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July / August 2019 No: 167

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EDITOR’S NOTE

Thailand’s Tourism Success Story Thailand was not a much-talked country within the tourism industry during the first few years of Millennial. Bangkok was having a very old airport, no proper roads, traffic was disastrous, there were almost no hotels, partly as a destination some developments around Pattaya, and a little around Phuket. There are no proper airlines to fly to the country other than the Thai airlines and country was welcoming less than 10 million tourists. Thailand welcomed 38 million tourists and received 62 billion dollars of tourism income in 2018. This is a success story. We have seen how this success story is written during our recent visit to TTM Plus tourism fair beginning of June 2019. In this issue, you will read some news presenting parts of that success story. As the summer season starts, we are presenting you Turkey’s entertainment center; Bodrum. Beside tourism news around the world and Turkey, you will read our news coverage from TTM Plus. In addition to all, Turkish readers will find a very interesting article about Chiang Mai; one of the leading travel destination in North Thailand. Happy Holiday Season, Suat Töre

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Turkey news The 47th Istanbul Music Festival Kicks off The 47th Istanbul Music Festival kicked off on June 11 with the opening ceremony and concert held at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center. Until 30 June, the festival will house 22 concerts in 15 venues, presenting 150 pieces from a diverse repertoire that spans the masters of Baroque music Bach, Vivaldi and Handel; one the most striking composers of the 20th century Shostakovich; klezmer induced jazz, and Ottoman classical music. The festival will be a stage for various other events such as pre-concert talks, workshops and free weekend concerts. The 47th Istanbul Music Festival’s Opening Ceremony took off with the opening speech of İKSV Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı. "The Istanbul Music Festival is Istanbul's longest-running classical music festival. Since 1973, without interruption, the festival has sought to enrich the cultural life of Istanbul, contribute new works to the world's cultural legacy through commissions, and support young talent. Once again, the festival features new compositions, exciting orchestras, star soloists, and young talent. As always, many of our concerts will take place in Istanbul's historical venues, revealing once again the great wealth and diversity of our city's cultural assets. Through free weekend events aimed at music lovers of every age, our festival will reach broad segments of the public. As we approach the 50th anniversary of our foundation and first festival, we are proud of our achievements and excited and hopeful about our future goals. For helping us realize our achievements and giving us the strength to aim for more, I would like to convey my deepest appreciation to our audiences, to every musician taking part in this festival and to all of our supporters and sponsors," said Eczacıbaşı. The 47th Istanbul Music Festival’s Honorary Award was presented to the conductor Prof. Rengim Gökmen. Awarded every year since 2012 by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) to promising young classical musicians, the Aydın Gün Encouragement Award of 15,000 TL 6  New Focus | July / August 2019


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Turkey news was granted to the 22-year-old pianist Can Çakmur in its seventh edition. The 47th Istanbul Music Festival opened with the concert of the young pianist Seong-Jin Cho, winner of the 17th International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition, and the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, festival’s Opening Concert Orchestra for 2019-2022. The 24-year-old Seong-Jin Cho has risen fast on the international arena since 2015, playing with prestigious orchestras around the world and receiving rave reviews for his albums. The pianist, who made his Turkey debut at the festival’s opening night, reunited with conductor Aziz Shokhakimov after their performance with the RAI National Symphony Orchestra last year. Seong Jin-Cho performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. I in C Major, op. 15, whereas Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra performed Franz Liszt’s Symphonic Poem No.3, ‘Les Préludes’. Istanbul To Be Europe’s City Tourism Hot Spot in Q3 2019 A study undertaken for European Cities Marketing (ECM) by ForwardKeys, which analyses over 17 million flight booking transactions a day, reveals that Istanbul is set to be Europe’s city tourism hot spot in the third quarter of 2019 (July 1st - September 30th). In making its determination, ForwardKeys looked at the growth in airline seat capacity and the growth in long-haul flight bookings to 30 major European cities included in the ECM-ForwardKeys Air Travellers´ Traffic Barometer*. Olivier Ponti, ForwardKeys, VP Insights, said: “Seat capacity is a very strong predictor of visitor arrivals because once airlines have decided to lay on flights, they set out to fill their planes and, as part of their promotional strategy, they can always flex the price to help them do so. Long-haul bookings are another useful indicator because long-haul travellers tend to book earlier, to stay longer and to spend more money. When we looked at both metrics, Istanbul stood out on both counts.” The total number of seats on sale to Europe in the third quarter of the year is more than 262 million, 3.8% up on Q3 2018. Istanbul, with a 5.5% share of the market, is showing a 10.0% growth in capacity and, as of June 2nd, it is showing forward bookings 11.2% ahead thanks to its new mega-hub Istanbul Airport and decreasing concerns about security. Other 8  New Focus | July / August 2019


destinations set to perform impressively include Budapest, which is also showing a 10.0% increase in capacity and forward bookings 5.9% ahead, Valencia, with 8.5% increase in capacity and forward bookings 15.6% ahead and Dubrovnik, with 8.4% increase in capacity and forward bookings 16.2% ahead. If one focuses exclusively on capacity growth, Seville and Vienna, which are 16.7% and 12.6% up respectively, outstrip Istanbul for percentage growth but they do not handle such a large volume of traffic – Seville has a 0.4% share of total seats, whereas Vienna has 3.9%. Other major airports showing impressive capacity growth are Munich, with a 4.3% share of seats, which is seeing a 6.0% increase in capacity and Lisbon, with a 2.7% share, which is looking at a 7.8% capacity increase. New Flight Routes Launched A number of carriers launched flights to Turkish cities. Following the last year's launch of first direct flights between Kyiv (Ukraine) and Izmir by Pegasus Airlines, now Ukraine International Airlines started on the same route with even better flight schedule. Effective June 15, 2019, travelers started to fly direct between Kyiv and Izmir. “With our new flights, Ukrainian tourists will get the opportunity to discover new parts of Turkey. At the same time, passengers from Turkey will be able to visit Ukraine or use UIA’s vast flight network to visit cities of Western Europe and Scandinavian countries with convenient connections at Kyiv Boryspil International Airport”, says Evgeniya Satska, UIA Communication Director. SunExpress, the joint venture between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines, launched direct flights between Prague (Czech Republic) and Antalya. SunExpress is also starting to fly directly to Oslo, Eindhoven and Göteborg, Europe's favorite destinations from Antalya during the peak summer travel season. On the domestic flights, SunExpress offers direct flights from Antalya to 8 Turkish cities in total. These include: Adana, Izmir, Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Samsun, Trabzon and Van. Qatar Airways launched direct flights between Doha (Qatar) and Izmir on May 23. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “We are delighted to launch direct services to www.smpublication.com 9


Turkey news Izmir, a beautiful coastal city and key business hub. This new gateway to Turkey will strengthen Qatar Airways’ already robust presence in the Turkish market, while providing our passengers travelling from Turkey enhanced connectivity to our extensive global route map of more than 160 destinations. Izmir is also home to the country’s second-largest port after Istanbul, and is a major commercial centre, making it a key destination for business travelers.” Three weekly flights to Izmir will be operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring 12 seats in Business Class and 132 seats in Economy Class. Jazeera Airways, Kuwait's leading low-cost airline, has started serving for the first time the coastal city of Bodrum in Turkey with three flights a week. The new Turkish destination is an addition to the three flights a week recently launched to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (SAW), and to the existing daily flights to the new Istanbul Airport (IST). Speaking of the new route launch, Jazeera Airways CEO, Rohit Ramachandran, said: “We are very excited to be starting flights to Bodrum during the summer season. It has become an extremely popular leisure destination for the Kuwaiti market. We are also pleased to have increased flights to Istanbul and offer our customers the choice of airport to fly through. Istanbul is a great touristic destination that never ceases to amaze with every visit thanks to its deeply-rooted history and culture.” Turkish Airlines receives its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Boeing announced that the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Turkish Airlines is delivered on June 26. Turkey's flag carrier plans to use the airplane's fuel efficiency, range, reliability and size to operate new nonstop international routes such as Bali, Bogota-Panama, Washington and Atlanta. “Turkish Airlines has been committed to continuously expanding its range of services on and off-ground as it grows in reach and flies to more international destinations than any other carrier in the world. With this goal in mind, we’re thrilled to reach new horizons with the addition of the 787-9 Dreamliner to our fleet flying from our new home, Istanbul Airport,” said M. İlker Aycı, Turkish Airlines’ Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee. “The aircraft’s advanced technology, fuel efficiency, and passenger-centric cabin design will all help us remain 10  New Focus | July / August 2019


