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No: 116 November / December’2010

Discover the European Capital of Culture 2010, Istanbul and Magnificent Golden Horn Trat & Chanthaburi WTA - Europe Ceremony held in Antalya TTM-Bangkok & ATB-Damascus

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Now, the Race Starts! Two years ago, when the economic crisis started in the world we said “every downfall after crisis, there will be a rise”. At the end of last year world economy grow up again and this year world financial problems almost recovered. Of course world tourism industry affected from this situation but now we can be able to say that tourism industry and travel professionals were luckiest because they affected less than other business sectors in this crisis years. Maybe some travel companies were drawback but new players are on the race now.

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Culture 2010, Istanbul and Magnificent Golden Horn This year Istanbul welcomes to people from the whole world for its rich cultural treasure. Those who come to Istanbul for cultural and artistic projects will visit the city’s cultural riches, mosques, churches, palaces and museums.

In November, every year, at WTM - London, the race for world tourism market starts giving the signals of the situation of tourism for the coming year. We wish fruitful business to all travel professionals in 2011.

Suat Tore

40 40 Trat & Chanthaburi Tayland’ın güneydoğusunda, Kamboçya sınırına yakın Trat Şehrinin hemen karşısında yer alan Koh Chang Chanthaburi eyaletinin yeni turistik adası. Fil Adası anlamına gelen ve Milli Park olan Koh Chang, aynı zamanda Tayland’ın Phuket’ten sonra ikinci büyük adası. Bangkok’tan kalkan pervaneli uçaklar Trat’ın yeşillikler içindeki küçük ama sempatik havaalanına 1 saatte ulaşıyor.

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CONTENTS Focus on Turkey Focus on World Travel Awards Focus on Hotels Focus on Tour Operators & Agents Focus on Airlines Focus on Cover Story Focus on Exhibition Focus on World Focus on Destinasyon - Trat & Chanthaburi Bülten Kisa... Kisa...

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14 14 Antalya Hosted Europe’s Night of Tourism Focus on Travel News and New Focus Travel Magazine, media partners of World Travel Awards, attended the Europe’s night of tourism; WTA Europe Ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey on Friday 1st October.

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Turkey is Top 7 in the World Turkey’s tourism industry continues to defy the global economic downturn, climbing one place in the 2009 UN World Tourism Organisation’s (WTO) ranking of top ten most visited countries by tourist arrivals, making it now the 7th most visited country in the world. Turkey also has been growing ever-more popular with British visitors. TW Insight’s May newsletter named Turkey as one of the top five destinations for growth in the UK market with the all-inclusive holiday sector being particularly strong. And, according to market research agency GfK Turkey has become the second most popular destination for the British. Meanwhile, in September Turkey was voted the favourite destination in the Condé Nast Traveller UK Readers’ Travel Awards. Its popularity also ensured a spot in the prestigious World’s Top 100 list where it was voted number 2, while Istanbul was voted 5th in the Overseas Cities Category. PricewaterhouseCoopers anticipates that Turkey’s tourism sector will expand by 12.1% between 2010 and 2013. New investments in the tourism sector, a more sophisticated brand of tourism, wider choice of alternatives and the good value offered by Turkey for foreign visitors have all contributed to this success. Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural and financial capital, is proud to have been a 2010 European Capital of Culture. The city geared up for this momentous event with extensive restoration work to important sites, including the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace, and hosted a plethora of arts and cultural events across the visual arts, music and opera, performing arts, literature, cinema, museums and traditional arts. Mr. Ertugrul Gunay, Turkey’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, says: “Turkish tourism has been a spectacular success this year and the future remains bright, with visitor numbers continuing to grow. Looking ahead, we’re confident that our tourism industry is poised for even greater growth. We have also had a wonderful year hosting Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture which gave us the opportunity to showcase the city as an international capital of culture and art, whilst our nationwide tourism offering continues to diversify with areas such as culture & archaeology and interest & activity holidays proving ever more popular with each passing year.”

The Turkish Office of Culture and Tourism will be hosting special events at WTM to celebrate the successes of 2010 and preview Turkey’s tourism strategy for 2011 and beyond, including a special press conference with Mr. Ertugrul Gunay, Turkish Minister of Culture & Tourism, as well as special roundtable sessions with senior representatives from the Mugla and Antalya regions. Turkey Press Conference by Mr. Ertugrul Gunay, Turkish Minister of Culture & Tourism: “New Trends and Future Strategy - Archaeology & Culture to Health Tourism” Monday 8th November 2010 @ 13.00. Platinum Suite 6 at the Press Centre, Excel Centre, WTM London n

Turkey and China to Build high-speed Train Lines Across Turkey Turkish and Chinese companies will jointly construct high-speed train lines in Turkey, Turkish State Railways, or TCDD, Director General Süleyman Karaman said. Under an agreement signed between China and Turkey, China will grant loans for the construction of a Silk Road Railway of high-speed train lines between Edirne and Kars. “We are planning to construct lines for high-speed trains between Ankara-Izmir, Ankara-Sivas, Sivas-Erzincan, ErzincanTrabzon, Sivas-Malatya, Elazig-Diyarbakir, Eskisehir-Antalya and Konya-Antalya,” Karaman told journalists. “We need $45 billion for Turkey’s target to construct 6,000 kilometers


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of high-speed tracks and 4,000 kilometers of conventional railroad tracks by 2023. Within the scope of the agreement signed with China, this country will finance $28 billion of this target,” Karaman said. Karaman said China was planning to construct 2,000 kilometers of railroad tracks both in and outside the country, noting that China was carrying out many projects in Libya, Algeria and the United States with this goal. Karaman said China was working to create a market in European countries and to this end considered Turkey an area to promote itself. n

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Chinese PM meets Turkey’s Tourism Minister Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao attended a chat session with Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertugrul Günay and others from the culture and art world in Istanbul. “Cultural contacts continue longer than others. The friendship and cooperation between Turkey and China is based on the relationship of our peoples. The interaction between the peoples contribute to contacts in the cultural field,” Wen said. “I pay great attention to cultural contacts between Turkey and China. Both countries have ancient civilizations. Our countries can learn a lot from each other despite having different cultures,” Wen said. “I realize there are over 10,000 porcelain items from China at the Topkapi Palace.” Günay said the peoples of Turkey and China have known each other for thousands of years. “Turks and Chinese have not merely fought with each other. They have made peace, cooperation with each other and at times formed kinship,” Günay said. “We plan to take our historical closeness to cultural and art activities. A group of 40 artists from the Uighur Autonomous Region will perform in Ankara and Istanbul next week,” he said. “2011 will mark the 40th anniversary of relations between Turkey and China. Within this frame, we will hold artistic events in both countries. The year 2012 will be celebrated as the ‘Year of China’ in Turkey while the year 2013 will be celebrated in China

as the ‘Year of Turkey.’ During this period, we want to exhibit items from the Topkapi Palace in China and put Chinese items on display in Turkey. We have a project to display Chinese

porcelain from Turkey in China and exhibit Terracotta soldiers in Turkey.” Recalling that Turkey participated at the 2010 Shanghai Expo, Günay said so far over 6 million guests visited the Turkish booth at the expo. The meeting was attended by the chairman of Topkapi Palace, Professor Ilber Ortaylı; UNESCO’s Turkey national committee chairman and top prime ministerial advisor, Professor Nabi Avcı; artist Professor Hüsamettin Koçan; the art director of “Fire of Anatolia” dance group, Mustafa Erdogan; and other dignitaries. Source: Hurriyet Daily News n

Turkey Organized a Workshop in Bangkok Turkey Tourism Office in Kuala Lumpur and Turkish Airlines Bangkok Office organized today a workshop for Thai travel agents at Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. At the workshop, Mr. Ali Guven; Culture and Tourism Counselor, and Mr. Salih Keçe; Turkish Airlines Marketing Manager for Thailand and Cambodia promoted Turkish culture & tourism, and Turkish Airlines. The workshop highlighted Turkish Tourism with touristic points, city life style, and other opportunities for travelers to explore Turkey. Moreover, Turkish Airlines promoted its product and services to the travel agents of Bangkok. After the workshop Mr. Ali Güven and Mr. Salih Keçe together with Ozgur and Suat Tore visited IT&CMA and CTW 2010, which takes place 5-7 October 2010 at Bangkok Convention Center at CentralWorld. Mr. Güven and Mr. Keçe visited the exhibition area, and got information about the appointment system between buyers and sellers. Both Mr. Güven and Mr. Keçe commented to FTNNEWS that IT&CMA - CTW is a professional MICE event. Participating the event will definitely be productive for Turkish


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Culture and Tourism Ministry and Turkish Airlines. Turkey may attend next year’s event in Bangkok together with Turkish Airlines and some of Turkey’s five star hotels and travel agents that are interested in business with AsiaPacific region. n


Turkey Hosted ‘Night of the Year’ for Europe’s Tourism Industry Europe’s top destinations and leading travel companies gathered under one roof on Friday 1 October at the Rixos Premium Belek, Antalya, Turkey. The awards, described by the Wall Street Journal as the ‘Oscars’ of the global travel and tourism industry, has helped improve quality, value and customer service over the past 17 years. European nominees were among 5,000 nominated companies across more than a 1,000 categories, including airlines, cruise companies, destinations, resorts and hotels in 162 countries. In addition to overall Europe categories, there were awarded for 57 countries including: Andorra, Belgium, England, France, Greece, Iceland, Monaco, Poland, Slovakia, Turkey and more.

Travel industry professionals throughout the world have been voted online for their preferred companies and organisations during the past four months. Consumers increasingly use the list of winners as a reliable guide and means of reassurance when choosing their holiday. Companies and destinations that finish up on the winners podium, receive extensive commercial benefits and global profile. Rixos Premium Belek, the leading resort hotel in Belek’s Ileribasi district hosted the event. Main sponsors include Turkish Airlines and World Mobi. Winners of the Europe Gala Ceremony go through to the final of the World Travel Awards in London on Sunday 7th November, immediately prior to World Travel Market. You will find more information about this event at our Focus on WTA pages in this issue. n

Sabiha Gokcen Airport featured at The Routes in Vancouver Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport was marked at the aviation industry’s largest event; World Route Development Forum (Routes) with ‘Turkish Night’. Organized for the 16th edition this year in Vancouver, Canada between September 19 and 21, the Routes Forum is attended by the representatives of airports and airlines around the world. Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, the main sponsor of the forum marked the opening ceremony with a ‘Turkish Night’ theme that important actors in the sector came together. Approximately 750 delegates attended the reception where Turkey is the feature of the night with examples of various dances, and local Turkish cuisine served with a festive mood. In Vancouver with the support of the Turkish-Canadian Association, professional dance teams, local dances and belly dancing excited guests. In his opening speech of the night, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Assistant General Manager Server Aydın said that they are honored by being the main sponsor

of the Routes Forum. As being the fastest growing airport in 2008 and 2009, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, Server Aydın mentioned that the success will continue in 2010. “We are thankful to all airline companies that choose our airport and helped our fast growth” added Server Aydın. Server Aydın finished his speech by saying “Airlines and airports come together at this platform to promote and inform each other with new destinations and services. We will promote our airport and inform airlines all advantages they will have while using our airport. I invite everyone to see world’s most beautiful city Istanbul”. Moreover, winning delegate at the dance competition held at the end of the night and another delegate with the lucky draw won a comprehensive two-person trip to Istanbul. n

Turkish Culinary Week at Café Swiss in Moscow Turkish cuisine is famous for its meat dishes, fresh or stewed vegetables, its herbs and spices. Kebab and dishes with aubergines are probably the most popular. Turkish Culinary Week took place at Café Swiss and is the


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perfect place to get acquainted with the flavours of Turkey, such as “Doner kebab”, “Dolma”, “Pastirma” and others. Week was in cooperation with Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul and Efes. n


Travel Turkey Izmir 09 - 12 December 2010 Tourism Exhibiton & Conference which will be held on 9-12 December 2010. The exhibition is organising by Hannover-Messe International Istanbul, TURSAB / Turkish Travel Agencies Association and IZFAS company, sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the Turkey which is one of the leading tourism shows for the tourism market in Turkey. Last year, Travel Turkey 2009 Izmir Tourism Fair and Conference hosted 430 exhibitors from 36 different countries and 14829 visitors. Exhibitors were especially satisfied with the quality of professional buyers at the show. The excellent media coverage of the travel trade press was also noted as enabling exhibitors to strengthen their ties with foreign markets and to reach their business objectives.

Travel Turkey Izmir 2010 Tourism Fair and Conference will continue to be the most ideal platform in Turkey for the development of already existing business relations, establishment of new connections and partnerships, as well as for the promotion of your country. We, as the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) - together with our partners IZFAS and Hannover Messe - are pleased to host the show in the “Pearl of Aegean”; Izmir which is the oldest and most experienced fair organizer city in Turkey. Despite the global economic crisis in the recent years, Turkish tourism  has achieved a remarkable success; and the most important meeting point of the sector which is the Travel Turkey Izmir Tourism Fair and Conference will continue to grow and offer new opportunities. It will extend reputation with the participation of new exhibitors, it’s excellent organization team and efficient conference program. n

Hundreds of Thousands Run at Istanbul Marathon Hundreds of thousands amateur athletes as well as local and foreign visitors attended the 32th Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon on October 17. This year’s marathon took place on a sunny Sunday afternoon. “Istanbul is Running” - the slogan of this year’s marathon brought together hundreds of thousands of participants. The 32th Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon includes the Marathon, 15 Km, and the 8 Km Public Run. The participation at the “Public Race”, organized as part of the Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon was reported to be above the expected figure of 100.000 people. As in the last years’ events, 2010 edition of the marathon is attracted by many celebrities and locals who want to enjoy time on streets especially on the Bosphorus Bridge which is normally closed to pedestrians. Mr. Kadir Topbas, the mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality also participated in the “Public Race” and he run together around a hundred thousand Istanbulities. Participants of the 8 km “Public Race” which is organized as part of the Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon got their t-shirts, medals and certificates of attendance prior to race at the stands in Dolmabahçe. About 8000 local and foreign athletes from 84 countries participated in the 32th Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasian Marathon. Some of the participants competed in the 15 km race. All events started on the Asian side of Istanbul, and ends on the European side, on route passing the most beautiful sights of the city. The finish of the Marathon and the 15 km is in Sultanahmet


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district, at the Hippodrome, one of the oldest sporting arenas of the world, decorated with many historical monuments including the 3500-year-old Egyptian Obelisk of Theodosius. The Fun Run finishes in Dolmabahçe, between the Besiktas Inonu Stadium and the Dolmabahçe Palace, which served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1922. African Athletes Dominate Marathon In men’s category, Kenya’s Vincent Kiplagat completed the race on the first rank with 2.10.39, followed by Ethiopian Dereje Yadette Woldegiorgis with 2.11.53 and Ethiopian Girma Assefa with 2.13.37 in the “marathon” event. In women’s category, Ashu Kasım with 2.27.25, Alemitu Abera with 2.27.54 and Amane Gobena with 2.32.28, all from Ethiopia, placed the first three ranks respectively in the marathon. In “15 km” men’s category, Abayneh Ayele Woldegiorgis from Ethiopia ranked the first, Sang Benard Cheruiyot from Kenya ranked the second and Workinhe Tesfa from Ethiopia ranked the third. In “15 km” women’s category, Emily Chebet from Kenya ranked the first, Belaynesh Oljira from Ethiopia ranked the second, and Meryem Dogan from Turkey ranked the third. In total, Ethiopia won eight and Kenya won three medals in “marathon” and “15 km” events in men’s and women’s categories. A total of one million USD of prize was distributed to the athletes in the marathon. n

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London Turkish Film Festival 4-18 November 2010 The London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) was inaugurated by Vedide Kaymak in 1993, and since then it has been a vital event in the London cultural scene. Vedide has been involved in a variety of arts and cultural activities in London - promoting Turkish culture, programming for MTV’s Turkish channel, and coproducing short film productions. Her project has been facilitated by the energetic support of the Rio Cinema in Dalston and by the encouragement of its general manager, Charles Rubinstein. The supportive role of Film London has also been a crucial factor in the development of the Festival. Now in its 16th year, the festival has grown from a small three-day event to a full-scale film festival over two weeks. The festival has always had an inclusive approach towards programming. Thus, it has provided a platform in the UK for a new generation of film-makers of Turkish origin who live and work in Western Europe. Indeed, as it has developed, the LTFF has sought to foreground the new kind of transnational cinema that has been proliferating across – and beyond – Europe. The festival has also featured a programme of short films, giving an opportunity to young feature and documentary film-makers. Over its lifespan, the LTFF has screened nearly 250 feature, and 350 short and documentary films. The festival has also invited nearly 200 guests, including directors, producers, actors, and short film-makers. Panels and discussions have also featured as another key activity of the festival, and have involved a wide range of participants from the international film industry. At this point in time, the LTFF is aiming to expand and to extend its reach to a wider audience. In order to be able to do this,

the festival now needs greater financial support. This year the festival has managed to gain financial support from the Turkish Ministry Of Culture And Tourism. Over the last decade, young Turkish film-makers, not only in Turkey, but also those living in Western Europe, have found new creative directions, making critically acclaimed films, and winning awards all over the world. The 16th LTFF promises to be an exciting and ground-breaking event, opening up the new transcultural Turkish cinema to new audiences in a range of venues across London. for a full list of films and events visit the website n Jan Ozay-Edinburg

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Bulent Tarlan named General Manager of Adana and Mersin HiltonSA. Ogün Turanli has been appointed Via Hotel Istanbul as Convention Center Manager. Yıldız Alptekin has been appointed Via Hotel Istanbul as Sales Manager for Banquet. Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul announces the arrival of a New General Manager, Sonja Dive-Dahl. Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul appointed Murat Deniz as Assistant General Manager. Selim Geçit has been appointed from Hilton Templepatrick to Hilton ParkSA Istanbul as Hotel Manager. Lâlin Sabuncuoglu Janssen will be the Vice President - Europe at Swiss World Cargo from November 1, 2010. Yagmur Evren Gürsoy has been appointed Conrad Istanbul as Food and Beverage Manager. Tarık Yalçın has been appointed Sales Manager to Maxx Royal Belek Golf & Spa a part of Voyage Hotels which will be open in May 2011 Semih Gönç, has been appointed Artemis Marin Princess Hotel General Manager. Evren Tolgay, named General Manager of Holiday Inn Istanbul City.

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Suat Tore is together with Basak Erel from Rixos Hotels.

WTA Media Partner; S&M Publication’s table guests: Acar Ipekci, Avni Aker, Sevil Oren, Kate Clow, Nadezda Basyrova.

Acar Ipekci (GM of BelConti Hotel ), Sevil Oren and Kate Clow (MeeTurkey Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine)

Alev and Salih Cene (2nd and 3rd from left) honored S&M Publication’s table.

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Focus on Travel News and New Focus Travel Magazine, media partners of World Travel Awards, attended the Europe’s night of tourism; WTA Europe Ceremony held in Antalya, Turkey on Friday 1st October. S&M Publication executives and its guests attended the World Travel Awards Europe Ceremony which started with an gorgeous laser, fire, music, and dance show at Rixos Premium Belek hotel’s garden. The show, which is organized specially for WTA, is attracted attention of not only WTA guests. Guests of Rixos Premium run to windows and their rooms’ balconies to watch the great visual and vocal show of Rixos presenting Anatolia’s historical Perge city. After the show, industry representatives continue the night at the ballroom of the hotel. The industry’s top brass - including CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist board chiefs - all gathered


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to battle it out at the most important evening of the year in European travel and tourism. Although it’s been a tough year for aviation on the continent, there have been a few notable exceptions. Turkish Airlines picked up the award for “Europe’s Leading Airline Business Class” following 12 months in which it posted record profits, grew market share and continued its global expansion. The luxury sector continues its recovery, led by two of Turkey’s brightest hospitality stars - Mardan Palace won “Europe’s Leading Luxury Hotel” and Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa collected “Europe’s Leading Luxury Resort”. And there was even more good news for Turkey, which also walked away with “Europe’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel” for Rixos Sungate, “Europe’s Leading Tourist Board” for the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office and “Europe’s Leading Destination” for Istanbul. The world-famous Fire of Anatolia

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pe’s Night of Tourism A great show at Rixos Premium Belek before during the reception at WTA Europe Ceremony Music, dance, and laser shows

Suat Tore representing S&M Publication, WTA Media WTA Awards Media partner New Focus Travel Magazine and partner, presented Europe’s Leading City Hotel award to Movenpick Hotel Istanbul’s GM Frank Reichenbach. Focus on Travel News promoted at the ceremony.

Chairman of the Executive Committee of Turkish Airlines Hamdi Topcu received their award from World Travel Group President Graham Cooke.

S&M Publication and friends are together with World Travel Group President Graham Cooke.

dance act provided the entertainment for the evening as the stunning cast of 45 dancers stepped, stomped and swirled to traditional folk music from the Black Sea to the Balkans. Hosting the event was Turkish presenter and journalist Seda Akgul. Other entertainment on the night included The Magic Drifters Thousands Voted The winners were selected with the help of thousands of industry professionals worldwide who have been voting online. Graham E. Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards said that in addition to the prestige for their respective companies and destinations, the winners also gain considerable commercial benefit. “Because of its global reach and reputation, World Travel Awards is unique and

Cornelia De Luxe Resort received ‘Turkey’s Leading Golf Resort’ award. General Manager Hakan Duran received the award.

Sevil Oren (MeeTurkey Alternative Tourism & Incentive Magazine), Graham Cooke (WTA President), and Suat Tore (New Focus Travel Magazine)

regularly referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of travel and tourism”, said Cooke. “This means that consumers are increasingly using our portfolio of winners as a reliable and independent guide when booking their travel.” Established 17 years ago, the awards are committed to raising the standards of customer service and overall business performance throughout the international industry. “What is so encouraging is the strength demonstrated by European travel and tourism in the face of adversity. Tonight’s winners represent the cream of the industry, and those players that are leading the continent’s recovery,” he added. Winners of the regional ceremony will now go on to compete in World Travel Awards 2010 final in London, immediately before World Travel Market on Sunday 7 November. NewFocus November & December’2010



Limak Holding finishes Prestige Hotel Project Limak Holding does not consider the recently renovated Yalova Thermal Hotel as a profit-oriented business, according to the company’s chairman. “But this is our most prestigious investment,” said Chairman Nihat Ozdemir. Speaking to the press at the opening of the boutique hotel in the northwestern province after nearly two Kaan Kavaloglu years of renovations, Ozdemir said the company saw that Limak group had acquired a prestigious status in Turkey’s tourism sector and thus decided it was time for them to invest in a prestige hotel. “We conducted a research study. We had a desire to ensure this investment had a cultural and historical aspect to it. Then we came upon this building. It had been deserted for 30 years when we found it. If you leave a wooden building to its own fate for 30 years, it loses everything inside it. We wanted to revive this historical building with complete respect to its authenticity.” Limak Tourism General Coordinator Kaan Kavaloglu said the idea was to invest in an unprecedented, unique structure. ”The hotel has three separate wings. It has 48 rooms, and 55 employees are working under its roof,” he said, adding that the total amount the company invested in the restoration project was $20 million. “We are not pricing the rooms for millions or thousands, unlike our competitors, just because we are selling a prestigious product. We want our people and our foreign visitors to come and see this invaluable structure. Therefore, we have moderate prices, starting at around 300 Turkish liras per person.” He also said that due to their reasonable pricing, during the Seker Bayram holiday the hotel was full. “We do not expect to make profit here.

This is technically impossible. If this was a 300- or 400-bed hotel, then we would have a chance. In order to make a profit, we would have to achieve a 90 percent occupancy rate and should price a room at more than $1,000. Then we could keep up with the tourist facilities. But there is no such pricing in the world; therefore what I say is barely feasible.” The hotel’s renovation and landscape architecture project is a product of two professors’ collaboration. Professors Gediz Urak and Isik Aksulu found that the original building was constructed in 1907 as a hotel open between June and September each year. “Therefore there was only a washbasin in every room and the water closets were shared. There was no heating system either. “We had to make additions to re-appropriate the hotel according to contemporary necessities. And of course these had to be done according to the rules of preservation. The buildings were in a pathetic condition. We could not do anything but reconstruct them. But we have given utmost care to ensure that the reconstruction was done with the use of wooden materials. Technically speaking, it was an elaborate application on the whole.” n

2 Awards for Hilton Dalaman from WTA Oscars With the different approach to meaning of holiday Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa rapidly took a significant place among the best Hotels of Europe, and by the most important Travel Academy known as World Travel Awards. Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa was declared as Turkey’s Leading Resort and Turkey’s Leading Beach Resort of 2010 and with this two different awards became the only hotel awarded twice among many nominated hotels in Turkey region category. Set on a glorious sand beach surrounded by magic atmosphere of Sarigerme’s beauty Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa serves the unique luxury service and Tourism Oscar approved the successful efforts by distinguishing among 5 thousands of Europe travel and tourism  companies and a thousand of nominated candidates. A while ago hotel was awarded by (the most important European web leader) with the title ‘‘The best hotel in region’’ as a proof of high quality service providing at the property . The only hotel that won two different awards in one category of Turkey. The best travel brands from many European candidates of different branches such as aviation companies, travel agencies, holiday villages and hotels were awarded at World Travel Awards Europe Ceremony 2010  that was held in Antalya. Hilton Dalaman won 2 awards in Turkey region category  by selecting among hundreds of hotels with the help of thousands of industry professionals worldwide who have been voting online during 4 months... The World Travel Awards was launched in 1993 to acknowledge and recognise excellence in the world’s travel and tourism industry. The industry’s top brass - including CEOs and directors of leading travel companies, government ministers and tourist


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board chiefs - all gathered to battle it out at the most important evening of the year in European travel and tourism. Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa is a place where the Luxury and joy meet together. With its modern architecture in Anatolian spirit and serene tranquility of nature,  the hotel invites guests into the Unique world with luxurious designed  sea, mountain and Dalaman river viewed 410 rooms , set on an area of 6000 sqm tailormade Elysion Sp, undiluted water fun of 7 pools, exquisite  gastronomic adventure with different A’la Carte restaurants and bars. An outstanding natural beauty of Sarigerme fringed by the Dalaman River and the turquoise Mediterranean and Aegean Seas made this piece of Paradise a one of the most exclusive places for holiday in Europe, and awaits only in 15 km from the Dalaman International Airport.. n


Russia and Turkey Focus on Financial Stability of Tour Operators The Governments of Russia and Turkey decided to exchange the information concerning financial stability of the operators of two countries offering the services in Turkish resorts. Such informational exchange will help to avoid negative impact of possible bankruptcies of tour operators. Such initiative was announced during the session of RussianTurkish working group which was held on October 6, 2010 in the

‘Unforgettable Zagreb’ Promoted in Istanbul Zagreb Tourist Board CEO Amelia Tomašević promoted Zagreb to Turkish travel agents. The promotional meeting was organized by Zagreb Tourist Board in coordination with Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) at Çıragan Kempinski Hotel. Turkish Airlines Zagreb Manager Hakan Yilmaz said that they may increase frequencies to Zagreb in case demand to destination will grow. Croatia Consul General Amir Muharemi also attended the meeting. Zagreb is promoted with a video presentation of the city and continued with a live musical performance of cello player Ana Rucner. Croatia, with 4 million population, is visited by 11 million tourists. Zagreb tourism professionals welcome more Turkish travelers together with increasing Turkish Airlines flights between Croatia and Turkey. ■

framework of V International Conference of Organization of Black Sea Economical Cooperation. According to Aleksandr Radkov, Deputy Head of Federal Agency for Tourism, the information of debtors among the Russian operators will be received from Association of Hoteliers of Turkey. Russian operators support such initiative of the governments of two countries. “In fact, for us and for Turkish colleagues as well receiving the information about financial state of the partners will help to avoid unpleasant situations which happen from time to time”, noted Vladimir Kaganer, General Director of TEZ TOUR. ■

Thomas Cook Aims to Lead Turkish Market Britain’s Thomas Cook, having acquired leading German tourism company Öger Tours, aims to be the market leader in the Turkish tourism sector, according to Thomas Cook board chairman Peter Fankhauser. Vural Öger, the founder of Öger Tours, who offered holiday packages to Turkey, sold his company to Thomas Cook for 30 million euros in July this year. Speaking to Hamburg daily Hamburger Abendblatt, Fankhauser said Öger Tours was strategically successful. “The company’s market share was 14 percent in Turkey, while Thomas Cook’s is 13 percent. If we achieve to assemble both of them, we can be the market leader in Turkey,” Fankhauser said. “Turkey is a stabile and important target country for us.” Öger Tours’ loss of 7 million euros in 2009 was caused by extraordinary amortizations, Fankhauser said, adding changes would be made to reduce the company’s running costs. “But this does not include a staff change. We will make restrictions in the cost of hotel and transport capacities.” “As Öger’s experiences in the Turkish market are very important for us, he will take part in the company’s auditing board.” Also speaking to Hamburger Abendblatt, Öger said the sale of Öger Tours was a rational decision. “It was a difficult decision however it was rational. I believe that it was the best time to sell and Thomas Cook was the correct buyer. I think that we will get good results.” “If I had a chance to begin my career once more, I would follow the same route. I would work on Turkey’s attractiveness to Germans. Turkey has become an attractive tourism center,” Öger said. The acquisition does not include Öger Türk Tur Ltd., which runs operations in Turkey, and Öger’s other companies in Turkey. ■

TURSAB and Turkish Travel Agencies Visit Thailand Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Rome office with cooperation with TURSAB organized a Fam Trip for 21 TURSAB member to Thailand during 10 - 17 October 2010. In this occasion TAT will organise Tabel top business session in Bangkok and Pattaya. Mrs. Wiyada Srirangkul, TAT Rome director flew to Bangkok and welcomed the Turkish travel agents group which is led by Turkish Travel Agents Association. ■


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Manchester United and Turkish Airlines Take to the Skies Manchester United have sealed a new three and half year deal with Turkish Airlines with a state of the art TV ad which unveils the airline’s new business class concept. Starring famous players including Edwin van Der Sar, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra, the commercial depicts the luxury and comfort enjoyed by Turkish Airlines passengers and the surprise ending involves an appearance by Manchester United legend and global football icon Sir Bobby Charlton. Directed by Marco Grandia the commercial, aptly dubbed ‘Football on Air’, was filmed in the ‘Manchester Studio’ at Media City’s Pie Factory. The shoot involved building a full sized passenger jet and the production crew spent a further three weeks preparing for the shoot which took two days to film. The talents of more than 115 people were involved in creating the ad which will air in 80 countries around the world. Demonstrating the playing wizardry of the United team mates the ad sublimely demonstrates the brand synergy between Manchester United and their global travel partner. Sir Bobby was delighted to get involved on the day, ‘For me Manchester United will always be the greatest football club in the world. The partnership with Turkish Airlines brings fans all around the world closer to the Club which is fantastic news’. Manchester United Commercial Director, Richard Arnold, said ‘Turkish Airlines are the perfect airline partner for Manchester United. It is an ambitious, innovative and truly global brand.’ The commercial film released on international TV channels on 20th October. n

First B 777-300ER Craft Turkish Airlines Turkish Airlines (THY) received the first of the twelve 777-300ER (Extended Range) planes it ordered from Boeing company. A gala dinner was held in Seattle, where Boeing commercial planes are manufactured. THY Executive Board Chairman Hamdi Topcu said that THY had 145 planes in its fleet, and 73 of them were Boeing. He added that 60 percent of the fleet would be comprised of Boeing planes when twelve 777-300ER planes were delivered to THY by August, 2011. Topcu noted that the strength of THY’s fleet would be doubled in long-range flights when the new planes were delivered. Boeing’s facility in Seattle is the largest one of the company, and it produces 747, 767, 777 and 787 Dreamliner models. Main assembly building of the facility is recorded in Guinness Book of World Records with its 13.3 million cubic meters of volume. A total of 30,000 personnel are working in the facility. Boeing 777-300ER planes can fly in a range between 9,695 km and 17,500 km. They can reach a speed of 1,029 km/h, and their maximum takeoff weight is 351.5 tons. Based in Istanbul, THY is one of the fastest growing and prosperous airlines in the world. It carries approximately


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25 million passengers a year, with direct flights to 127 international and 37 domestic destinations. The company was founded in 1933 with a fleet of five airplanes that carried a total of 28 passengers. THY made its first domestic flight in 1933 and the first international flight in 1947. THY posted 389 million Euro of profit in 2009, becoming one of the top companies, behind Air China and Ryan Air, in the world that recorded the highest profit in 2009. n


Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Selected World’s Best Airport

Not only in Turkey but also in the World aviation industry’s rising star; Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport is selected ‘’World’s Best Airport’’ by the World Low Cost Airlines Congress. SGIA’s Executive Vice president, Server Aydın, received the award on the gala night of the World Low Cost Airlines Congress, held between September 28 and 30 in London.

SGIA was included in a group of 20 candidates in the first round and passed to the second round after a vote by a jury, which consisted of 38 aviation firms. At the second stage, number of airports fell to 6. SGIA reached the top award by passing airports of Budapest, Bremen, Jacksonville, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Copenhagen in number of votes. SGIA CEO Gökhan Bugday said,’’We are proud to receive the World’s Best Airport award after competing with airports such as Budapest, Copenhagen, Edinburgh. I would like to thank the world’s leading airlines, industry representatives here at the congress. Recently, we have received many awards. Those awards reflect our success but apart from that those awards encourage us to increase our target”. Bugday mentioned future goals of SGIA, ‘’ We are offering privileges to the terminal passengers and airlines. Currently, we welcome a monthly average of 1 million passengers. 6.6 million passengers passed from our terminal in 2009, the number of passengers will reach 11 million in 2010’. n

Double Delight in Hong Kong as Emirates’ A380 Touches Down On National Day Emirates airline helped National Day celebrations get under way as its Airbus A380 flew into Hong Kong for the first time just hours before a dazzling fireworks display lit up the iconic harbour skyline. With festivities in full swing across the city, the super-jumbo landed at Hong Kong International Airport to mark the start of its daily A380 service connecting Hong Kong and Dubai, via Bangkok. EK384 was welcomed by a water canon salute as Hong Kong became the 11th destination on Emirates’ global network to be served by the most environmentally advanced commercial aircraft in the skies. The aircraft was also warmly received by Hong Kong International Airport. Emirates’ luxurious A380 products include two onboard shower spas in the First Class cabin, featuring signature amenities by the airline’s premium spa brand, Timeless Spa. Flat-bed massage-equipped private suites await passengers in First Class, while in Business Class there is a new generation of all-aisle flat-bed seats,

while those travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in seats with a pitch of up to 33 inches. In all classes, gourmet food is served by Emirates’ multicultural cabin crew, while there is also mood-lighting and ice, the award-winning, inflight entertainment system, featuring over 1200 channels of on-demand entertainment, including movies and music in Thai and Cantonese. In addition, passengers travelling with Emirates on the A380 and all its other aircraft benefit from a generous baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy, 40kg in Business and 50 kg in First. Emirates is the largest A380 operator in the world and flies daily from Dubai to Paris, Jeddah, Seoul, Bangkok, Sydney, Auckland, Beijing and Manchester, as well as double daily to London Heathrow and three times a week to Toronto. In addition - from the 31st October - the aircraft will make its much-anticipated return to New York with its non-stop service between Dubai and JFK. Emirates will continue to offer its passengers the option of a non-stop daily service between Hong Kong and Dubai, currently operated by a Boeing 777-300ER. n

Tunisair Increase Frequency to Istanbul Tunisair Istanbul office General Manager; Moez Ben Rejeb told New Focus Travel Magazine that Tunisair will add a new frequency on Sunday for the winter season. The winter season, which started from October 31, 2010, Tunisair flies between Tunis and Istanbul 6 times a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. n NewFocus November & December’2010


LOT Polish Airlines’ Financial Results Continue to Take Off LOT’s net results for the first seven months of the year are almost 60million higher than for the previous year. The airline has not only carriedsignificantly more passengers than planned, but has also successfully achievedits scheduled income for the year. LOT continues both to head the airlinesoperating in Poland and to record a more dynamic rise in numbers than itsequals in Europe. Since the beginning of the year, LOT hascarried almost 2.5 million passengers (2,499,000) which means not only thatthere has been a growth of almost 12% in relation to last year, but also thatthe airline has attained results which are better, by 5%, than in 2008, priorto the crisis in the sector. Scheduled flights alone brought the Polish carrierover 2,233,000 passengers, an increase of almost 9% on the figures for 2009,with the rising popularity of charters accounting for the rest. As Sebastian Mikosz, Chairman of LOT PolishAirlines S.A.. points out, “According to the data published on 2nd Septemberthis year by the Civil Aviation Office, LOT continues to be the largest carrierin Poland,” going on to add, “We are one of the few European airlines to haverecorded so significant an increase in flights, leaving competitors flying toand from Poland standing.” Together with the increase in flights, LOThas improved its load factor, the take-up of seats on a plane. In the firsthalf of the year, the level reached almost 75%, an improvement of as much as 4%on the previous year. In comparison, the average load factor for 2009 was 70%and, for 2008, 73%. The combined income for the first sevenmonths of 2010 was PLN 1 billion, 622 million, meaning that the level ofreturns has been maintained in relation to the PLN 1 billion 615 million for2009. It is true that the airline recorded figures lower by PLN 48 million onlast year for technical aircraft services. This is primarily connected with thedecision to focus on core operations, namely, passenger and cargo transport andthe intensified inspection of the airline’s planes which this gave rise to. Thelevel of income for the

period in question has risen by almost PLN 105 millionfrom one year to the next. The net results for January to July thisyear are minus PLN 64 million, which is a significant improvement on theresults for 2009, at minus PLN 124 million and 2008, at minus PLN 118 million.However, the operating results, at minus PLN 35 million, were significantlybetter than for the previous two years, with minus PLN 170 million for 2009and, particularly, minus PLN 175 million for 2008. In analysing the Company’soperating results, it is worth emphasising that, at minus 2%, LOT’s operatingmargin is placed at either the same level or somewhat higher than the averagefor other European carriers which have also recorded negative margins. Thefinancial results obtained were primarily, and crucially, affected byfluctuations in exchange rates and aviation fuel prices, both of which had anegative impact on the Company, as did the volcanic eruption in Iceland. