1 million people by the end of the project. n


News Line Turkey

Music Festival Time for Istanbul The Istanbul Music Festival organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, under the sponsorship of Borusan is greeting the music lovers in its 39th year with a fully packed program. The Istanbul Music Festival, sponsored

by Borusan Holding since 2006 will take place between June 4-29 this year. Hosting three world and six Turkey premieres, the Istanbul Music Festival will host star names in Istanbul including Gidon Kremer, Yuri Bashmet, Patricia Petibon, Hilary Hahn, Renée Fleming, Christoph Eschenbach, and one of the most significant orchestras of classical music, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, as well as over 600 local and foreign artists. Besides preconcert talks and colloquiums, for the first time this year master classes open to the audiences will be organized. From this year on, the Istanbul Music Festival will construct its programme with a theme. With the 39th Istanbul Music Festival’s programme that is created in line with the “Journeys to Far Away Lands” theme, the music of a vast geography ranging from the west side of America to Russia, from Spain to Buenos Aires, Venice, Indian Ocean and Mexico, will meet the festival audience. In this year’s Istanbul Music Festival,

12

May’2011

there will be 24 concerts including, symphony and chamber orchestras, vocal concerts, chamber music and recitals. The festival this year will also attract attention with its different concert venues. As an addition to the classic venues of the festival such as the Hagia Eirene Museum, Archaeological Museum, Enameled Kiosk, Süreyya Opera House and Lutfi

Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, different venues like Galata Mevlevihanesi, Istanbul University Rectorate Building, Istanbul Modern and santralistanbul-Energy Museum also participate in the festival this year. From this year on, through commissioning works to the local and foreign composers, the festival is taking a significant step in enriching its contemporary music repertoire. In this context, commissioned by the Istanbul Music Festival, the world premieres of İlhan Usmanbaş’s and the young composer Turgut Pöğün’s new compositions, will take place in the scope of the festival. The programme of the 39th Istanbul Music Festival is announced in a press conference at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus. IKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı, Borusan Culture and Arts Chair of the Board of Directors Zeynep Hamedi and The Istanbul Music Festival Director Yeşim Gürer Oymak delivered speeches during the press conference. n

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Nicolas Cage was in Turkey

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, had a meeting today at Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal with the Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage who is in Turkey for the movie “Ghost Rider 2”. Nicolas Cage, who arrived Turkey on January 12, is filming the sequel to “Ghost Rider” in Pamukkale, Denizli. Cage met with Turkish Prime Minister at Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal in Pamukkale. Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay, the AK Party Deputy Chairman Mohamed Salih Kapusuz and Prime Minister’s daughter attended the meeting. Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage’s starring “Ghost Rider 2” continues to film the final shots. Cage filmed some parts of the movie in Goreme in the Cappadocia region, which is famous for its unusual stone formations, caves and houses carved from rock. He is now in Pamukkale - Denizli, which is known for its white travertine terraces, to film other scenes of the movie. Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, and Violante Placido, accompanied by shooting, will last until 8 February. n


n o bet ter way to se e i s t a nbul... “Sumahan on the Water”, a newly restored nineteenth centur y Ottoman distiller y opened its doors as a hotel in 2005. Sumahan on the Water is a rare example of thoughtful, historical transformation in Istanbul. “Suma” is the word for unadulterated spirit. The hotel was the industrial factor y that distilled the high proof ingredient for “Raki” the famous Ottoman tipple. “Han” was the word for inn in Ottoman times. Sumahan is among the cit y’s most enduring design phenomena, a hotel that integrates high qualit y design and respect for the sites historical context.


News Line Turkey

“Destination: Istanbul” project by MoMA New York The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) and MoMA Design Store will realise a special project, titled “Destination: Istanbul”. As part of the project, beginning in May 2011, the MoMA Design Store will present more than 100 products by prominent Turkish designers, selected by MoMA New York. The collection, which will reach a world-wide audience via the online MoMA Store, will also be available exclusively at the IKSV Design Store in Turkey, from May until the end of November 2011. The “Destination: Istanbul”, a MoMAexclusive product collection will include home accessories, furniture, kitchenware, jewelry, and more by 41 designers from Istanbul. Items from the collection include olive wood serving utensils harvested

from the Aegean shores of Anatolia, porcelain espresso cups whose wavy silhouettes mimic those of whirling dervishes, and a traditional tea tray fashioned from contemporary materials such as steel and nylon. Other highlights range from abacus-inspired pearl jewelry and a pop-up Plexiglass chess set to colorful packing tape featuring the outline of Istanbul’s dramatic skyline. 41 designers featured in the “Destination: Istanbul” product collection are: 2mikrop, Ali Bakova, Alev Ebuzziya Siesbye, Arda Tuncman, Aida Pekin, Aysun Altındag and Meltem Maralcan, Bahadir Baruter, Berra Alkan, Burcu Akbulut Onur, Demir Obuz, Elif Ozsezen, Ela Cindoruk, Emir Uras, Erdem Akan, Fabio Ricci, Istanbul Dresses, Iz, Kamer Foundation, Koray

Ozgen, Leyla Taranto, Kunter Sekercioglu, Maybe Design, Mehtap Obuz, Munire Kirmaci, Nil Deniz, Ömer Ünal, Alper Boler, Ottoman Jewelry, Oya Akman, Özlem Ölcer, Özlem Tuna, Sabrina Fresko, Sadi Tekin, Selin Okcu Buyuksoy, Sema Obuz, Sezgin Sander, Soner Ozenc, Sultan Ragbet, Tan Mavitan and Urart. “Destination: Istanbul” is the latest in the MoMA Design Store’s popular “Destination: Design” series. The series showcases emerging designers and design themes from around the world and provides a context for a rich appreciation of the ideas, forms, and materials presented. Prior Destination: Design events have focused on Finland, Denmark, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Japan, Seoul, Brazil, and Portugal. n

In Brief l

Altug Uluceviz

l

l

Sedat Nemli

l

l l

Gulsum Azeri

l

Huseyin Cosan

l

l

l

Pınar Gulbakanoglu

l l

Mehmet Mulayim

l

l

Cem Kul

l

l l

Suleyman Blum

14

May’2011

Altuğ Uluceviz has been named Country Manager for Turkey at Travelstart Online Travel Operations. Mr. Uluceviz was previously Country Manager for Turkey at Czech Airlines. Atilla Karaburçak has been appointed Human Resource & Quality Director at Aska Hotels Antalya. Gülsüm Azeri has been appointed as the new member of Administrative Board of Turkish Airlines. With effect from April 2nd, Ms. Karlygash Omurbayeva based in Istanbul as Country Manager Turkey. Ms. Karlygash moves to Istanbul from her current position as Marketing Manager in Air Astana’s head office. Sedat Nemli has been appointed The Edition Hotel Istanbul as General Manager. Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International has appointed Manfred Moennich to Dedeman Hotel Sofia as General Manager and Regional Manager of Dedeman Hotels in the region. Hüseyin Gazi Coşan has been appointed as Director at Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry Istanbul Directorate. Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International announced the appointment of Pınar Günay Gülbakanoğlu as Director of Revenue. Bike Toku has been appointed Haliç Congress Centre in Istanbul as Director of Sales and Marketing. Birol Kaymas has been appointed as General Manager to Bursa’s first five star hotel; Bursa Çelik Palas Convention Center & Thermal Spa, which opened by the order of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 76 years ago. Marcos Bekhit has been appointed as CEO of Divan Hotels & Resorts. Mehmet Mulayim has been appointed as General Manager of The Marmara Antalya Hotel. Patricia Geneux has been appointed Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International as Brand Manager. Selim Ozcan has been appointed as Marketing & PR Manager at Palazzo Donizetti Hotel in Beyoglu, Istanbul. Cem Kul, has been appointed to Kempinski Hotel Ajman, Dubai - UAE as Director of Sales. Suleyman Blum named General Manager of Ramada Plaza Gence in Azerbaijan. Barlas Özbey has been appointed as General Manager to Holiday Inn Express Altunizade which is recently opened in Istanbul.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Atilla Karaburcak

Karlygash Omurbayeva

Manfred Moennich

Bilge Toku

Birol Kaymas

Marcos Bekhit

Selim Ozcan

Patricia Geneux


ACB news

Antalya Towards ICCA 2014 General Assembly Bureau and Antalya Chamber of Commerce organized a cocktail at Suna Inan Kıraç Museum at Antalya Kaleiçi district. The cocktail is attended by representatives of ICCA members in Turkey, ACB members and local authorities in Antalya. After the cocktail Çetin Osman Budak, the Chairman of Antalya Chamber and Commerce hosted a special dinner at the private house of Suna and Inan Kıraç in the old Antalya Convention Bureau’s application city of Antalya. The dinner is to host the 2014 General Assembly of attended by Deputy Governor of Antalya; International Congress and Convention Recep Yüksel, Director of Antalya Culture Association (ICCA) has been selected for and Tourism the final stage of selection. ICCA CEO Office; İbrahim Martin Sirk came to Antalya and inspected Acar, AKTOB congress centres, hotels, and the city of (Antalya Hotel Antalya. Association) Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau President; Sururi (ICVB), which supports Antalya Convention Çorabatır, ICF Bureau’s nomination work to host the Antalya Airport 2014 ICCA General Assembly in Antalya, Board Member; Elif Balci Fisunoglu representing ICVB Abdullah joined Martin Sirk at his inspection tour to Keleş, Antalya Antalya that took place 7 to 10 February Municipality 2011. Within the inspection programme, Deputy General Antalya’s convention and meeting facilities Secretariat; and possible locations for the congress Cemal Öcal, ICVB General Manager; Elif were presented. On the night of February Balcı Fisunoğlu, Turkish Airlines Congress 8th, TUROFED (Turkey Hotel Federation) Manager; Nesrin Güley, Antalya Convention President Ahmet Barut hosted a dinner Bureau Vice President and ATAV (Antalya and informed Martin Sirk about Antalya’s Promotion Foundation) President; history and culture. Dr. Yusuf Örnek, Nizamettin Şen, Antalya Convention tourism consultant, joined the dinner too. Bureau General Manager; Nurhan Erdem At February 9th Antalya Convention Tanır, Kenes Turkey General Manager;

ACB Exhibiting on 3D Business Travel MICE Expo Antalya Convention Bureau is happy to announce exhibiting on an onlide tradeshow named 3D Business Travel &Mice Expo which is introducing an international network of whole exhibitors. 3D Business Travel & M.I.C.E Expo offers us a unique and functional platform to showcase Antalya’s products and M.I.C.E services to our target clientele consisting of local and international associations, multi-branched corporations, and medium sized companies who organize all kinds of business events, educational seminars, team building facilities, creative corporate vacations, local and international incentive packages, periodical banquets and meetings, all depending on their business volume, vision, budget and marketing strategies. n

16

May’2011

Sadık Çağlar and Business Developmenet Manager; Evren Turan and Martin Sirk. Speaking at the dinner; ATSO (Antalya Chamber and Commerce) President Çetin Osman Budak said that Antalya is showing a great progress in convention and meetings industry after forming the Antalya Convention Bureau. “A total of 86 congresses are recorded by the Antalya Convention Bureau in 2010. 40 of them were international and 46 of them were national congresses. A total of 37,045 visitors attended those congresses which are mostly related with the health industry. The largest participation was recorded as 2,200 participants that held at Susesi Hotel. We would like to host bigger congresses in Antalya” Budak added.

Antalya Convention Bureau Vice President and ATAV President Nizamettin Şen said, “In order to promote Antalya in this industry, we had become a candidate to host ICCA’s General Congress in 2014. We are one of the last 3 cities. The winning city will be announced at IMEX-Frankfurt in May 2011”. n

ACB at GIBTM

GIBTM 2011 took place on 28.3.-31.3.2011 in Abu Dhabi. The Antalya Convention Bureau attended the exhibition the first time and was represented by Mrs. Ayşegül Cengiz. Mrs. Cengiz said, that she had very interesting meetings at the GIBTM and it was a very good experience to meet many hosted buyers from different regions. “I believe that we had very fruitful meetings for the future. Antalya is going to be popular more and more on the MICE market”, she said. Beside Istanbul Antalya is going to be established as a very important MICE destination at the Mediterranean. Because of its warm climate at winter time, the high standards of venues and a big number of direct flights Antalya is increasing its numbers every year. n

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


MICE Hotels

Cornelia Golf Spa & Convention Centre hotel creates the ideal convention centre with its truely unique and innovative design and superb location. The Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa’s Convention Centre includes 7 different size meeting rooms for up to 2.000 people. The main conference hall has a capacity of 1.400 in theatre arrangement which can be divided Cornelia Hotels Golf Spa offer everything into three sections. In this convention you need to provide a successful meeting centre, there are also 6 workshops of and extra special events. Both of our

different capacities and 3 seperate offices. The Cornelia De Luxe Resort’s Convention Centre, comprising 10 rooms of different sizes, with a capacity for 1.700 people, can accommodate all sorts of meeting and organization requirements with its technical substructure and equipment. Our meeting rooms, where a modern, calm, elegant and quite athmosphere is available – a key factor, needed for employee success – include a seperate pub as well as a seperate kitchen, designed for Gala Dinners. Furthermore, within the scope of meeting organizations, there is a Business Center, rendering a seperate service.” n

The Madison Hotel has Changed its Concept The Madison Hotel located in Taksim, Istanbul announced its concept change. The hotel, which operated as a family hotel, changed its concept according to the customer profile of hotels in Taksim area. The Madison Hotel General Manager Ali Imdat Uçar said that the hotel has undergone an extensive renovation and all hotel rooms are renovated according to the needs and comfort of businessmen. Working desk, broadband internet, Digitürk TV are added to the rooms. Bathrooms decorated with glass design and soft and relaxing colors are used at

rooms. A new menu is introduced at the new restaurant with winter garden. The new menu brings food related with the Ottoman Cuisine. “A completely different bar and glazed, spacious cafe joins lobby with the street. Turkish Bath, indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam bath, and gym are located at the lower floor,” added Mr. Uçar. Meeting rooms and technology room is renewed according to business hotel concept. The new concept and design of the Madison Hotel is done by architect Ece Baba. n

Ataturk’s Hotel is Renovated and Opened

Built in 1935 by the order of father of Turks; Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Bursa’s first fivestar hotel Çelik Palas has started welcoming its guests after one and a half years of renovation. General Manager of Hotel Çelik Palas; Birol Kaymas said that Hotel Çelik Palas has undergone US$55 million renovation and it has a total of 141 rooms; 120 of them are Premium and Superior rooms and 21 of them are suites. Located just next to the Hotel Çelik Palas; the small building used by Atatürk during his trips to the city, will be renamed as the Atatürk Palas after renovation that will be completed in May 2011. Atatürk Palas will be used as a mini hotel that will be operated with a special service concept; differentiating from the main hotel building. During the renovation, it is revealed that architect Guilio Mongeri used the ‘golden ratio’ at the columns of the building in 1930. The same method at these columns in Atatürk Palas is used by Frank Lloyd Wright’s S.C. Johnson & Son Administration Building that built during the same period. That method brought world’s most important architecture award to the building. Atatürk Palas will have a total of 23 rooms and 8 of them are suites. Mr. Kaymas said that mostly wealthy guests will prefer to stay at the Atatürk Palas by reserving all rooms. He noted that all

18

May’2011

summer season is already booked mostly by foreign guests. The restoration of both Çelik Palas and Atatürk Palas is done by MOB and almost all interior products are brought from abroad only curtains and textile products are made in Turkey for the hotel. Hotel Çelik Palas has two restaurants; Panorama – fine dining restaurant and Steak House – a la carte restaurant. The Hotel Çelik Palas Convention Center has Bursa’s largest ball room with 750 sqm area without a column. The ball room has 1500 people capacity. The convention center has additionally 5 meeting rooms. The hotel features 3,000 sqm Thermal Spa &Health Center which has an historical hamam that built accordingly rules of Roman time. The spa center is offering Turkish bath, Thermal pool, sauna, massage service with 12 different massage techniques done by professionals and fitness center for its guests. n

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May’2011

19


Meet at Congress Center

Haliç Congress Center

the newest congress center of Istanbul

The only seaside Congress Centre of Istanbul; Haliç Congress Center, is one of the new venues of Istanbul. With its unique single storey building architecture and spacious atmosphere the centre distinguishes itself. Ideally located at the shores of the famous Golden Horn, the centre is easily accessible via E5 and TEM Highways and is walking distance to Miniatürk and Rahmi Koç Museums. Two recently built tunnels enables the visitors to reach the centre from Beşiktaş, Şişli and Taksim areas, where most of the hotels are located, in only 10 minutes. The centre is only located 5 minutes away from the old city. Successful organisations such as the World Water Forum, 26th National Cardiology Conference, 25th Anniversary Conference of Istanbul Stock Exchange and the Opening Ceremony of “Istanbul 2010, European Capital of Culture” has proved the

20

May 2011

centre to be an outstanding and world-class venue for all kind of national and international events. Haliç Congress Center offers 21 Meeting and Function rooms. 5 state of-the-art Auditoriums fully equipped with high-tech facilities are able to accommodate from 219 to 3.008 persons. Halic Auditorium, the largest Auditorium in Istanbul with its acoustic design and stage with a lift system is a perfect alternative for performing arts. A total in-door foyer area of 8.311 sqm, 6.000 sqm shores at the Golden Horn Bay and 10.000 sqm open air function area enables the Haliç Congress Center to host opening events, cocktails, gala dinners, weddings, entertainment shows or any special events besides conferences. The a la cart restaurant, “Erguvan Restaurant” serves international food for both conference & event participants and local people.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


Cover Story

Project Beneath Gallipoli

N

Project Beneath Gallipoli o sites stir the Australian imagination more than the Gallipoli landings on the Turkish Dardanelles peninsula. The events transformed these once isolated places into bloody memorials to valour and sacrifice and are etched into modern history. To Australians, the date of 25th April remains a symbol of nation building and heroism. 94 years on, the physical landscape has changed little. Identified as a significant place by both Turkish and foreign governments, the original beachheads at ANZAC Cove, Suvla Bay

22

May 2011

by Tim Smith, Maritime Archaeologist, Project Director

Š Beneath Gallipoli, Sydney NSW, Australia. 2009 version of 2002 original. and Cape Helles have been subject to only minor transformation. A swelling interest in battlefield tourism has meant that these fragile, sacrosanct places have gained a growing focus. Joint discussions regarding the establishment of the Gallipoli Peace Park are symptomatic of the importance placed on the region by the countries involved in the conflict. Warfare has played a significant role in the history of the Dardanelles since the times of Alexander the Great and his conquest of the East. It

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

was across these same waters that the Allied troops landed under the watchful gaze of the Turkish defenders in 1915. The peninsula’s Mediterranean coast hides the remnants of war, the cultural remains of invading armies. Turkish fortifications near Cape Helles Known predominantly from the land campaign, the World War One Dardanelles Offensive began as a naval siege. Many vessels were lost in the ensuing actions and await scientific exploration. Dotted around the coast are significant historic shipwrecks - the


located British battleships Irrestisible, Ocean, Triumph, Goliath and Majestic, the French warship Bouvet, submarines E.7, E.14, E.15, and the Australian submarine AE2. The same waters hold other secrets. Perhaps the most poignant are to be found beneath the lapping waves of the beach landing sites. No archaeological examinations have ever been conducted offshore from ANZAC Cove or the other major staging sites. Transformed into complex facilities with jetties, groins and partial harbour works, the opportunity exists to document an untold aspect of the Gallipoli landings. The extent of cultural remains is largely unknown although observed timber piles, ammunition and those located shipwrecks is tantalising.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

23


Cover Story

Our Australian expert team Headed by Mr Tim Smith, a respected professional Maritime Archaeologist, the expedition team has a proven history working in Turkey and in the scientific analysis of related Gallipoli war sites – particularly the Australian submarine AE2 (1915). Tim Smith is the Deputy Director of the Heritage Branch, NSW Department of Planning (State Government), and the NSW State Maritime Archaeologist. He is the Director – Maritime Archaeology of the independent AE2 Commemorative Foundation Ltd. (AE2CF) Silent Anzac project. This team has conducted the

archaeological survey and assessment of the Australian submarine AE2 wrecked near Gallipoli, supported by the Australian and Turkish Governments. The AE2 team last visited Turkey in April 2008 heading a technical management workshop at Istanbul, following the successful 2-week expedition to the submarine wreck in September 2007. Tim is a recognised expert in the mapping and management of underwater cultural heritage sites with over 18 years experience in international archaeological projects, working extensively in Australia, Jordan, Greece,

Unique August 2009 survey opportunity The Project Beneath Gallipoli team proposes to initiate the archaeological expedition in April 2010. It is critical that the unique underwater cultural landscape receives proper recording in light of the battle’s 100th anniversary approaching in 2015.

24

May 2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Turkey and Italy. He is currently the Project Manager of the Japanese midget submarine wreck M24 (1942) located near Sydney, and NSW State Councilor and past Vice President and Secretary of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Inc. (AIMA). Dr Mark Spencer is an internationally renowned underwater photographer and photo-journalist, specialising in historic shipwreck recording. It was Mark’s initiative that led to the assembling of an Australian team to work with the Turkish discoverers of the


Aims While the famous land defenses the trenches, posts and gullies are commonly known, it was the beachheads that provided the opportunity for access, supplies and finally evacuation, after eight months of horror. Project Beneath Gallipoli aims to document the surviving underwater cultural heritage surviving from the 1915 conflict. It seeks to examine each located feature and associated relics within the context of the wider

battlefield. The surveys will extend from the shoreline to 70 metres of water. The combined projects aim to run over a 10-day field survey with key targets: Target 1: The first professional underwater archaeological investigations conducted at ANZAC Cove, North Beach and Suvla Bay. Investigations will involve visual diving surveys of the near-shore terrain, the positioning of observed features and detailed graphical recording of structural remains. The wider offshore

area will be examined using sonar surveying technologies, and targets accurately located and displayed. Target 2: Documentation of historic shipwrecks associated with the beach heads. The initial targets will include HMS Triumph at ANZAC Cove and smaller near-shore wrecks of lighters and barges. The site will be accurately positioned and recorded through photography, video and remote sidescan sonar surveys.

The survey operations will seek to identify underwater features associated with the initial landings, consolidation phases, and evacuation. These features include the remains of timber jetties, stone landings and hulks purposely scuttled to serve as artificial breakwaters. Additional features are expected to include barges and lighters, ammunition, and rubbish dumps thought to lie beneath former naval ship mooring sites. All work will be non-disturbance in nature, follow international best practice, and adhere to the requirements of Turkish cultural heritage legislation,

Turkish Permit conditions, and the principles of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001). The loss of vessels such as H.M.S. Triumph and Majestic, was a major blow to morale for the allied troops watching from ashore. Key deepwater shipwreck sites will be proposed for inspection following assessment of their surviving integrity, depth, safety of access, and local environmental conditions. Approvals to investigate key sites will be sought from the State parties concerned.

Study Sites Project Beneath Gallipoli will examine the man-made remains surviving from the Dardanelles Campaign of 1915. Its principle focus is the underwater documentation of the main landing beaches near ANZAC Cove. The coastal strip of Anzac Cove, North Beach and Suvla Bay will be the principle targets for the archaeological team. Features will be accurately recorded through a comprehensive sidescan sonar survey of the seabed. Archaeological diving teams will visually examine and record detected targets within the survey area.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

25


Cover Story

Outcomes Project Beneath Gallipoli is a unique concept in the investigation of Australia’s foreign battlefields sites and relics. It proposes the first systematic archaeological study of underwater remains associated with a First World War land-sea campaign site. The project has the potential to attract international interest with the results widely disseminated through a host of media - scholarly research publications, TV documentaries,

dedicated websites, general publications, magazines, exhibitions, interactive computerised displays, and tourism outlets. A major beneficiary will be school children through the dissemination of survey results via appropriate media. With potential to involve a range of specialists with international expertise, Project Beneath Gallipoli will further promote strong TurkishAustralian diplomatic and cultural relations.

The Project is in accordance with the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2001). That Convention identifies ‘the public’s right to enjoy the educational and recreational benefits of responsible non-intrusive access to in situ underwater cultural heritage”, and acknowledges “the value of public education to contribute to awareness and protection of that heritage’.

_ initiate innovative display and public education projects _ promote military history and the ANZAC tradition _ further Turkish-Australian bonds of friendship and respect Previous investigations at the WW2 Allied Normandy landing beaches (Project Neptune 2K), the WW2 shipwreck heritage of Chuuk Lagoon in the Philippines, and the inspection of the scuttling ground of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow, have identified the potential for some quite dramatic discoveries. The First World War Dardanelles Campaign has left a similar underwater footprint that beckons new discoveries, scientific documentation and interpretation. Project Beneath Gallipoli will contribute towards the public’s awareness of this important military campaign.

While the historic cemeteries, reconstructed trench lines and major topographical features on the peninsular are widely known, the adjacent underwater terrain remains relatively unexplored……….. The initial investigations centered on ANZAC Cove, North Beach and Suvla Bay will identify the range of archaeological material likely to be encountered in later phases of the project. It is anticipated that the underwater surveys will encounter significant cultural remains providing a unique opportunity for additional interpretation of major actions associated with the conflict. The project has the potential to be expanded to include the recording of additional related battlefield sites at Cape Helles and the broader shipwreck heritage of the Dardanelles Strait.

Significance Concepts The Project will: _ investigate the underwater terrain associated with the first major sea and land campaign in modern times at ANZAC Cove _ document cultural remains associated with the birth of the ANZAC legend, with the 100th anniversary in 2015 as a focal point _ promote past military endeavors and resourcefulness _ contribute to the importance of the Dardanelles Peninsula as a place of pilgrimage for both Turkish and Australian citizens _ Showcase Australian and Turkish cultural heritage management expertise at this internationally significant heritage site. The results will be used to: _ develop sound management policies for the cultural remains _ provide options to ensure their survival, care and interpretation

26

May 2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


News Line World

Travel Oscars of Middle East Given at The Armani Hotel Dubai Focus on Travel News and New Focus Travel Magazine, media partners of World Travel Awards, attended the World Travel Awards 2011 Middle East Ceremony, held at the Armani Hotel Dubai on 2 May 2011. The industry’s elite – including CEOs of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs – attended the glittering gala event, which was headlined by Lebanese pop sensation, Elissa. The Armani Hotel Dubai offered guests the opportunity to sample the ultimate in hospitality lifestyle, amid the magnificent setting of Burj Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world. Hailed as “The Oscars of the Travel Industry”, World Travel Awards is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade, and celebrates those brands that are pushing the boundaries of industry excellence.

More than 462 organisations across the Middle East, spanning more than 125 categories entered the competition. Etihad Airways was one of the big stars on the night, walking off with an impressive four awards, including the blue rib and category “Middle East’s Leading Airline”, as well as “Middle East’s Leading Airline First Class”, “Middle East’s Leading Airline Inflight Entertainment” and “Middle East’s Leading Cabin Staff”. Meanwhile, Dubai’s miraculous rebound coupled with its insatiable eye for invention led to the emirate being voted “Middle East’s Leading Destination” as well as “Middle East’s Leading Meetings and Conference Destination”. Voting is still underway for Europe, Africa and Indian Ocean, Asia and Australasia and The Americas. Regional events will take place later this year in Antalya, Turkey; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Bangkok, Thailand and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Grand Final will follow at the end of the year. n

IMEX in Frankfurt 2011 IMEX in Frankfurt 2011 will host over 100 senior executives including around 30 politicians representing local and regional governments from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific when they convene for the esteemed annual IMEX Politicians Forum on Tuesday 24 May. With this year’s theme set as ‘The Benefits of Business Events beyond the Visitor Spend’, international politicians will discuss the growing and substantial impact of business events on a destination in terms of job creation, training and skills, education, infrastructure development and other factors. Due to the high calibre of delegates that are attracted each year, the IMEX Politicians Forum is now widely recognised as an influential meetings industry event, and one that rightly highlights the long-term importance of partnership, open communication and mutual understanding between the industry and its political stakeholders. The Future Convention Cities Initiative (FCCI) will kick off the day with an `Engines of Growth Seminar’, open to all IMEX attendees, this session will offer politicians and industry leaders an exclusive opportunity to hear how

28

May’2011

individual FCCI member cities are preparing for the future and discuss the key strategic developments they are undertaking. The FCCI was established with the aim of ensuring business events spur economic development, encourage investment, drive innovation and create jobs in member cities. Rohit Talwar, CEO, Fast Future and Executive Director of FCCI, said “We are delighted that IMEX is putting such commitment behind the process of engaging with politicians. We need to work together as an industry to demonstrate that the meetings sector is a critical contributor to the knowledge transfer process in those industries that will drive long-term economic development.” Further highlights for 2011 will include a presentation of The Convention Industry Council’s long-awaited ‘Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy’ study. The study provides a definitive and quantitative analysis of the economic significance of face-toface meetings on US jobs, spending, tax revenue and share of GDP. The Politicians Forum session will also address its wider global implications. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and discuss further industry matters during a dedicated evening function. The Forum also represents a special opportunity for politicians to see the meetings industry at work during the

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

IMEX in Frankfurt exhibition. Over the nine years that it has run, the IMEX Politicians Forum has successfully united politicians and industry leaders with a view to strengthening the business events sector for the benefit of local communities and destinations. In this time, its influence and reputation has grown significantly. Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman, says: “Each year this Forum provides a unique and powerful opportunity for two highly influential groups of people to meet in private and debate those issues that are presenting the biggest challenges or opportunities in their respective worlds. It is always fascinating and informative. More importantly this kind of dialogue is vital to the future of our industry. If we do not continue to make the time and effort to understand each others’ objectives, demands and even language, we do the global meetings industry and its political representatives a huge disservice.” The IMEX Politicians Forum is coorganised by ECM (European Cities Marketing) and AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) and held under the auspices of JMIC (Joint Meetings Industry Council). It takes place on 24 May at IMEX in Frankfurt, the worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events. n


IMEX +44 (0)1273 227311 | info@imexexhibitions.com

A meetings exhibition can only be judged by who you meet there. IMEX attracts more top people in the global meetings industry than any other show. Over 15,000 influential meetings professionals, creating great chemistry and great business at IMEX 2010, confirmed the industry’s judgement that this is the most important and unmissable show in the worldwide calendar. IMEX isn’t just about doing business - it’s about building it, providing the motivation and insight of our hallmark New Vision programme, led by dozens of high-profile speakers, to guide your business and your career to greater things. This depth of expertise is exclusive to IMEX. IMEX 2011, live in Frankfurt 24 - 26 May, will be full of interesting people, new contacts and new ideas. It’s the meetings meeting that provides inspiration with every handshake.

pre-register now imex-frankfurt.com

Frankfurt / 24-26 May

The meeting of minds. imex-frankfurt.com


Exhibition

GIBTM had More Exhibitors in 2011 This year’s Gulf Incentives, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition (GIBTM), which held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from the 28th to 30th March, attracted a number of new exhibitors from around the Arab world for the very first time.

30

May’2011

GIBTM is the premier event in the Middle East for the rapidly developing Middle Eastern ‘MICE’ (Meetings, Incentive, Conference and Exhibitions) market. It brings together a combination of regional and international industry buyers and suppliers, for three days of business opportunities, networking and professional education.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

New exhibitors from Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria and Fujairah were attend established exhibitors from across the region in at the biggest show in the event’s five-year history. Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB) also attended GIBTM Abu Dhabi for the second time this year and promoted Istanbul to the region’s meeting planners.


Exhibition

IT&CM China 2011 IT&CM China 2011 delivered an additional group of sought-after buyers – Chinese Corporate Travel Professionals representing local offices of large corporations and government institutions.

32

May’2011

With key objectives of sourcing for employee incentive travel services and to corporate training venues, a group of 45 corporate travel professionals comprised of Human Resource managers, Administrative

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

managers, and key persons of labour unions attended IT&CM China 2011 IT&CM China 2012 will take place from 17 to 19 April 2012 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.


MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May’2011

33


Meet the Culinary Designs

“Edible Beads”

Gönül Paksoy, author of various original examples and projects in a wide field extending from food to clothing, from jewellery to accessories, has now united her knowledge and creativity in two different fields to present her book entitled “EDIBLE BEADS”. The book, to go on sale on May18, 2010, consists of Gönül Paksoy’s understanding of designs, showing how to interpret in universal dimensions that which has always been considered local both in Turkey and on international platforms. You will see in this book that many

34

May 2011

Photos by Reyhan Eksi

foods, from sage to cinnamon, from onions to potatoes, from sour cherries to mushrooms, turn into jewellery. These designs, which alert and even awaken the established perception between “jewel” and “food” on the aesthetic plane, are considered today the most creative and merriest examples of modern designs, the limits of which keep getting wider and wider. The book includes Reyhan Ekşi’s photographs and Yılmaz Aysan’s book design, the anecdotal mythologic tales about each dish as it turns into a jewel,

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

as well as Gönül Paksoy’s unique recipes. The book entitled “Edible Beads” on foods turning into jewels on one hand and jewels into food on the other hand offers the reader both visual as well as recipes for unusual flavours. In her introduction to the book, Gönül Paksoy stresses the importance of “offering and sharing”, asking her readers to share the aesthetic as well as amusing designs with their loved ones, either wearing them or following the recipes for these dishes.


Gönül Paksoy research into natural dyes after Gönül Paksoy was born in the completion of her Ph. D. In Ceyhan, Adana. After primary the autumn of 1989, she left the school education in Ceyhan, she attended the Adana High School university. She continues her work on natural dyes, combining it for Girls. After graduating from Yıldız University, İstanbul, with a with design. She currently teaches at the Department of Textiles degree in Chemical Engineering, and Fashion Design of the Mimar she obtained a Master’s degree Sinan University School of Fine in “The Separation of Tar into its Components and its Arts, Istanbul. She received a design award in 2005 from the Definition”, from the School United States “Smithsonian of Basic Sciences, Çukurova Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. University, Adana. She was awarded a doctorate from the Zagler”, for designs which bring together science and art and carry same university for her thesis on “The Use of Plants as a Source of the past into the future. Natural Dyes.” She continued her Published Works: Culinary Designs, 2000 Culinary Designs, 2001 Rag Dolls, 2002 From Collection to Creation Gönül Paksoy I, 2003 From Collection to Creation Gönül Paksoy II, 2003 Culinary Designs II, 2006 Solo Exhibitions: • Exhibition of Art, İstanbul, 1972 • Exhibition of Art, Adana, 1974 • Exhibition of Art, Adana, 1975 • Exhibition of Art, Adana, 1979 • Rag Dolls İstanbul, 2002 • Gönül Paksoy, from Collection to Creation, İstanbul, 2003 • Gönül Paksoy, from Collection to Creation - Timeless Simplicity, Tokyo, 2003 • Gönül Paksoy, from Collection to Creation, Washington, 2005 • Exhibition of Gönül Paksoy Designs, Tokyo, 2005 • Gönül Paksoy, Exhibition, Ankara, 2006 • Gönül Paksoy, from Collection to Creation, Kuwait, 2007 • Timeless Simplicity, Istanbul, 2007 • Earth Fired in Anatolia, 2007 • L’Exposition Des Costumes et Accessories de la Femme Turque “Du Traditionnel au Modern” Madame Gönül Paksoy, Tunus, 2007 • SanDiego Santa Fe, Weawing Gallery, 2007 • Türkan Şoray, Costums for Cinema, Ankara, 2007 • Türkan Şoray, Costums for Cinema, İstanbul, 2007 • Colours and Threads of Turkey Timeless Creations by Gönül Paksoy, Tallinn, Estonia, 2009 • Türkan Şoray, Costums for Cinema, Gaziantep, 2009 • Türkan Şoray, Costums for Cinema, Frankfurt, 2009 • Exposition de Vetements et Accessories Feminins Traditionelles Turcs de la Creatrice de Renommee International by Gönül Paksoy,Tunis, 2010

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

35


Meet the Culinary Designs

T

o be born with certain abilities, in other words, to be creative is to be lucky, is wealth. It makes you different. The appearance of creative thinking , noticing its existence and the resulting product is life itself, like an award for existing. We are certainly not talking about creation. Creation seems too presumptuous to me. Because we cannot create anything out of nothing. We add our knowledge and culture to that which exists, we reorganize the result and interpret it with the help of our imagination. The following question may come to mind. Does everybody have creativity? I personally believe that everybody has certain abilities. The contrary does not seem very equitable or fair to me. However, it is a fact that there are few people aware of their capabilities. We look and handle something under the

36

May 2011

light of creativity or some sort of internal warning, we look or approach anything in a different manner. This is what I am trying to do here. I had prepared an exhibition entitled “Edible Beads” for an “International Conference on Beads”, organized in Istanbul three years ago with products that could be tasted on the spot by the participants. My aim here was to share this exhibition with a greater number of people by turning it into a book. I wanted to make our visitors smile, to draw their attention to the wealth of Turkey, to remind them of the cherry earings they wore in their childhood and contribute to their leaving Istanbul with pleasant memories. And thus it was. Everybody was in the best of spirits. I looked for a different approach, a different interpretation of the products

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

used daily in our kitchen. We can consider those beads we feel the taste and smell the aroma of as “edible beads”. I used most of them in their natural state. I have chosen to use some others drying or cooking them, that is adding small touches. As I said, a small touch! I reinterpreted them without breaking or hurting them. We know that research has been conducted on the feelings and emotions of plants and I would not wish to hurt their feelings. I limited the number of products I used for the book. These are the ones I chose and commented on. But you can increase the number of subjects at will. I did not select only those I like. I used those I could not include in the list of beads in my culinary designs. First I must say that this book is about food, but is not a cook book. It is a different presentation of the beauty of the kitchen. It is sometimes a book of of


tales or legends, sometimes a small recollection or a teasing comment, and sometimes book of designs containing a question directed to all of us. As in everything I do, I am only trying to share what is beautiful to me. Sometimes it is sharing the apple in my garden, sometimes the berberis in the past, the myrtle or the phissallys at some other time, or better, sharing all of them and more. Only flowers more beautiful than Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, can compete with her. I think that not only flowers, but also their fruit should take part in this competition. As to us, as we cannot partake in this race, would it not be more clever of us to enrich ourselves with them? As a matter of fact,that is what we do. I included them in this book as edible beads. But if you stop to think about this, especially writers and poets in Turkish literature have written so much to immortalize them. Most writers have often used them in their description of the loved one. For some of them, the beloved has almond shaped

eyes, for others it is olives that are used to describe their beauty. For almost all writers and poets, the loved ones have c heeks like apples, lips like cherries, skin like peaches, a body like a tall and slender cypress. For others, they resemble a mulberry. Olives are certainly comparable only to the eyes of the beloved. For Lorca, it is Andalusia he misses so much or the symbol of poverty. For NazĹm, it is the symbol of clinging to life or the subject of one of Van Gogh’s pictures. According to AndrÊ Gide figs have secret loves. It is said that Leonardo made statues of vegetables and fruit he found in the kitchen. What can be more natural than his interpretations? Some artists immortalized them, some others used them as subjects of mythology or bases of legends, but all were much loved. Even if their flowers could not establish themselves in the hearts of people, they became unforgetable through their fruit. As a matter of fact, what is important is neither the ingredients we use, nor the complicated flavours or the special dishes we make with them. What is important is to be able to offer, to share. It is only when beauty is shared that it remains inside us as unforgettable memories. Sometimes going deeper into ordinary lives you are told about may give you extraordinary pleasure. These may remain as unforgettable joys. They may even open the door to our most precious personal memories. In a sense, this can be considered rewarding the person and persons we are sharing with. Of course, it would be an injustice to ignore the tastes of the edible beads I steal from the kitchen and use. That is why the second part of the book includes the dishes I design or interpret with some of these beads.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

One part of these, I leave to you. You may one day share with me the tastes you will devise.What we must not forget is that we must create another beauty, another taste in every flavour and texture. If you say that is difficult, offer every edible bead you like with love. You may be able to develop a new flavour . Either wear a laurel crown on your head or wear a pair of cherry ear rings. By the way, did you ever put on cherry earrings....

May 2011

37


Meet at Istanbul

The Flower City of Tulips By:Sevil Oren

Who had the magic stick that turned Istanbul into a Flower City? I was curiously wondering to meet the leader and the team that was making the citizens of Istanbul so happy every spring for the past five years. The Tulips, the Judas trees, the spring and summer flowers of all kinds that were planted and looked after meticulously made Istanbul smile again somehow after so much negligence. When Istanbul is happy so are the citizens with growing energy from their environmental experience of the Tulip and flower decorated side roads, parks, hills with Judas trees. I make a point of not traveling overseas during April/May so that I wont miss the Judas tree and Tulips of Istanbul. To see the city changing color each day is so exciting , it is called “Catch the Day”. We, therefore, can catch the Day recently in Istanbul thanks to the Parks and Gardens Directorate of the Greater Metropolitan Municipality of Istanbul. My special thanks to Mr. Ihsan Simsek, Director of Parks and Gardens for this very informative interview. 38

May 2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


S.Ö.: Is there a flower or a tree that represents Turkey? İ.Ş.: There are definitely flowers and trees that represent our country. But most accurate information about them could be obtained from the Ministry of Forestry. I can tell you about Istanbul; The Tulip. Tulip was also the symbol of Istanbul in the past and  gave its name to an era during Ottoman Empire. If we mention tree as a symbol, it is possible to say Judas tree is also the symbol of Istanbul. If we mention other flowers apart from tulips we can count carnations, lilacs and hyacinth. As for the trees we can count Plane Tree, Linden Tree, Celtis Tree, Acer Tree and Maple Tree. S.Ö.: What do you think about adding a “From Seed to Tree” lecture to elementary curriculum to increase society’s knowledge of plants, trees and to raise awareness for the protection of greenery? What would be the benefits of such lecture? İ.Ş.: Agriculture course were junior high in the past. Though, I did not see it. Do we have now? I do not know. According to the previous generation it was especially designed for the rural area applications. For example, tree planting, seedling raising, recognition of the leaves of trees, grain production, etc. I am supporting the idea of  adding such  a course to the elementary classes. Today’s children are tomorrow’s managers. It’s important that the children should be in  harmony with the environment and nature. S.Ö.: Is it possible to increase the number of  parks and gardens that are used by children and adults? İ.Ş.: The purpose of the establishment of the Directorate of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Parks and Gardens in Istanbul is to increase parking and garden areas; to make a greener Istanbul. To fulfill such a  purpose we are in an intense pace of work. When I started my work as Director of Parks and Gardens in Istanbul in 2004, the total amount of active green areas was 30,109.933 m².   at the end of the 2011 the total amount of active green area is increased to 48,394.876 m². At the end of the 6th year the total area is increased to  %60. The area of the distinct municipalities is not counted in this number. If you ask “is that number enough for Istanbul?” our answer is simple; “NO”. Our main purpose is to increase the personal green area of Istanbul to EU standard value 10 m2. Istanbul also has forest areas that we call “ passive green areas”. Public cannot use such areas. In the  past years we made some protocols with the Ministry of Forestry to open these passive green areas to the usage of the public. We called them “Urban Forest”. Examples of such are;  Küçükçekmece Şamlar Urban Forest, Ümraniye Hekimbaşı Urban Forest and Şile Balı bey Urban forest.. We establish walking trails, picnic areas, cafe and dining areas, terraces, and fitness equipment for adults, playgrounds for the children in these urban forests. I can tell you that, with these urban forests our fellow Istanbul citizens can relax at weekends with their families. S.Ö.: Does Department of Parks and Gardens help private parks and gardens in the subjects of pruning and spraying?  Does the directorate supervise the private gardens? İ.Ş.: In any demand, Greater Metropolitan  Municipality of Istanbul, Department of Parks and Gardens Directorate apply pruning and spraying to private gardens for a small fee (this fee is decided by the Assembly of The Metropolitan Municipality). In addition to this Istanbul Directorate of Parks and Gardens interfere and stop any action to reduce green areas, according to the Act and Regulations that are given by the Metropolitan Municipality to us. Therefore, we give assistance to private gardens when a public authority is needed for them.

S.Ö.: If people of Istanbul demanded education about the plants and trees, can the Parks and Gardens Directorate prepare and give  such  an education?  İ.Ş:GMMI.(IBB) Directorate of Parks and Gardens organizes specific courses of horticulture from time to time. This horticultural trainings given  by the experts, take place on the Haliç Station Office for European Side, on Idealtepe Urban Forest for Anatolian Side. Citizens who complete this course in horticulture is  given certificates at the Education Directorate of the  Municipality. After completing this course, some of the fellow graduates is  employed by the subject related companies. The interest for the course is rapidly increasing. Apart from the unskilled, unoccupied citizens, nearly all kind of people attend these courses for entertainment and hobby purposes. In addition to these, to increase the interest to green in Istanbul, the  Tulip Festival takes  place every year. During this festival, tulips that was grown in pots are given to our citizens,  for free. Besides,there is the competition held in previous years about the most beautiful tulip that was planted. S.Ö.: Are parks and gardens located in the city being used as intended? Taksim Gezi Park is being  used as a demonstration area for some time. What is your opinion on this? İ.Ş.: Parks and Gardens, in more short term all green areas built for the citizens of Istanbul. City parks and gardens are like its lungs. When the house- wives get bored or working people tired of their jobs they escape directly to our parks, to green areas. These areas supply every interest or need of these citizens. From fitness equipment to playgrounds, from bicycle trails to running sides…For every age and every kind of people can enjoy them at these areas. As for the situation in Taksim Gezi Park, this area is located in the heart of Istanbul. As the name implies, this is a tour area. It’s natural that, variety of exhibitions and demonstrations take place on such areas. This is the same in the Europe. People are finding the opportunity to see demonstrations free of charge thanks to these areas. We are especially building open theaters to new parks (if the area is suitable) to give a chance to street performers. It is possible to see examples at Caddebostan and Florya-Yesilkoy coast. S.Ö.: There is a exhibition area that is owned by the Metropolitan Municipality that is a bit out of service at Taksim. Is it possible for Parks and Gardens Directorate to use this area for publicity and education purposes ? İ.Ş.:  As you mentioned in your question, there is a exhibition center that is owned by the Municipality at the Cumhuriyet Street side of the Taksim Gezi Park. This hall is home to various exhibitions. Mayoralty is the authority that can decide a function change in the exhibition hall. As for our directorate, any exhibition that is planned by us, is planed in our urban forests. For example, Emirgan Grove has a Tulip Museum building project. All information and images related to the tulip will be available in this museum. Also in Istanbul at the Ataturk Forest in Florya, we are planning to build a botanic park that will be worthy of  Istanbul. We want to finish these projects in the  coming  years, according to budgetary means. Especially Botanic Park Project will supply the lack of knowledge on this matter. S.Ö.: Mr. Ihsan Şimşek, I’d like to thank you for your time to answer our questions. İ.Ş.: I would like to thank you. For giving us the opportunity to announce our works to public through your magazine.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

39


Meet in Safranbolu

Safranbolu City Black Sea Region – Turkey

By Katia Freire

Specialist in Tourism of Culture and Arts

Reporting from enchanting Safranbolu - history city in Black Sea Region in Turkey.

The mission of my visit to Safranbolu city renowned in antiquity and located in the Black Sea region in Turkey- is to promote its Culture, its Buildings from the Ottoman Empire and its Folklore on behalf of UNESCO, which gave its patronage to the city in 1994. 40

May 2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


A

fter my participation in the EMITT 2011, I headed to Safranbolu, in Karabuk Province. This was my second visit in the city, and I have to say that people from the Directorate of Culture and Social Affairs have improved public services and the infrastructure. For example, there are new signs accross the city center and neighboorhoods wooden-made – obviously, in a land as it was, surrounded by hills and valleys! These fully coloured plackards sign maps and indications of how to reach the turistic points of interest. They have also

three new city-cars used by the Municipality to their guests, very colorful and charming, patterned with illustrations of their houses ! Quıte funny! People from the Municipality is committed with the preparations of the furthercoming INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN SAFRON DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL, in its 12th edition, which will take place in September, from 16th to 18th. And the very good news ıs that this time they are dealing with European Documentary and Amatorial Film Festivals in order to exchange coverage and promotion of the event with Film Journalists. For

ınfo and contacts: www.safranbolu.bel.tr . I was positively surprised by the fact that one of the ancient Ottoman houses in the historical city center , has just been fully restored. Safranbolu Houses exist and survive for more than 200 of years, in a process that continues to live in this Turkish city of culture. These houses are today the most important building group in Ottoman architectural style worldwide. Across the district there are about 2000 traditional Turkish houses, which were built in 18th,.19th an early 20th century. About 800 of these masterpieces are under legal protection.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

41


Meet in Safranbolu The Otthoman houses were basically constructed in a way to be divided into two distinct bodies: the first to be used by the family for storage and stalls, on the ground floor; the second one used.on daily life. Likewise, the landlords of Safranbolu used to have two different houses into and outside the district . They spent the months of Winter – windly but not extreme - in the Konak (“Mansion”). In Summertime the family used to move to settle for 4 or 5 months in the other house – called Baglar - different to each other basically for the kind of wood used on their construction, and in the areas devoted to open-air activities. Safranbolu city takes its name from Saffron flower ( Zaafaran): the most expensive aromathic plant on earth. This plant is still being cultivated in the surroundings of the District. Seen the gastronomic value and appeal of the Saffron, it deserves a new article completely dedicated to its wonders !

The “Imren Lokum Konak”, an old Ottoman house opened for visitors as the onlyest Boutique Hotel in Safranbolu City. During my visit to Safranbolu, I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in a charming Boutique Hotel, the onlyest in the city and surroundings. Let me tell you about “Imren Lokum Konak”. İt is an old Ottoman house belonging to a traditional family from Safranbolu District. After being restored by heirs of this family, headed by Hidayet Sezer – founder and owner of a traditional Confectioner of Lokum - the so-called “Turkish Delight” – this historical residence with its unique style was oppened to visitors in 2009. Just upon your arrival, they welcome you offering a tray of their “Imren Lokum”, in their multiple shapes

42

May 2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

and fillings (also with saffran flavor, needless to say) – served together with the typical small glasses of çay, during your check-in. İ may assure you that its wooden ceilings, windows and balustrades, floors, cupboards, doors and roof - which are “key” in Ottoman Architectural style – are very well conserved after more than 200 years. The whole residence is adorned with woodworkings particular to Safranbolu. You will feel the scent of the Yellow Pine, the Fir and the Walnut. By the way, the restaurant opens to the inner garden, and a fireplace matchs with a small fountain carved from a single piece of stone..


And the Manager – Mr. Mehmet çetin - was proud to show me all the photos of his ancestors, wich covers the walls of the corridors, enlighted with kerosene lamps. They also have a collection of historical items that bellonged to their families. Each of their 18 room is delicatedly decorated with high-quality Turkish cotton linen. and tapestry-lined pillows. Not to mention the handmade embroideries which made me feel crazy for them ! So charming ! Good-tasted guys and Fashion-addict ladies would love for having some of this stuff in their own homes! Imren Konak Boutique Hotel deserves more time of our attention, and not only a couple of paragraphs ! It would be a pitty not to show this hidden charmful hotel to readers, Turism Professionals and travel-addicted as I am ! But I promise I will get back to this issue. For info, contacts and reservations: www.imrenkonak.com

Written in Istanbul – Turkey, on February 19, 2011) Text by: Katia Freire, Specialist in Tourism of Culture and Arts Milan - Italy katiafreire@ymail.com Photos by: Ali Goçmen, Graphic Designer Safranbolu – Turquia goçmenali@gmail.com

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May 2011

43


Meet the President of IFTA

How did you get acquainted with IFTA?

O

ne day, my good friend Sevil Oren told me that she had recently met in Australia a family therapist from Norway, Wencke Seltzer, who was then the president of IFTA. The two of them had made an enthusiastic acquaintance. Sevil, inspired by Wencke, asked me if I would pull our local professionals together for a conference in Turkey, which I was happy to do. A family therapy association had already existed and it seemed like a good idea to build on the foundation it had laid. We invited Wencke to discuss ways of raising family therapy awareness here and a year later invited her successor Chana Winer to meet with the Turkish Family Therapy Association representatives and the conference organizers . The result was a wonderful IFTA world conference in Istanbul in 2004. Following that, I did

my best to propagate family therapy here by giving a number of workshops to psychologists, psychiatrists and related professionals in different parts of Turkey and over several years sponsored a series of family therapy seminars given by Dr. William Hiebert, director of Marriage and Family Counseling Services of Rock Island, Illinois. Since the Istanbul IFTA conference, I’ve been an active member of the organization, serving as a board member, prior to being chosen to carry the responsibility of the presidency.

What are your Aims and targets during your IFTA presidency? “ I think IFTA and family therapy have crucial social importance, as we see more and more emotional damage from family breakups all over the world.” Ms. Reid

Fatma Torun Reid

44

May 2011

By Sevil Oren

says. “A lot of my daily work these days is devoted to preventing or trying to ease these breakups.” “ Besides personal problems, we’re all affected by the larger world outside, economic crises, natural disasters, social transitions, migration, political stresses and strains. The cement that will hold our lives together is the family and the values that it can create .” “My main targets for the two years of my IFTA presidency are two,” she says. “First, to widen IFTA’s membership so that it includes at least as many therapists from developing countries as there are from Europe, North America, and Japan. Second, to raise the organization’s profile and its impact through clearly visible projects—research, survey, and other efforts that will make family solidarity a public issue.”

Istanbul psychologist and civic leader Fatma (Ramazanoglu)Torun Reid has been elected president of the International Family Therapy Association. She received the association’s gavel of leadership at its annual congress in Holland last month, and will serve a two-year presidential term beginning in July after having completed her two-year term as president-elect. In addition to her IFTA role, Ms.Reid is the founding president of the Turkish Transactional Analysis Association. She is a long-time member of the International Transactional Analysis Association and organized its 2006 international congress in Istanbul. She has worked as a UNICEF consultant in Middle East and in New York. Ms. Reid’s core work since the 1970’s has been in therapy with individuals, couples, and children at the ASAM Child and Family Development Center in Caddebostan, Istanbul, which she founded in 1979. She has written frequently in local publications to generate awareness of the challenges of parenthood and preventive health. She has written two books for the general reader,published by Remzi kitabevi, “Unutkan Erkekler/Hadileyen Anneler” (Pushy Mothers and Procrastinating Men) and “Hep Sevgili Kalalım” (Sweethearts for Life: An Analysis of Long-term Relationships.) She is sought frequently as a speaker and expert commentator at schools, seminars, and television talk programs. After finishing her secondary education at the American Academy for Girls in Uskudar, Ms. Reid received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology and philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, winning the Outstanding International Student award there. Not long after her return to Turkey, based on the work she had initiated in student counseling, she was invited on a “Young Leaders and Specialists” grant by the U.S. State Department, to do a study tour of the Counseling Centers of prominent universities in the United States. She did further study and post-graduate certificate work in psychology at the Tavistock Center in London and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Studies in New York.

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


MICE Destinations

ANKARA

Ankara the capital of Turkey is located in the centre of Anatolia province. With a known history of around 3000, Ankara has seen great heights in the past. Around 3000 years ago, the Hittites established a city by the name of Akuwash (old name for Ankara) at the intersection of two trade routes in Turkey. During its earlier phase, Ankara was ruled by Phrygians, Macedonians (under Alexander the Great), and Romans.

Seljuk Turks captured the city in 1071 AD and renamed it as Enguriye. Most important moment in the history of Ankara came when Atatürk founded his provisional government here in 1920, and in 1923 when it became the capital of Turkish Republic. The city has seen a number of changes since then, however it has been successful enough in maintaining a fine balance between the old and the new and thereby living up to its unique identity

as the “Melting Pot of East and West”. Today, Ankara is a sprawling urban mass thoroughly organized and well - planned and much European in look than most of the cities in Turkey. Its wide-open roads, large hotels, restaurants and government offices distinguish the city. Besides, there are several tourist attractions and meetings in the city making it an ideal destination for the tourists and mice industry.

City At a Glance

Convention & Exhibition Centers of Ankara

Population: 3,627,098 Traffic Code: 06 Telephone Code: 0312

Name

How to go Ankara’s international Esenboga Airport is well connected to other cities in Europe as well as to important destinations in other parts of the world. What to do The foundations of this citadel were laid by Galatians to be completed by the Romans. Byzantines and Seljuk made major changes later on. The citadel is located atop a hill in the old city where one can see some fine examples of traditional architecture of Ankara. What to see • The Ankara Citadel • Had Bayram Mosque • The Museum of Anatonian Civilisation • The Hatti Monument • Anıtkabir • Victory Monument • The Temple of Augusts • Monument of the Republic • The Roman Bath • Yeni Mosque • The Column of Julian • Kocatepe Mosque

Number of Halls

Total sqm

Largest Hall Capacity (Theatre)

Ankara Hilton Hotel

8

-

600

Ankara Plaza Hotel

6

-

500

Buyuk Anadolu Hotel

13

1.800

2.000

B.Surmeli Hotel

7

1.900

900

BW.Hotel 2000

3

-

700

Crowne Plaza Ankara

12

-

750

Hotel Bilkent Ankara

7

1.650

760

Hotel Dedeman

6

-

500

Rixos Grand Ankara

14

-

1.000

Sheraton Ankara

7

1.650

700

Swissotel Ankara

9

-

1.200


MICE Destinations

ANTALYA

In the picturesque old quarter of plantations. The Turquoise Coast Kaleici, narrow, winding streets is the tourism capital of Turkey. and old wooden houses abut the Its full range of accommodations, ancient city walls. Since its founding about 35 000 delegates, sunny in the second century B.C., Antalya climate, variety of excursions and has been continuously inhabited. activities, and its warm hospitality The region, bathed In sunshine make it a sought-after venue for 300 days of the year, is a paradise meetings and conferences. The of sun-bathing, swimming and Antalya Covention Bureau, ACB, is sports activities like windsurfing, an independant, non-profit making water skiing, sailing, mountain organisation. Founded in 1995 as an climbing and hunting. If you come off-shoot of the Antalya Promotion to Antalya in March or April, in the Foundation (ATAV) which has mornings you can ski the slopes became a member of the European and in the afternoons swim in the Federation of Conference Towns warm waters of the Mediterranean. (EFCT)in1997. More information; Important historical sites await A Culture, Exhibition and Congress your discovery amid a landscape of Center was opened in 1996 in the pine forests, olive and citrus groves, Konyaalti Quarter. The Congress hall and palm, avocado and banana itself is in a glass pyramid. City At a Glance Population: 1.132.211 Traffic Code: 07 Telephone Code: 0242 How to go Antalya airport is 10km east of the city centre, and has direct flights from Europe. It is well connected to other parts of Turkey, and daily direct flights from Istanbul and Ankara. What to do With its palm-lined boulevard, internationally-acclaimed marina, and old castle with traditional architecture, all set amidst a modern city, Antalya is a major tourist centre in Turkey. In addition to the wide selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops, the city also plays host to a number of sporting events throughout the year, like International Beach Volleyball, triathlon, golf tournaments, archery, tennis and canoeing competitions. The Cultural Centre, which opened in 1995, hosts cultural and art events in the fields of music, theatre, and creative arts. The main area of interest in the city is central old quarter within the Roman walls, known as Kaleici, and there are many good museums. What to see • Archaeological Museum • Truncated and fluted minarets • Hadrian’s Gate Old Harbour • Perge, Side, Aspendos • Düden and Kursunlu Waterfalls • Antalya Castle

46

September’2010

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

Convention & Exhibition Centers of Antalya Name

Number of Halls

Total sqm

Largest Hall Capacity (Theatre)

Adora Hotel

10

1.681

1.350

Antalya Culture Center

2

1.100

1.000

Antalya Expo Center

16

65.000

6.000

Cornelia Deluxe Resort

10

-

1.000

Cornelia Diamond

9

-

1.400

Crystal Hotels

9

-

2.156

Dedeman Antalya

13

-

700

1

-

1.000

Divan Antalya C.Center Gloria Hotels

16

-

1.200

Kemer Resort Hotel

8

2.871

1.150

Limak Atlantis Hotel

14

2.812

1.200 1.300

Limak Limra

7

-

Limak Lara

8

-

1.100

Lares Hotel

6

1.452

1.300

Limra Hotel

6

1.930

1.200

Miracle Hotel

10

-

1.200

Mirada Hotel

15

-

1.000

Mirage Park Hotel

6

2.145

1.500

Maritim Pine Beach

15

4.168

2.575

Porto Bello Hotel

7

2.353

1.250

Rixos Sungate

17

-

2.000

Silence Beach Resort

8

2.812

1.250

Sabanci Congress Center

4

4.500

2.400

Sheraton Antalya

12

-

650

Vouge Hotel

3

685

650


MICE Destinations

ISTANBUL

The former capital of three successive empires-Roman, Byzantine and Ottomanthe city is a fascinating mixture of past and present, old and new, modern and traditional. The museums, churches, palaces, mosques and bazaars, and the sights of natural beauty seem inexhaustible. As you recline on the shores of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows and slender minarets on the opposite shore you

understand, suddenly and profoundly, why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this remarkable site. In addition to its unique historical and cultural background and innumerable attractions, modern hotels, exclusive restaurants, nightclubs, cabarets, bazaars and shops make Istanbul a superb site for meetings, conferences and conventions. Istanbul is fast becoming one of the most popular international congress and exhibition destinations. The opening

City At a Glance Population: 14.000.000 Traffic Code: 34 Telephone Code: 0212 (European side) - 0216 (Asian side) How to go Istanbul city has modern and new international airport, which is well connected by regular flights, with most important destinations in Europe, Middle East, ana North America with. Besides, vast networks of flights fly between Istanbul and various other cities of Turkey. Ataturk International Airport is 20 km from city centre. Helicopter service is also available between the cities. What to do While in Istanbul there is so much to do and look forward to. The museums, castles, palaces, great mosques, bazaars and sights of natural beauty seem inexhaustible. Being a cultural and historical centre, exploring the grand heritage of the city should be the top most priority. Shopping which can be a pleasure in the markets of Istanbul should form another important part of your itinerary. More than anything else a walk down the lanes and by lanes of the many bazaars in Istanbul can be a great experience, if interested in feeling the culture and lifestyles of the people of this amazing land. What to see • Dolmabahçe Palace • Küçüksu Pavillion • St. Irene • Blue Mosque • Topkapi Palace • Mosaic Museum • Covered Bazaar • St. Sophia • Kariye Museum • Beylerbeyi Palace • Yerebatan Cîstern • Miniaturk

of the Lütfi Kirdar Istanbul international Conference Center (I ICC) doubled the capacity of congress facilities in Istanbul. The I ICC is ideally located in the modern district of Harbiye, at the center of the city’s business, cultural and commercial life, surrounded by some of Europe’s top quality hotels. Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB) has all the contacts and information for your meetings in Istanbul. More information;

Convention & Exhibition Centers of Istanbul Name

Number of Halls

Total sqm

Largest Hall Capacity (Theatre)

Abdi Ipekçi Sport Center

1

-

10.500

Adile Sultan Palace

15

5.625

500

Feshane Fair Center

3

5.500

Grand Cevahir Hotel

22

-

2.750

Haliç Congress Center

20

86.000

3008

Istanbul Hilton Exh. Cn.

9

2.824

1.500

Lutfi Kırdar ICEC

21

3.000

4.980

Military Museum Culture Cn.

5

2.462

1.000

Open Air Theater

1

-

4.000

TUYAP Fair & Congress Hall

3

16.000

1.000

World Trade Center

2

52.000

WOW Convention Center

7

-

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

September’2010

4.000

47


MICE Destinations

IZMIR

Izmir, historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country’s largest port after Istanbul. It is located in the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the capital of Izmir Province. Izmir is the inheritor of almost 3,500 years of urban past, and possibly up to that much more in terms of advanced human settlement patterns. It is Turkey’s first port for exports and its free zone, a Turkish-U.S. jointventure established in 1990, is the leader

among the twenty that Turkey counts. Its workforce, and particularly its rising class of young professionals, concentrated either in the city or in its immediate vicinity (such as in Manisa), and under either larger companies or SME’s, affirm their name in an increasingly wider global scale and intensity. Izmir is widely regarded as one of the most liberal Turkish cities in terms of values, ideology, lifestyle, dynamism and gender roles.

City At a Glance

Convention & Exhibition Centers of Izmir

Population: 3,627,098 Traffic Code: 35 Telephone Code: 0232

Name

How to go Adnan Menderes Airport, 16km south of the city centre, has several daily flights to Istanbul, Ankara and Antalya. There are also regular flights from many European cities. What to do While in Izmir see the sights, the Arkeoloji Müzesi (Archaeological Museum), near Konak Square, houses a superb collection of antiques including the statues of Poseidon, and Demeter which, in ancient times, stood in the agora. Neighboring the Archaeological Museum, the collection of the Etnografya Müzesi (Etnographical Museum) contains folkloric artifacts among which are fine collections of Bergama and Gördes carpets, traditional costumers and camel bridles. Situated on Atatürk Caddesi is an old Izmir house used by the founder of the Turkish Republic, the Atatürk Müzesi (Atatürk Museum) exhibits photographs of the leader as well as some of his personnel effects. The SelcukYasar Müzesi (SelcukYasar Art Museum) is a private museum on Cumhuriyet Bulvari with a collection of 20th century Turkish art. And wander in the bazaar, sip drinks and dine at the pleasant waterfront restaurants. What to see • Agora • Clock Tower • Kadifekale • Ephesus – Selcuk- Virgin Mary • Seferhisar

48

September’2010

The Izmir Convention & Visitors Bureau (Izmir CVB) was founded in 2007 by Izmir Tourism Promotion Foundation (IZTAV), as a non-profitable, independent of any marketing structure information exchange bureau. Izmir CVB’s mission is to promote the city’s rich cultural and natural assets and it’s great potential on a national and international level and is seeking guidelines and best practice to develop the city’s congress tourism.

• Pergamum – Bergama - Milet - Dydima • Kemeralti • Asansor • Alacati • Cesme

Number of Halls

Total sqm

Largest Hall Capacity (Theatre)

Aegean University Hall

6

-

1.000

Altinyunus Holiday Resort

9

-

650

Adnan Saygun Culture & Art Cen.

6

29.500

1.225

Ataturk Culture Center

7

-

800

Hilton Izmir

16

-

700

Izfas

5

-

1.000

Sabanci Culture Palace

6

6.000

538

Kaya Izmir Convention Centre

26

5.500

1.500

Sheraton Cesme

22

-

-

Swissotel Izmir

22

7.299

1.550

Tepekule Congress & Ex. Cen.

14

-

1.100

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


DM companies

INTRA TOURS Incoming services in Turkey since 1980 Company Overview Intra Tours-DMC is a market leader in incoming tourism to Turkey from Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece and is also very active in the USA, UK and South American markets. Its brand, INAIR Aviation provides important air transport services to both the incoming and outgoing sectors. As well as operating incoming services throughout Turkey, Intra Tours-DMC, through her dedicated M.I.C.E department, also organizes congresses, symposia, seminars, meetings, motivational programs, international exhibitions and incentive programs for international and domestic markets.

Ertugrul Arturo Karaoglu President&Ceo

Services Intra Tours - DMC have also received many awards for the quality of our excellent services. Intra was honored award with SKALITE ‘09 “Quality in Tourism”   and SKALITE ‘10 “Quality in Tourism” second year in a row,  under the category of incoming sector and also Tour Expi ‘10 awarded us as the “Best Incoming Agent”. As a whole, Intra Tourism has been an important brand in Turkish tourism since 1980 and welcomes yearly 50.000 tourists from various  international markets.

M.I.C.E Meetings ❍ Incentives ❍ Congresses ❍ Events n Luxury Travel n Platinum Service n F.I.T. Services Private arrangements for individuals and small parties Tailor Made Holidays n Hotels & Resorts ❍ Seaside Operations ❍ Hotel Contracts and Handling n Groups, Special Interest, Cultural and Study Tours n Blue Cruise Yacht Charter & Cabin Rental n Guaranteed Departure Tours on Seat in Coach basis ❍ English ❍ Italian ❍ Spanish ❍ Portugese ❍ French n Online Booking Faciliy -B2B ❍ Hotels ❍ Transfers ❍ Excursions n Aviation & Brokerage Full or seat basis spot or chain charter operations n

Affiliations

Headquarters, Istanbul

Intra is a member of the following organizations:

Ergenekon Cad.62/603 Bomonti Sisli 34380 Istanbul TURKEY Phone: (90-212) 234 12 00 , 44INTRA - Fax : (90-212) 241 08 85 e-mail: mail@intraturkey.com - www.intraturkey.com Branch Offices : Antalya, Kuşadası, Bodrum

ASTA - SKAL - SITE - TURSAB

ORION TOUR

ERSAN ATSÜR President

Company Overview

Services

ORION TOUR was established in 1969 in order to meet the fast growing demand for FIT and GIT land tours throughout Turkey. Since then, the company has become one of the top leading tour operators in the country with energetic and well-experienced staff, necessary to run an efficient and smooth operation. Through Orion’s computerized systems and worldwide connections, you are assured of reliable and professional services. ORION TOUR DMC has successfully arranged many meetings and symposiums and is, therefore, armed with a lot of knowledge and experience. ORION TOUR successfully organized the International Symposium on St. Nicholas (Santa Claus, Father Christmas) for years. This International Symposium was solely organized and managed by us and scholars from various European countries, U.S.A and Canada participated in this International Symposium for over a decade. Only few years ago, the annual meeting of the World Council of

Wear TV – 125 pax Lux – 120 pax Citibank – 135 pax Nutrimetrics - 700 pax Shaklee - 1200 pax Shell - 850 pax Hoechst - 350 pax Ciba-Geigy - 250 pax Panasonic - 350 pax Eagle-Star - 225 pax Hoover - 195 pax Bridgestone - 450 pax NATO-Conference on Education and Training on Operational Research - 1300 pax AIA - American International Assurance Company - 225 pax Telcom South Africa - 150 pax Thira Parma Phillipinnes - 325 pax Sony Singapore - 125 pax InnKeeper Australia - 175 pax

Churches in Turkey was also planned, organised and successfully managed by Orion Tour. Furthermore, annual meetings and congresses for Wear TV, Lux, Citibank, Nutrimetrics, Shaklee, Shell, Hoechst, Ciba-Geigy, Panasonic, Eagle-Star, Hoover, Bridgestone, NATO-Conference on Education and Training on Operational Research, AIA - American International Assurance Company, Telcom South Africa, Thira Parma Phillipinnes, Sony Singapore and InnKeeper Australia were all carried out by our company. ORION TOUR has and offers a whole range of well-experienced and reputable guides to meet and cope with the demand and interest of and to provide the comfort and care for our guests. Most of these professional guides are multilingual and we provide a whole range of foreign languages; from the common and well-spoken languages of English, French, German and Arabic to the relatively less frequently requested languages like Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).

Affiliations Orion - tour is a member of the following organizations:

ASTA - JATA - PATA - SITE - TURSAB - UFTAA

ORION TOUR - Tourism Organisation & Travel Agency Address: Halaskargazi Cad. No:166/3 Sisli 34360 Istanbul/TURKEY Tel: +90(212)2326300 - 2319570 Fax: +90(212)2412808 - 2414953 www.oriontour.com e-mail: orion@oriontour.com.tr

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine

May’2011

49


DM companies

SETUR TRAVEL AGENCY Company Overview Setur is a part of Koç Group of Companies. Setur carries all its activities with corporate management, customer satisfaction, social responsibility and environmental protection principles in international standards. Setur is involved in every activity in the field of tourism and also possesses a significant portion of Duty Free Market in Turkey with its stores at airports, border gates and ports. Besides, Setair, an aviation unit of Setur,  has a fleet of 2 jet planes, 2 helicopters and one seaplane. Furthermore, “Setur Marinas” performs the only marina chain of Turkey with its eight marinas along the Turkish coasts.Setur owns Turkey’s biggest on-line tourism portal bookinturkey.com which presents flight ticket alternatives, transfer services and online booking options to international and

Oktay Temeller MICE & Business Dev.Mng.

References domestic.Setur officially registered its quality with ISO 9000-2001 standards in 2002. Setur M.I.C.E. department ,with its 30 years of experience in congress industry, has succeeded many important organizations including the OSCE Summit in 1999 and NATO Istanbul Summit in 2004. Setur provides a complete solution partnership and prepares all kinds of organizations such as national and international congresses, dealer and training meetings, incentive visits, ceremonies, product launches, corporate meetings. Setur M.I.C.E. designs the most appropriate solutions for your brand and provides single handed services to give the most suitable message at the right time, in the right place, and with the right content. In every step of the way, the team acts as a part of your team and shares their extensive information, knowhow and experience with you.

Aegean Yacht Rally Auto Show FORD OTOSAN  and FIAT Organisations KOC HOLDING Training Meetings APPLE ADE-ASE Meeting KOÇ NET “Operator’s Day 2010” EUROPEAN BUSINESSMEN COUNCIL YAMAHA, PANASONIC, OMRON Suppliers Meeting 14th ANNUAL NIBS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Republic of Turkey Undersecretariat of Treasury 9th IMF Debt Managers Meeting THE WORLD COLLECTIONS PROGRAMME – MUSEUM LEARNING AND INTERPRETATION SEMINAR International PROVAT Conference in Ankara, Sarp Border Gate Opening Ceremony International ASPEN ATLANTIC GROUP Meeting, Turkish Literature with International Translators and Publishers Symposium European Ceramics Producers Federation Congress REPUBLIC OF TURKEY MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Turkey-Africa Cooperation Summit (ZS Business Partnership) FORD Dealers Meeting OTOKAR ALTAY Modern Tank Production with National Means Project Signature Ceremony PEKİN&PEKİN International Lex Mundi Law Congress TOBB – 31st IRU World Congress, Turksat 3a Launching Organization TURKISH ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION – 15th International World Congress Of International Economic Association (SV Partnership) YALE UNIVERSITY Department of Law / Middle Eastern Law Congress, BILDERBERG Istanbul Meeting FIAT Fiorino Launching, 2nd International Tomato Diseases Symposium KOÇ HOLDING Eskişehir Anatolian Meetings Organization, OECD 14th Test Engineers Meeting, POPPHI/ USAID/WHO Amsl Meeting Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Of Turkey (TOBB) 5th World Chambers Congress (SV Business Partnership) 7th National Clinical Biochemistry Congress, YTMK - IRF 1st Black Sea & 4th Silk Road Istanbul Conference

Memberships

Headquarters

Setur is a member of the following organizations :

SETUR TRAVEL AGENCY Bağlarbaşı Kısıklı Cad. No: 24 34662 Altunizade Phone: (+90 216) 554 37 00 Fax: (+90 216) 474 94 29 e-mail: info@setur.com.tr web: www.setur.com.tr

IAPCO, ICCA, ASTA, ICVB

TEKSER TOURISM & TRAVEL INC.

TekSer Tourism & Travel was founded in 1979 in order to answer the travel related needs of the business community. During the ensuing two decades, Tekser has become a major international operator, offering a wide range of travel options with highly competitive quotations for discerning customers. Accustomed to being the leader in its field, TekSer’ s multilingual staff of 35 supported by a carefully recruited team of English speaking tour directors, guides, transfer assistants and drivers run its four operational departments. The TekSer difference in attitude and performance is reflected in our motto personalized service at its best – Two decades dedicated to excellence in customer satisfaction and the experience gained

preparing the ideal custom made programs for such diverse guests as executives of major multinationals , conference delegates and/or religious study groups has taught us how to respond to our clients’ requirements efficiently, to be scrupulous in choosing what we offer and meticulous in the way we deliver them. TekSer Incentives & Meetings Department, our standard bearer, has concluded quite a few international events, many involving globally known companies. For us, a successful incentive lets your guests carry back home that sense of uniqueness, which comes from just having lived a “once in a lifetime experience”. Our job is to suggest, design and deliver the particular program to create that special effect.

Feyhan Kaprali General Manager

• Organization of incentives, conventions,seminars, congresses • Organization of meetings for any purpose in uniquelocations - in historical settings, among natural attractions, exciting places, on traditional wooden yachts or cruise vessels… • Cultural, historical, religious, archeological and other special interest tours • Museum and art tours, alumni group meetings • Summer or winter holiday arrangements, • Yacht cruises and charters, special itinerary odysseys by yacht and explorations including visits to Greek Islands. • Skiing, hot air ballooning, adventure travel • Airline ticketing (IATA) • Hotel bookings and car rental

Affiliations

Headquarters

TekSer is a member of the following organizations:

Meşrutiyet Mahallesi, Halaskargazi Caddesi, Gazi Ethem Pasa Sitesi, No:112 Kat:4 Osmanbey - İstanbul - TURKEY Phone: +90 212 231 6800 - Fax: +90 212 288 2624 e-mail:incentive@tekser.com - www.tekser.com

ASTA-IATA-TURSAB-SITE-USTOA-UFTAA 50

May’2011

MEETURKEY Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine


www.itcmchina.com IT&CM China 2012

17 - 19 April 2012 | 2012年4月17-19日

Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center 上海世博展览馆(世博主题馆)

Advancing

MICE Business Minds and

推动商业意识与中国MICE产业共赢 Bringing Together Chinese and International MICE Exhibitors & Buyers In One Dynamic Marketplace 汇聚全球以及中国MICE供应商和买家共同打造一个瞬息万变的市场

Registe!r Online

网上注册!

Exhibitors | Buyers | Media 展商 | 买家 | 媒体

Hosting Programme For Buyers and Media Available. 为买家和媒体特设的招待计划现在开始申请。

Early Bird Special For Exhibitors Ends 31 July 2011 展商早到报名价格截止日期2011年7月31日

Participate at IT&CM China 2012 at 2011 rates! 以2011年的价格报名参加2012中国(上海)国际奖励旅游及大会博览会!

Shell Scheme (Minimum 9sqm):

US$ 530 per sqm

(2012 Rates: US$ 556 per sqm)

Raw Space (Minimum 18sqm):

US$ 500 per sqm

(2012 Rates: US$ 522 per sqm)

标准展台 (最小9平方米):

空地展台(最小18平方米):

FOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS, BUYERS AND MEDIA 国际展商、买家和媒体,请您联系 TTG Asia Media Pte Ltd TTG亚洲传媒有限公司

Tel 电话: (65) 6395 7575 Fax 传真: (65) 6536 0896 Email 电子邮箱: itcmchina@ttgasia.com ORGANISED BY

SHANGHAI

BUSINESS EVENTS WEEK

FOR CHINA-BASED EXHIBITORS, BUYERS AND MEDIA 中国展商、买家和媒体,请您联系 MP International (Shanghai) Pte Ltd 中新会展(上海)有限公司

Tel 电话: (86) 021 6295 9990 Fax 传真: (86) 021 6270 6030 Email 电子邮箱: info-shg@mpshanghai.com

SUPPORTED BY

IT&CM China 2012 is proud to be part of the Shanghai Business Events Week.

Where The MICE Industry Comes Together In Shanghai. In An Exciting Week Of Business, Education and Networking Events.


an All Inclusive M.I.C.E. Destination & More....

Göksu Mh. Gazi Blv. No:531, 07310, Antalya / TÜRK‹YE Tel. : +90 (242) 314 38 06 - 07 • Fax : +90 (242) 314 37 23 www.antalyaconvention.org •antalya@antalyaconvention.org

MeeTurkey Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine  

MeeTurkey Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine - May 2011 Issue. Project Beneath Gallipoli Halic Congress Center An Unsusual Book of Des...

Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you