the first choice for travelers and provide our loyal flyers across the globe with a best-in-class experience for years to come.” More than 80 customers around the world have ordered more than 1,400 Dreamliners since the program’s introduction, making it the fastest-selling widebody jet in history. The 787 Dreamliner allows airlines to reduce fuel use and emissions by 20 to 25 percent and serve far-away destinations. The combination of fuel efficiency and long range has helped airlines flying the 787 family of airplanes save more than 36 billion pounds (16 billion kilograms) of fuel and open more than 235 non-stop routes. Turkish Airlines’ Dreamliner has seating capacity for 300 passengers, including 270 economy class seats and 30 business class seats. The carrier’s 787 includes long haul economy class seats and business class monuments produced in Turkey by Turkish suppliers. Izmir and Ankara airports join the European airports’ effort to zero emissions by 2050 At the 29th ACI EUROPE Annual Congress in Cyprus – the annual gathering for airport CEOs across Europe TAV Airports signed a landmark commitment to become net zero for their carbon emissions by 2050 at two of its airports, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Ankara Esenboga in Turkey. This commitment was undertaken as part of ACI EUROPE, the trade association for the European airport industry, announcing a Resolution formally committing the industry to achieve net zero by 2050, at the latest. The collective pledge – further undersigned by 194 airports, operated by 40 airport operators across 24 countries - marks a significant step change in the climate action ambitions for the airport industry. Sani Sener, CEO and President TAV Airports said “Sustainability is at the core of our business model at TAV. We strive to create the highest value for our stakeholders while minimizing our impact on the environment. Ankara Esenboga and Izmir Adnan Menderes have achieved Level 3+ Neutrality status for the last three years at the Airport Carbon Accreditation Program. We believe that contributing to efforts to counter climate change is our responsibility to future generations. We aim to confirm with the highest standards and best practices in our industry.” www.smpublication.com 11


Turkey news Dr Michael Kerkloh, President of ACI EUROPE and CEO of Munich Airport commented “Europe’s airports have been leading climate action with annual reductions announced every year for the past decade². 43 of them have actually become carbon neutral, supported by the global industry standard Airport Carbon Accreditation. However, today’s commitment brings a new dimension to this – no offsets. Crucially, with its NetZero2050 commitment, the airport industry is aligning itself with the Paris Agreement and the new Climate goal adopted just last week by the EU.” Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC said “Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC said “The IPCC Special Report from last October is unequivocal about the need to achieve net zero emissions by mid-century. We need all sectors of society working towards this ultimate goal. It is therefore encouraging to see the airport industry voluntarily raising its ambitions and we look forward to working with this vital sector.” The deadline of 2050 is aligned with the latest IPCC evidence and the decarbonisation strategy set out by the European Commission and adopted by the Council of the European Union. There are already 3 net zero airports in Europe, Luleå, Ronneby and Visby all operated by Swedavia. New Train Service between Iran and Turkey to boost tourism A new passenger rail service started on Monday with a passenger train leaving capital Tehran for Turkey’s eastern city of Van. The once-weekly train will have a stopover in Iran’s northwestern city of Tabriz before crossing the border. The train ride takes around 24 hours for Tehran-Tabriz-Van train to reach its destination. According to Iran news agency, Iran and Turkey have also agreed to launch direct train services between its capitals; Tehran and Ankara. Iran’s Deputy Minister of Road and Urban Development Saeed Rasooli announced in early June that in addition to the Tehran-Ankara and Tehran-Van trains, tourist trains will be operated between the two neighboring countries. He said Iran and Turkey have finalized an agreement on tariffs on cargo trains traveling between the two countries.

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The Luxury Collection opens its First Resort in Çeşme Marriott's The Luxury Collection announced the opening of Reges, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Çeşme. Owned by Reges Turizm Inşaat A.Ş., the hotel marks The Luxury Collection's third hotel in Turkey, joining the brand's existing properties in Bodrum and Ankara. Curved around an idyllic natural cove and bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days of the year, Reges is spread across two kilometres of Çeşme's Boyalık Bay. The 93 guestrooms and 11 suites feature oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the sapphire-hued Aegean Sea. Inspired by the surrounding lush nature, the guestroom design features gold-dipped leaves, peacock feathers and jacquard patterning, with splashes of turquoise energizing the neutral color palette. Crafted from locally-sourced marble, the sleek en-suite bathrooms combine traditional elements of fretwork and gold fixtures, with modern indulgences such as rainfall showers and signature Byredo products. Stateof-the-art technology has been integrated discreetly, from ultra-modern flat-screen TVs to intuitive systems which personalise temperature and lighting preferences – reinforcing the hotel's commitment to an unmatched level of service. Influenced by the dancing lines of a Whirling Dervish, the tiered design of the resort's architecture fans out like a spinning skirt, reinterpreting the ancient Sufi ritual for a contemporary audience. This thoughtful approach extends to the light-filled lobby, where the ancient Japanese practice of Kintsugi – the art of appreciating imperfection – is recrafted through modern Turkish design, with gilded embellishments adding depth and story. “Çeşme is a breath-taking Turkish resort town that overlooks the glistening Aegean Sea, and its natural beauty and offerings, including clear waters with unparalleled diving sites make this a truly special location for The Luxury Collection’s third hotel in Turkey,” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “We are thrilled to uncover this hidden treasure for our global travelers who are sure to develop a deep connection with this remarkable destination.” www.smpublication.com 13


Turkey news Uzakrota Travel Summit 2019 to welcome 4000 Tourism Leaders in Istanbul Uzakrota Travel Summit, among the most important events in the tourism sector, will be organized for the 6th times in Istanbul. The Summit will take place at the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus in Istanbul on the December 13, 2019, and will attract professionals from tourism and media sectors, business representatives and IT professionals. The main sponsors of the event are SKYhub, Emirates Airline, Atlasglobal, and IRC International Residency and Citizenship. This year’s event further expands its concept and content with the participation of more than 4.000 local and foreign tourism professionals in 3 conference rooms, 6 scenes and addition Hotelspro B2B Area and HotelRunner Lounge. Uzakrota Travel Summit which has chosen as one of the most effective 10 tourism events by Bidroom, will bring together travel agencies, tourism tech firms, hotels, agencies serving the tourism industry and bloggers from Turkey and abroad. More than 150 speakers will address topics such as “Role of the Internet in the Destination Marketing", "Power of Emerging Markets and Online Platforms", "The Present and Future of Online Platforms", "Effect of Payment Platforms on End-Users", "Future Travel Groups and Marketing Strategies“ and "How Google Affects Tourism and Travel Industry? Why will SEO be More Important in 2020?" in 6 scenes in 63 sessions. SKYhub Main Hall, Neredekal Tourism Tech, Emirates Tourism Marketing Halls and in addition HotelRunner Lounge and Hotelspro B2B Area are other features of this year’s Uzakrota Travel Summit. Uzakrota team will organize a boutique event on 27 September in London before the main Istanbul summit with the participation of 250 people and will bring together the industry representatives. Do not miss the early registration opportunity. For further information about the speakers, sponsors and the program please visit: https://www. uzakrota.com/summit19 14  New Focus | July / August 2019


China's Alipay launches in Turkey Turkey's leading fintech company, ininal becomes Alipay's first partner in Turkey. Alipay will be available for Chinese mainland visitors at bricksand-mortar stores in Turkey. This service will be first available in the facilities of Dorak Holding, who plans all activities for tourists and manages numbers of merchants throughout Turkey, serving more than 85% of Chinese tourists visiting Turkey. Merchants accepting Alipay include Turkish specialty retailers, hot-air balloons in Cappadocia, shops, hotels, and Turkish restaurants. Merchants can connect with Chinese customers with digital marketing via the Alipay app while Chinese tourists visit Istanbul and Cappadocia, and those customers can make payments by using the same Alipay app to scan an Alipay QR code displayed on card terminals at the checkout. Through the collaboration between ininal and Alipay, while Alipay users pay in Chinese Yuan during their visits to Turkey, Turkish merchants will be able to receive payments from Chinese visitors in US Dollars at Dorak Tour locations. Later this summer, Turkish merchants will be able to receive payments in Turkish Lira at existing and new Multinet Up merchants including global chain restaurants and retailers. Multinet Up, ininal's parent company and the leading financial services company in Turkey maintaining over 40,000 merchants, will utilize its

experience in building a network and infrastructure to expand Alipay acceptability. ininal and Multinet Up will work in collaboration with Alipay to further expand the network across Turkey. Jewelers, luxury clothing stores, museums and duty-free shops are expected to join in the near future.

In Brief Pegasus Airlines General Manager Mehmet T. Nane, elected to IATA Board of Directors. Murat Yıldırım named General Manager of Greenport Hotel Bodrum. Volkan Kayabaşı appointed Life Inn turizm as General Manager. Cenk Alptekin named founding partner of Masters Travel. Cenk Ünverdi appointed as General Manager of all Rixos Hotels in the UAE. Zehra Küçükali appointed Hilton Bakırköy as Cluster Manager. Reges A Luxury Collection Çeşme has appointed Yıldıray Altın as General Manager. Nihan Esen named Convention Manager at Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar – ICEC.

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WORLD news Eldorado Resorts acquires Caesars Entertainment for $17.3 billion Eldorado Resorts, Inc. and Caesars Entertainment Corp. have entered into a definitive merger agreement to create the largest U.S. gaming company. Eldorado will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Caesars for a total value of $12.75 per share, reflecting total consideration of approximately $17.3 billion. It is comprised of $7.2 billion in cash, approximately 77 million Eldorado common shares and the assumption of Caesars outstanding net debt (excluding face value of the existing convertible note). The proposed transaction will combine two leading gaming companies with complementary national operating platforms, strong brands, strategic industry alliances, and a collective commitment to enhancing guest service and shareholder value. The combined company will provide its guests with access to approximately 60 domestic casino–resorts and gaming facilities across 16 states. The transaction is transformational for each company’s shareholders, employees and customers, combining Eldorado’s operational expertise with Caesars industry-leading loyalty program, regional network and Las Vegas assets. Air France-KLM and Accor announce new Loyalty Program Partnership Accor Group and the Air France-KLM Group are strengthening their existing partnership by offering, for the first time in the European travel industry a dual reward scheme to their entire global loyalty customer base. Every time our customers travel on a flight marketed and operated by Air France and/or KLM, or stay a night at an Accor hotel, they will now simultaneously earn both Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward points. Customers will earn Flying Blue Miles and Le Club AccorHotels Reward Points automatically when flying with Air France and/or KLM or staying in a Le Club AccorHotels participating hotel. This new, strengthened partnership offers customers more opportunities to earn and redeem. It allows both the Air France-KLM Group and Accor Group to reward their members across more stages of their journey. 16  New Focus | July / August 2019


The AG Group is born in Italy The AG Group is born as the first ever incoming tourist group in Italy in the position to offer its own complete in-house service to fulfill today’s growing tourism demand. On June 28, RSI–Italy Boutique Journey -DMC, Italy Hotels Collection Hotel Consulting & Revenue management, MAG Hotels - 4 Star Boutique Hotels in the city center of Rome, Diana’s Place – A chain of gourmet Bistros each with their own particularly extensive wine cellars merge under one roof. Each company was founded and directed by Andrea Girolami, and today becomes known as The AG Group Brand, the founder's initials. Completing the equation and no less prestigious is the novice collection of Luxury Retreats for the elderly. Each brand has contributed and brought to life the first Tourist Group in Italy capable of providing all aspects of their very own in-house services. DMC, Tour Operator & Event Management, Hotel Consulting, Boutique Hotels, Restaurants, and Retirement homes. AG Group, whose significant claim is Your gateway to Italy, is from today online with the portal www.aggroupitaly.it, thus rebranding all the above business units. »» AG Hotels - five 4 star hotels in the center of Rome, with a sixth new opening in September 2019 and a magnificent 5-star hotel in Florence in the autumn, in the prestigious street of Via de' Tornabuoni. More new openings in the pipeline will soon follow in Venice and Milan. »» AG Boutique Journey, DMC, Tour Operator, Event Management & Wedding planner also with an important sector specializing in the luxury market. »» AG Hotel Consulting, revenue consulting agency for 4 & 5-star hotels throughout Italy currently contributing to the marketing of 30 hotels and with a goal to reach the 100 mark within the next two years. »» AG Foodies, Bistros in Rome city center as well as on the Rooftop Terraces of two of the AG Hotels, plus the one very soon to open in Florence. All Gourmet menus are creatively managed and directed by the well-known Michelin star chef Andrea Fusco. »» AG Domus Nova, the novelty of the Group with an important Retirement Home project, starting in central Italy, to respond to the demand for hospitality for the third age.

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WORLD news Airbus launches The A321XLR Airbus at Paris Air Show has launched the A321XLR to complement its best-selling A321neo Family. The A321XLR thus becomes the next evolutionary step which responds to market needs for even more range, and creates more value for the airlines by bringing 30% lower fuel burn per seat than previousgeneration competitor aircraft. Starting from 2023, the aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm – 15% more than the A321LR and with the same unbeatable fuel efficiency. With this added range, airlines will be able to operate a lower-cost singleaisle aircraft on longer and less heavily travelled routes – many of which can now only be served by larger and less efficient wide-body aircraft. This will enable operators to open new world-wide routes such as India to Europe or China to Australia, as well as further extending the Family’s non-stop reach on direct transatlantic flights between continental Europe and the Americas. For passengers, the A321XLR’s new Airspace cabin will provide the best travel experience, while offering seats in all classes with the same high-comfort as on long-haul widebody aircraft. The A321XLR has been designed to maximize overall commonality with the A321LR and the rest of the A320neo Family, while introducing minimal changes needed to give the aircraft an Xtra Long Range with increased revenue payload. The changes include: the new permanent Rear Centre Tank (RCT) for more fuel volume; a modified landing gear for an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 101 metric tonnes; and an optimised wing trailing-edge flap configuration to preserve the same take-off performance and engine thrust requirements as today’s A321neo. In particular, the new optimised RCT holds more fuel than several optional Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs) did previously, while taking up less space in the cargo hold – thus freeing-up underfloor volume for additional cargo and baggage on long range routes. The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,500 orders from more than 100 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates new-generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices plus other improvements which together bring double-digit fuel savings over its predecessor, the A320ceo Family. 18  New Focus | July / August 2019


OYO becomes China's largest hotel brand OYO Hotels & Homes, the world’s sixth largest and fastest-growing chain of leased and franchised hotels, homes & living spaces, announced that it has now become the largest single hotel brand in China and continues to maintain the second spot at the hotel group level in the country. In a short span of 1.6 years, OYO has expanded its presence to 337+ cities and 500,000 rooms, surpassing the scale of traditional and established hotel chain brands in the country, such as Home Inn, Hanting and others. The company has allocated approximately $100 million out of the $600 million earlier committed to being invested in China, towards quality & system improvements and customer service. The company has hired over 10,000 people and created jobs for over 200,000 Chinese hospitality enthusiasts. World's Most Valuable and Strongest Airport Brands in 2019 Brand Finance announced results of its inaugural report into world’s most valuable airport brands. Heathrow is the world’s most valuable airport brand, with a brand value of US$919 million, according to the report. The report uses a variety of metrics such as service quality, customer reviews, and ratings, airport capacity, number of destinations, investment and utilization to measure the value and strength of airport brands around the world. Singapore’s Changi Airport clinches the title of world’s strongest and second most valuable airport brand, with a Brand Strength Index (BSI) score of 86.90 out of 100. In the brand strength stakes, Changi is followed by Hong Kong International Airport (86.26 out of 100) and South Korea’s Incheon (85.85 out of 100). French Groupe ADP hold two of the world’s most valuable airport brands, with Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport ranked 5th (brand value US$544 million) and Paris Orly Airport (brand value US$152 million) in 24th rank. 4 Chinese airports make it to the rankings, an indication of high standards exercised in Far Eastern aviation: Shanghai Pudong, Hong Kong Intl, Beijing Capital, Guangzhou Baiyun all feature within world’s top 25 airports. 5 US hubs are among world’s best: Los Angeles Intl, JFK Intl, Fort Worth Intl, San Francisco Intl, and O’Hare Intl. www.smpublication.com 19


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Tourism history Thailand forum Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn brought along a team of high-level TAT executives to attend the inaugural Forum on “Thailand: The Greatest Story in Global Tourism HiSTORY” on June 14. Organised by Imtiaz Muqbil, Executive Editor of Travel Impact Newswire, Thailand’s second longest serving travel trade journalist, the forum was the first curtain-raiser event in the build-up to 2020, when both the TAT and Thai Airways International will be marking the 60th anniversary of their founding. Other participants included Mr Siripakorn Chaewsamoot, Deputy Governor for Policy and Planning, TAT; Mrs Chutima Wongvibulsin, Senior Manager – Marketing Support & Development, Meetings and Incentives Department, Thailand Conventions and Exhibitions Bureau; and Prof Nathsinee Chinthanapoompaisal, Head of Tourism Management, Dusit Thani College. The TAT Governor has invited Imtiaz Muqbil to do a follow-up presentation at the annual TAT Marketing meeting in Udon Thani, July 1.

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Interview with Peter Lucas We talked with Mr. Peter Lucas, General Manager of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok about the hotel industry as well as the The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok.

Could you pls. introduce us yourself in Tourism and Hotel industry? “ I am Peter Lucas, General Manager of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit, Bangkok since 2017. I graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma in Hotel Operation/Management. Afterwards I worked in Melbourne (Hilton), Kuala Lumpur (Hilton), Hua Hin (Hilton), Tokyo (Conrad & Hilton)... then I was Executive Assistant Manager at Sofitel Angkor, Siem Reap-Cambodia (2010), General Manager of Park Plaza Bangkok (2012) and General Manager at Four Points by Sheraton Bangkok (2015), before to integrate The Westin Family. All these previous experiences gave me strong background in hotel management, communication and planning skills. Every day, I am excited to have this opportunity to develop such an accomplished and dynamic hotel in the heart of Bangkok, and be surrounded by motivated teams. Together, we hang on to drive The Westin Grande Sukhumvit to the next level of guest experience.”

What is your thoughts about the future of hotel industry in Thailand, Asia and in the world. Also new trends in hospitality sector at Asia? Hotel Industry In Thailand: From ever-increasing numbers of hotel rooms, which are helping to raise overall levels of competition and push hotels to be different to increase their business. Hotel Industry in Asia: There are some country and/or area where the hotel industry must be developpe in term of modernity, design, guest experience After that, the Hotel Industry in the World: Future : - High tech equipment : on the - Look for an experience not just an commun area and room hotel with a nice room & facilities - Robots - Increase “health” and “Well-being” - Connectivity + digitalization - Be different, unique, personalized - Artificial intelligence - Ecology

- Recognition Technology - Creativity regarding New ads and Promotion - VR & Augmented Reality - Big Data

Could you pls. Shortly tell us The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok? Westin Grande Sukhumvit, a 5-star hotel, located in the heart of Bangkok offers a unique experience, where the atmosphere and the ambience make you feel well and warm welcomed. Due to its central location in Bangkok, the hotel is a good place to enjoy Bangkok's leisure trips as well as business stays. With these 362 rooms, on an elegant and contemporize design, and their exceptional Westin Heavenly® bed, baths and amenities; our guests made of The Westin Grande Sukhumvit a hotel of choice. Our dedicated associates and contemporary 14 meeting rooms transform your meeting into an inspiring and rewarding experience. To complete your experience, the hotel offers a diversity of restaurants with a high taste quality. Going through the Seasonal Tastes, a gourmet hotel buffet of international flavors and all-day dining a la carte; and then the Kisso Japanese Restaurant: an incredible traditional and contemporary Japanese restaurant in an intimate, authentic environment. And to finish, the Zest Bar & Terrace, perfect place to relax all day with an innovative food & beverage menus. The Vareena Spa, In-room Spa Service, The Pool Bar and WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio are here to fill your desires and needs in this elegant and warm environment.

Why guests prefer The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok? What is your important markets in the world and Europe? How is the Turkish market? The Westin Grande Sukhumvit Bangkok : Guest’ choices : - Service : Number 1 - Location - Food quality - Brand - Heavenly Bed Important markets : 1 -Japanese 2- Singapore 3 - USA 4 -South Korean : Increase their part

Turkish market ? After the 15th position on our market list, depends of the season.

What is the percentage of online bookings via internet for your hotel comparing to the traditional distribution channels? 45 % Part of e-channel booking VS traditional channels 50 % of the booking revenue VS traditional channels

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TTMplus organized in Pattaya Thailand’s most important B2B travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2019 took place 5-7 June 2019, has a bigger and brighter format that clearly reflects the new sense of direction in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global environment. Under the theme of “New Shades of Emerging Destinations”, the TTM+ 2019 has attracted total participation of 351 buyers, 371 sellers, and around 130 international and domestic media. For the second consecutive year, the event is taking place at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club Pattaya, the biggest marina in Southeast Asia.

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Feel like an angel at Deverana Spa Chiang Mai Devarana Spa is one of the best luxuries spas and massages in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Situated in the heart of Chiang Mai near the famed Night Bazaar, Devarana Spa at the stylish dusitD2 Chiang Mai brings unlimited privacy and luxury indulgence for visitors. The elegant spa’s five spacious treatment suites are fully equipped with spa amenities and facilities to offer total privacy for individuals or couples. Drawing inspiration from the literary garden in heaven, the spa’s beautiful contemporary Thai design creates a heavenly atmosphere. At the main entrance, the cascading water feature flows smoothly, linking the outer realm with the inner sanctum. Clean, graceful lines flow through all the spaces whilst earth tone colors and soft glow lighting work harmoniously together with various textures of wood, stone, glass, and rattan to enhance comfortable and natural ecofriendly interiors. Spa Facilities: ‘‘ Grand Suite (1): built-in steam shower, bath, massage area, lounge ‘‘ Deluxe Suites (3): shower room and massage area ‘‘ Standard Room (1): built-in steam shower, bath, massage area

Opening Hour: 11.00 hrs. - 20.00 hrs. Daily Adress: dusitD2chiangmai 100 Chang Klan Road, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 Thailand. Tel: +66 5399 9999 ext. 5318-5319 Direct Line: +66 5325 2511 | Fax: +66 5325 2535 Email: chiangmai@devaranaspa.com 24  New Focus | July / August 2019


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Let’s Meet In Bodrum

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Fashion, Dance, Romance & Love

B

odrum is a lively, popular holiday resort on the Aegean Sea, renowned in antiquity under its ancient name, Halicarnassus.

It’s a town of white houses hung with flowers rising tier on tier against a green hill overlooking a dazzling blue bay guarded by the great medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes. Bodrum has an incredibly rich past. Its position in or near so many of the great civilizations and events of ancient history also makes Halikarnassos - Ancient name of Bodrum - an important center. Bodrum is one of the most beautiful cosmopolitan and sophisticated holiday resorts in Turkey. At any time of the day and night, there is always something going on here.

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One of the unique features of Bodrum as a holiday resort is that in addition to the active recreational opportunities available by day and the unequaled Bodrum nightlife, so many more tranquil bays, beaches and villages are available to enjoy. No other area on the Turkish Aegean coast provides the visitor with the opportunity to experience traditional Turkish life only a few minutes away from the hustle and bustle of a modern tourist center.

Gümbet It is the nearest beach to Bodrum, just 3 km. away. It is now a self contained resort with hotels, shops, bars, discos, banks and everything a tourist needs for 24 hours of non stop fun. Gümbet is also one of the most popular water sports centers with water-skiing, windsurfing, parasailing, etc. available. The popularity of Gümbet has also generated nightlife and the streets of Gümbet vibrate till dawn with the music from fashionable bars, discos and street side-cafes.

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Bitez Bitez just 7 km west of Bodrum, is in the bay next to Gümbet. The winds are favorable for windsurfing and several water sports. The beach is sandy, with plenty clubs for sunbathing. The only Turkish Delight (Lokum) to be made on the peninsula is made here. Minibuses (dolmuş) leave for Bitez every 2030 minutes from the main bus station in Bodrum.

Ortakent

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Ortakent and Yahşi Ortakent & Yahşi is the next bay to Bitez following the peninsula round to the west and just 13 km from Bodrum. There is a very long and sandy beach which is popular with families. There are several beach side cafes providing inexpensive meals and snacks throughout the day. There is also a camping area. Ortakent, which means ‘Midtown’ straddles the main Bodrum-Turgutreis road. The village is unremarkable except for the distinctive 17th century ‘tower houses’ unique to the area and built for defensive purposes. In the early spring the village hosts an annual camel wrestling festival.

Turgutreis 18 km from Bodrum and named after the famous Ottoman admiral Turgut Reis, Turgutreis is a small town that combines a compact town center with several beaches and offers all amenities for tourists. It is also an ideal surfing place. Regular buses connect Turgutreis with Bodrum, and in high season coaches for Istanbul and Ankara leave from the Turgutreis bus station.

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Kadıkalesi Kadıkalesi is next to Turgutreis and offers some of the finest holiday resorts.

Gündoğan Only a few minutes from and west of Yalikavak, Gündoğan is a place that can be really called a peaceful destination. It is a little village which is still more or less unspoiled despite the holiday developments on the surrounding hills. Here, in the North of the peninsula, a fresh breeze often comes. That’s a reason why many surfers prefer this bay. 32  New Focus | July / August 2019


Gümüşlük 24 km from Bodrum and protected from modern development due to Myndos, an ancient site, Gümüşlük is an ideal spot for a peaceful holiday. Gümüş is the Turkish word for Silver. The village has survived the influx of tourism. Rabbits are raised on the island at the end of the causeway, a short paddle away. There are many seaside fish restaurants, where you can sit comfortably next to the gently lapping sea. Yalıkavak

18 km from Bodrum, it is a small but developed town with busy center and has a harbor where visiting yachts and fishing boats moor cheerfully together and offers everything required. There are many seaside cafes, restaurants and hotels. An old olive press is converted into a showroom for kilims, carpets and jewelry where visitors are welcome. www.smpublication.com 33


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Akyarlar 22 km from Bodrum and it is the closest point to Kos (Greek Island). Winds here are ideal for windsurfing. This is one of the safest beaches for children on the peninsula. There are several cafes and a tiny harbor. There are camping facilities and a couple of small, inexpensive pensions for independent travelers.

Torba This little village is hiding in a charming little bay. Located at North of Bodrum, Torba is the nearest and the first village of Bodrum town. It is only active during the summer months, but due to the high quality of the holiday home developments, it is a pleasant and relaxed place to visit. There are also the remains of a Byzantine monastery. Ferries to Didim leave from Torba harbor across the Gulf of GĂźllĂźk. 34  New Focus | July / August 2019


Göl - Türkbükü Gölköy and Türkbükü are two fishing villages, we are mentioning in one, because they are close to each other. These delightful spots are the favorite retreats of many well-known Turkish artists, actors and entertainers who enliven the many small bars and restaurants at night. Several of the more popular restaurants are run by Istanbul couples who have fled the big city.

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Ruhani şehir Chiang Mai TTM sonrası post fam’imizi 20 yıla yaklaşan bir aradan sonra tekrar Chang Mai oldu. Tayland’ın Budist anıt ve dini merkezler ile dolu şehri ruhani ve mistik bir kimlik taşır. Sayıları 100’ü aşan Budist tapınaklarında Monk adlı keşiş okullarında meditasyon seanslarına da katılınabiliyor. Havaalanından çok uzak olmayan şehir merkezinin en turistik bölgesi olan Old Town’ a çok yakın olan otelimiz Dusit D2, Tayland’ın en büyük otel zinciri Dusit Otellerinin bir üyesi. Chiang Mai’de ayrıca biraz daha eski olan zincirin ikinci otel Dusit Princess Chiang Mai’de yine merkeze çok yakın. Dusit otellerinin ünlü masaj salonu Deverana Spa’ya da Dusit D2 otelde Chiang Mai masajı da yaptırmanızı öneririz. (Dusit Princess Chiang Mai: +66 53 999 999) 36  New Focus | July / August 2019


Dusit D2 otelimizin önündeki cadde her akşam kurulan Night Bazaar’ı ile ünlü. Hergece turistler yeme içme, alışveriş ve eğlence için bu caddeye çıkarak yerli halkın arasına karışılabiliyor. Chiang Mai’ın çok güvenli bir şehir olduğunu da burada notlarımız arasına ekleyelim.

Şehrin en önemli bölgesi Old Town ise çevresi surlarla kaplı, etrafı akarsu ile çevrili ,içinde çok önemli Budist anıt ve tapınağın olduğu, ayrıca butik oteller, masaj & spa salonları ve farklı tarzlarda resturant, cafeler ile şehrin kalbi.

Old Town içindeki her pazar günü akşam 6 da başlayan, Sunday Night Market, gece alışveriş pazarı da Tayland’ın en büyük ve en zengin night marketleri arasında. Yiyecekten giyeceğe yok yok. Tarihi Chiang Mai müzesi, Lanna Folklor Müzesi, Wat Phra Singh ve tik ağacından yapılmış tapınak ve içinde zümrüt bir Buda heykeli olan ve meditasyona katılma olanağı da olan Wat Phra Chedi Luang Old Town’ın en önemli yapıtları arasında. Bu arada soluklanmak için butik müze cafesi Araksa’yı da özellikle tavisye ederiz. Gündüz açık olan ve halkın hayatının geçtiği Warorot Market ve Çiçek Pazarı, üstü kapalı çarşılar olarak serin Asya tipi alışveriş merkezleri. Bu çarşılarda yiyecekten giyeceğe, nalburiyeden, elektroniğe ve deniz ürünlerine kadar çok çeşit yerel halkın tüm ihtiyaçlarına cevap veriyor. www.smpublication.com 37


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Çiçek pazarı da 100 ün üzerinde Budist tapınağın olduğu şehirde halkın ibadet için çok önem verdiği her cinsten çiçek ve çiçek ürünleri ile rengarenk.

Deniz seviyesinden 1000 m kadar yüksek bulunan yerleşim merkezi Doi Suthep ve şehri muhteşem manzarası ile büyüleyen tapınak Wat Phra Doi Suthep mutlaka görülmesi gereken yerler arasında.

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El yapımı eşyaları üreten San Kamphent Village ve çeşitli desenlerde boya ve figürlerin olduğu ünlü Tayland şemsiye yapımcılarının köyü BorSang Village da ziyaret noktaları arasında yer alıyor. Mae Sa ve Mea Rim fil kamplarını, Tiger Kingdom in Chaing Mai’da kaplanları, Chiang Mai Zoo’da Çin Pandası ile diğer bölge hayvan çeşitlerini görebilirsiniz. Chiang Mai orkide bahçelerini de ayrıca öneririz.

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Chiang Mai’in bir eğlence parkı var adı Chiang Mai Night Safari. ABD’deki oyun parklarından hiçbir eksiği olamayan hatta düzen ve yerleşim olarak daha üsütün olduğunu bile rahatlıkla söyleyebileceğimiz Chiang Mai Night Safari’yi kesinlikle görmelisiniz. Yüzlerce çeşit hayvanı Afrika safari parklarında bile bu kadar yakından görmemiş ve hatta dokunamamıştık. Aslan ve kaplanlar ile gün içinde çeşitli seanlarda yapılan gösteriler, gündüz ve gece çok sayıda hayvanın arasında yapılan tren gezileri ile yalnız çocuklar için değil büyükler için bile heycan verici . Chiang Mai Night Safari’ye mutlaka bir öğleden sonranızı ayırmanızı öneririz. (Chiang Mai Night Safari: +66 53 999 000)

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Chiang Mai’da ayrıca çok ünlü Khantoke Dinner with Nothern Thailand Dances Show gelenekel Chiang Mai mutfağı ve Chiang Mai yöresel folklorik dansları ile çok ünlü. Öğle yemeğiniz için ise makul fiyatlı Sethasin Restaurant’ı farklı lezzetlerdeki yemeklerini tatmanız için tavsiye ediyoruz. Eğer fazla günüzü varsa günlük olarak yapabileceğiniz Tayland’ın en yüksek dağı olan Doi Inthanon’ u da programınıza almanızı öneririz. Chiang Mai da bize rehberlik eden Jane (Nathaporn Ruankae)’e de gerek duyduğunuzda whats app ile de ulaşabilir (+ 66 819935287) yakın ilgi ile beraber çok yararlı bilgiler edinebilirsiniz.

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dusitD2 Chiang Mai Just off the famous Chang Klan Road in the heart of Chiang Mai’s city. dusitD2 Chiang Mai is surrounded by the city’s bustling Night Bazaar and entertainment. The warm, chic interior embodies the best of contemporary Thai design, and hotel’s simple, stylish while comfortable rooms provide a relaxed place to chill. 100 Chang Klan Road, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand t: +66 (0) 53 99 9999 e: d2cm@dusit.com w: www.dusit.com/d2cm

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bülten EGE otelcileri ilk başkanlarını kaybetti Türk turizmine unutulmaz hizmetler veren duayen turizmci, Ege Turistik İşletmeler ve Konaklamalar Birliği (ETİK) Onursal Başkanı Haluk Nişlioğlu hayata veda etti. Nişlioğlu’nun vefatı, uzun yıllar çeşitli görevlerde bulunduğu ve hizmet verdiği turizm dünyasında büyük üzüntü yarattı. Ege Turistik İşletmeler ve Konaklamalar Birliği (ETİK) Başkanı ve Türkiye Otelciler Federasyonu Başkan Yardımcısı Mehmet İşler, Haluk Nişlioğlu’nun vefatı üzerine bir başsağlığı mesajı yayınladı. İşler, mesajında şöyle dedi: “Değerli büyüğümüz ve ağabeyimiz, onursal başkanımız Sayın Nişlioğlu’nu kaybetmenin derin üzüntüsü içindeyiz. Türk turizmine, konaklama sektörüne uzun yıllar unutulmaz hizmetler veren değerli büyüğümüzün hayata veda etmesinin acısını yaşıyoruz. Merhuma Allah’tan rahmet, kederli ailesine, yakınlarına, sevenlerine ve tüm turizm camiamıza baş sağlığı ve sabırlar diliyoruz.” 08 Haziran 2019 Cumartesi günü hayata veda eden Haluk Nişlioğlu, rahatsızlığı nedeniyle bir süredir İzmir Katip Çelebi Üniversitesi Atatürk Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi’nde tedavi görüyordu. 87 yaşında hayatını kaybeden Nişlioğlu’nun cenazesi 09 Haziran 2019 Pazar günü Küçükyalı Hamidiye Camisi’nde ikindi namazının ardından kılınacak cenaze namazından sonra Tırazlı Mezarlığı’nda toprağa verilecek.

Turizm Teşvik değişiklikleri kanunlaştı Turizm Teşvik Kanununda yapılan değişiklikler Resmi Gazete’de yayımlanarak yürürlüğe girdi. Ayrıca ‘’Turizm Tesislerinin Niteliklerine İlişki Yönetmelik’’ de yürürlüğe girdi.

Almanya’da Türkiye Festivali Anonim şirkete dönüşme başarısını yakalayan COOP TRR Int. AG, Kuzey Almanya’da yapacağı büyük bir etkinlikle Alman tatilcilere de dokunarak Türk turizminin yıldızını daha da parlatacak. Avrupa’dan ülkemize olan turizm talebinin yükseldiği şu günlerde Almanya’daki bu trendin kalıcı olması için çalışan Avrupa Türk Acenteciler Birliği (COOP TRR Int. AG), yeni yapılanmasıyla birlikte ses getirecek bir etkinliğe imza atacak. COOP TRR Int. AG, bu yılki geleneksel yıllık buluşmasını Kuzey Almanya’da ulaşımın kalbi olan Münster/Osnabrück Havalimanı’nda dev bir etkinlik şeklinde gerçekleştirecek. Türkiye Festivali’ne dönüşecek bu buluşma, ülkemizden gidecek turizmciler ile COOP TRR Int. AG üyelerini bir araya getirirken Alman tatilciler için de erken rezervasyon fırsatları sunacak.

Rus’ların Türkiye harcamalarında %17 artış bekleniyor Visa, Rusya vatandaşlarının yurt dışındaki harcamalarında artış beklendiğini açıkladı. Şirketten yapılan basın açıklamasında, 2019 yazında Rusya vatandaşlarının Visa kartıyla yurt dışında yapacakları toplam harcamaların bu yıla kıyasla yüzde 7 artmasının beklendiği belirtildi. Yurt dışında Visa kartı kullanan Rusya vatandaşlarının sayısında da yüzde 10 artış tahmin edildiği kaydedilen açıklamada, “2,3 milyon Visa kartı kullanıcısının bir seyahatte ortalama 11 kez ödeme yapması, toplam harcamalarının ortalamasının 826 dolar olması bekleniyor” denildi. Bu yaz döneminde Rusya dışında Visa kartı ile ödeme yapması beklenen Rusya vatandaşlarının yüzde 17’sinin nakit ödeme, yüzde 83’ünün otel, mağaza, restoran 44  New Focus | July / August 2019


ve eğlence merkezlerinde POS cihazları ile mal ve hizmet ödemesi yapacaklarının tahmin edildiği belirtildi. Visa, bu yaz döneminde Rusya vatandaşlarının Türkiye’deki harcamalarında ise geçen yaza göre yüzde 17 artış beklendiğini açıkladı. Rusya vatandaşlarının bu yaz Visa kartı ile yapacakları harcamalarda en fazla artış tahmin edilen diğer ülkeler şöyle: Tunus: %25 Türkiye: %17 Güney Kıbrıs: %25 Japonya: %15 Gürcistan: %25 Macaristan %15 Dominik Cumhuriyeti: %21 Vietnam: %15 İzlanda: %19 Malta: %14 Visa, Rusya vatandaşlarının yeni yıl ve Noel tatilleri sırasında 1-10 Ocak 2019 tarihleri arasında yurt dışında 300 milyon doları aşkın harcama yaptığını açıklamıştı. Rusya vatandaşları bu dönemde Visa kartları ile en fazla İtalya (29 milyon dolar), Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri (22 milyon dolar) ve Tayland’da (21 milyon dolar) harcama yaptı.(Turkrus)

Yaza Ruslar damga vuracak Türkiye, bu yılın yaz döneminde de Rus turistlerin bir numaralı tatil noktası olacak. Rusya Tur Operatörleri Birliğinden (ATOR) yapılan açıklamada, Rusya‘da vatandaşların 2019 yaz sezonunda tatil tercihini yine Türkiye’den yana kullandığı belirtildi. Türkiye’nin, 2018’de olduğu gibi bu yıl da açık farkla Rus vatandaşlarının yaz döneminde en çok tercih ettiği tatil noktası olacağına işaret edilen açıklamada, bu yılın yaz sezonunda 2018’in aynı dönemine kıyasla Türkiye’ye yönelik talebin yüzde 10-15 arttığı bildirildi. Sektör yetkilileri, iklimi, uygun fiyat ve üstün hizmet kalitesiyle Türkiye’nin rakiplerinden çok daha cazip bir tatil noktası olduğunu belirtiyor. Antalya Kültür ve Turizm İl Müdürlüğü verilerine göre, bu yılın ilk 5 ayında 2018’in aynı dönemine kıyasla yüzde 20’lik artışla Antalya’yı 1 milyon 249 bin 757 Rus turist ziyaret etti. Yetkililer, bu yıl 6 milyondan fazla Rus turistin Türkiye’yi ziyaret etmesini bekliyor. (Gazetem.ru)

Antalya 5 milyona ulaştı, Ruslar ilk sırada Antalya yabancı turist sayısında, 2019 yılının ilk aylarından bu yana kırdığı rekorlara yenisini ekledi. Rusya ilk sırada, Almanya ise ikinci sırada yer aldı. Antalya Havalimanı Mülki İdare Amirliği verilerine göre 1 Ocak’tan 22 Haziran’a kadar gelen yabancı turist sayısının 4 milyon 943 bin 637 olduğu kaydedildi. Turist sayısında geçen yılın aynı dönemine göre yüzde 17’lik artış yaşandı. 1- 22 Haziran tarihleri arasında ise 1 milyon 643 bin 844 kişi geldi. Haziran ayı rakamı da geçen yılın aynı dönemine göre yüzde 16 arttı. Türkiye’nin en önemli döviz girdisi kaynaklarından turizm sektöründe, Antalya dünyanın en çok turist ağırlayan üçüncü kenti konumunda. Geçen yıl 13 milyon 642 bin turistle tüm zamanların en yüksek sayısına ulaşan kentte, bu yıl sonuna kadar toplamda 16 milyon yabancı turist hedefleniyor.(Haberrus) www.smpublication.com 45


Bülten Dünya APG günü ödüller ile kutlandı Dünyanın 170 ülkesinde faaliyet gösteren APG’nin 27 Mayıs’ta düzenlediği APG Günü etkinlikleri çerçevesinde APG Turkey’in gerçekleştirdi APG Ödül Töreni’nde havacılık dünyasının önemli isimleri bir araya geldi. IATA, TURSAB, havayolları temsilcileri ve acentelerden 60’ı aşkın konuğun bir araya geldiği gecede çeşitli kategorilerde 2018 yılının “EN”leri seçildi ve ödül töreni APG Turkey’in facebook sayfasından canlı olarak yayınlandı. Ödül Töreni öncesi kısa bir hoşgeldin konuşması yapan APG Turkey Genel Müdür’ü Ayşe Ferzan Ünlüsoy, ilkini gerçekleştirmekten gurur duydukları bu gecenin her yıl daha da büyüyerek kalıcı bir hale getirmeyi temenni ettiklerini belirtti. S&M Yayıncılığın APG’ye destek veren tek basın kuruluşu olduğu gece de ödül alan kuruluşlar şöyle; ETS TÜRK HAVAYOLLARI ATLASGLOBAL TURA TURİZM IATI GAZELLA PRONTOUR S&M YAYINCILIK ONURAİR AKDENİZ PE-TUR PEGASUS HAVAYOLLARI SİAMTUR

Yabancı turizmciler İstanbul’a aktı TÜROB ve THY işbirliğiyle dünyanın dört bir yanından gelen turizmciler İstanbul’da ağırlandı. Bir ay içinde 76 destinasyondan rekor sayıda yabancı seyahat acentesi ve tur operatörlerinin üst düzey yetkilileri İstanbul’u ziyaret etti. Ramazan ayında İstanbul’a gelen yabancı turizmci sayısı bin kişiyi aştı. Ramazan ayında otellerdeki ve hava ulaşımındaki yavaşlama Türkiye Otelciler Birliği (TÜROB) ve THY işbirliğiyle hayata geçirilen ‘Ramazan’da İstanbul’ başlıklık tanıtım projesiyle aşıldı. İki kurumun işbirliğiyle dünyanın dört bir yanından gelen turizmciler İstanbul’da ağırlandı. Bir ay içinde 76 destinasyondan rekor sayıda yabancı seyahat acentesi ve tur operatörlerinin üst düzey yetkilileri İstanbul’u ziyaret etti. Ramazan ayında gelen yabancı turizmci sayısı bin kişiyi aştı. Projeyle ilgili bilgi veren TÜROB Başkanı Müberra Eresin, Ramazan ayındaki otel ve uçak müsaitliklerinin değerlendirildiği söz konusu projeyle, İstanbul’da büyük ölçekli bir hareket ve pazar çeşitliliği yakalandığına işaret etti.

Eresin’den üye otellere teşekkür “Birlikte hareket etmenin ve dayanışmanın sektörel gücünün bir kez daha altının çizen bu dönemde, projeye büyük bir özveriyle destek olan tüm üyelerimizde sonsuz şükranlarımızı sunuyoruz” diyen Eresin, şunları söyledi: “Ramazan ayı turizm sektörü açısından özellikle İstanbul’da yavaşlama görülen bir dönem. Biz de bu dönemi avantaja çevirmek için iş ortağımız THY ile birlikte güzel bir girişimde bulunduk. Davetli destinasyonlar içerisinde mümkün olduğunca pazar çeşitliliği yaratmaya çalıştık. İşlerimizin azaldığı bu dönemi verimli bir şekilde kullanarak, ülkemiz ve şehrimiz tanıtımına önemli bir katkı sağladığımıza inanıyoruz.” 46  New Focus | July / August 2019


Gelecek Turizmde başvuru tarihi uzatıldı Yerel kalkınmayı desteklemek amacıyla 12 yıldır T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı, BirleşmişMilletler Kalkınma Programı (UNDP) ve Anadolu Efes ortaklığında yürütülen Gelecek Turizmde'ye başvuru tarihi uzatıldı. Bölgelerinin doğasını, kültürünü, tarihi yerlerini ve ürün çeşitliliğini turizme kazandırmaya, korumaya ve geleceğe aktarmaya yönelik yenilikçi fikirleri olanlar için başvurular 28 Haziran'a kadar devam edecek. T.C. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı, Birleşmiş Milletler Kalkınma Programı (UNDP) ile Anadolu Efes ortaklığında yürütülen Gelecek Turizmde'ye başvuru tarihi 28 Haziran'a kadar uzatıldı. "Yerele değer" sloganıyla Türkiye'nin dört bir yanındaki yerel değerleri turizme kazandırmak, yerel kalkınmaya katkı sağlamak ve sürdürülebilir yenilikçi fikirleriyle Gelecek Turizmde'ye katılmak isteyenler başvurularını 28 Haziran gün sonuna kadar basvuru@ gelecekturizmde.com adresine ve hibe başvuru rehberinde yer alan adrese posta ile gönderebilirler. Gelecek Turizmde'nin yeni döneminde de üç sürdürülebilir turizm projesine fon, eğitim, planlama, iletişim ve danışmanlık desteği verilecek. Bölgelerinin doğasını, kültürünü, tarihi yerlerini ve ürün çeşitliliğini turizme kazandırmak, korumak ve aynı zamanda geleceğe aktarmak için yenilikçi fikirleri olanlar, www.gelecekturizmde.com web sitesinde belirtilen detaylı adımları takip ederek başvurularını kolayca yapabilecek. Bugüne kadar 16 farklı sürdürülebilir turizm projesiyle yerel kalkınmaya destek olan Gelecek Turizmde, tam 12 yıldır yerel değerlerin ortaya çıkarılıp korunmasına ve Türkiye'nin turizmine yeniden kazandırılmasına olanak tanıyor. Gelecek Turizmde kapsamında bugüne kadar desteklenen sürdürülebilir turizm projeleri, Türkiye'nin başarı hikayelerine dönüştü. Projelerden kimi yörelerine özgü ürünleri veya geçmişten gelen tatları marka haline getirdi; kimi Anadolu'nun gizli kalan antik yerleşimlerinin tanınmasını sağladı, unutulmaya yüz tutan meslekleri yeniden canlandırdı. Gelecek Turizmde ile Türkiye'nin kelebek alanları ve yüzlerce kuş türünün yaşadığı coğrafyalar biyolojik çeşitlilikleriyle korunarak geleceğe aktarıldı, korunan yerel değerlerle kadınların iş olanakları arttı. Lavanta bahçeleri yüz binlerce turist tarafından ziyaret edildi. Türkiye'nin dört bir yanından sürdürülebilir turizm projeleri hayata geçti; yöre halkı geleceğe bir ışık yakıp, hem kendilerinin hem de bölgelerinin kaderini değiştirdi.

Gölcük Tabiat Parkı doğal haline dönüyor Bolu'daki Gölcük Tabiat Parkı'nda tamamlanmak üzereyken, mahkemece iptal edilen bungalov ve dağ köşkü projesinde bitirilen evler, atıl kaldı. Yapımında 7 milyon lira harcanan ve mahkeme kararı sonrası kenarlarında inşaat malzemeleri ve çöpler bırakılarak, işçilerin terk ettiği bungalovlar sökülecek. Gölcük'ü eski doğal haline kavuşturmayı planladıklarını kaydeden Bolu Belediye Başkanı Tanju Özcan,, "Ormanın içinde bu yapılar yapılırken belli sayıda ağacın kesildiği ortada. Tahribatın büyüklüğünü görebilmek için o yapıların oradan kalkması gerekiyor. Eğer mahkeme bunu durdurmamış olsa ve süreç işlese onun yanına yapılması planlanan bir otel de var. Daha çok ağacın kesilmesi anlamına geliyor. Zaten Gölcük'te haddinden fazla seyrekleştirme yapılmış. Bunun sonucunda çok sayıda ağacın devrildiğine herkes şahit oluyor. Tahribatın asıl büyüklüğü o yapılar oradan kalktıktan sonra ortaya çıkacak. Milli Parklar ile istişare içinde belediye olarak da bizim üzerimize ne düşüyorsa yapacağız. Gölcük'ü eski doğallığına kavuşturmak istiyoruz" dedi. www.smpublication.com 47


bülten Bodrum Golf Turnuvası sonuçlandı 3. Sirene Luxury Hotel Bodrum Golf Turnuvası 7 – 8 Haziran tarihlerinde Bodrum Golf Club'da golf severleri bir araya getirdi. Sirene Luxury Hotel Bodrum'da düzenlenen özel bir davetle ödüller sahiplerini buldu. 2017 yılından bu yana her sene, golf tutkunlarını Bodrum'un eşsiz doğasıyla buluşturan turnuva, bu sene Türk sporuna büyük katkı sağlamış olan eski Gençlik ve Spordan Sorumlu Devlet Bakanı Sayın Fikret Ünlü onuruna düzenlendi. Ödül töreni esnasında ev sahibi Akkanat Ailesinin Fikret Ünlü anısına hazırlamış olduğu kısa film ve değerli katılımcıların Fikret Ünlü hakkında yaptığı konuşmalar misafirlere duygulu anlar yaşattı. İş, sanat ve spor camiasından değerli isimlerin katılımı ile gerçekleşen Sirene Luxury Hotel Bodrum Golf Turnuvasında bu sene beş kategoride 101 oyuncu sahaya çıktı. Türkiye Golf Federasyonu Başkanı Ahmet Ağaoğlu, Bodrum Golf Kulübü Başkanı Fikret Öztürk, Akkanat Holding Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Ali Akkanat, Titanic Golf Kulübü Başkanı Mehmet Aygün, Ziylan Grubu Başkanı Mehmet Ziylan ve Kalyon Grup Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Cemal Kalyoncu gibi tanınmış isimler turnuvada yerini aldı. Sirene Luxury Hotel Bodrum'da düzenlenen ödül töreninde; turnuvada dereceye girenlere kupalarını Bodrum Kaymakamı Bekir Yılmaz, Bodrum Belediye Başkanı Ahmet Aras, Türkiye Golf Federasyonu Başkanı Ahmet Ağaoğlu, Bodrum Golf Kulübü Başkanı Fikret Öztürk, Akkanat Holding Yönetim Kurulu Başkanı Ali Akkanat, Akkanat Holding Yönetim Kurulu Üyesi Yasin Akkanat, Bodrum Emniyet Müdürü Cüneyt Yörükoğlu ve merhum Fikret Ünlü'nün eşi Ülker Ünlü takdim etti.

Kruvaziyer rotaları Kuşadası'na dönüyor Dünyanın en büyük kruvaziyer liman işletmecisi Global Ports Holding bünyesinde yer alan Ege Port Kuşadası evsahipliğinde gerçekleşen Akdeniz Kruvaziyer Limanları Birliği (MedCruise) 54. Genel Kurulu, küresel kruvaziyer endüstrisinin Türkiye buluşmasına sahne oluyor. Katılımcılar arasında Royal Carribbean, Celestyal, MSC, Carnival gibi dünyanın önde gelen kruvaziyer şirketlerinin 14'ünün başkan yardımcısı ve üst düzey yöneticileri de yer alıyor. MedCruise Başkanı Airam Diaz Pastor, "Genel kurulumuz boyunca Kuşadası, dünya kruvaziyer endüstrisinin başkenti oldu. Kuşadası'nın yer aldığı Doğu Akdeniz'de bu yıl yolcu sayısında yüzde 22, limanlara gemi yanaşmalarında ise yüzde 20 artış bekleniyor. Kuşadası tekrar geri dönüyor. Birçok gemi rotalarını Kuşadası'na çeviriyor" dedi. Global Ports Holding CEO'su Emre Sayın, "Kruvaziyer sektörü oyuncuları Türkiye'yi çok iyi biliyor. Ancak kruvaziyer sektörünün ülkemizde yükselişe geçtiği dönemde yerinde görmelerini istedik.Kuşadası, Bodrum ve İstanbul'u tanıtma olanağı bulduk" diye konuştu. MedCruise 54. Genel Kurulu, dünyanın en büyük kruvaziyer liman işletmecisi Global Ports Holding bünyesinde yer alan Ege Port Kuşadası'nın evsahipliğinde gerçekleşti. 7 Mayıs başlayan genel kurul, 10 Mayıs günü sona erdi. MedCruise 54. Genel Kurulu'na gelen katılımcılar arasında Royal Carribbean, Celestyal, MSC, Carnival gibi dünyanın önde gelen kruvaziyer şirketlerinin 14'ünün başkan yardımcısı ve üst düzey yöneticileri de yer aldı. 48  New Focus | July / August 2019


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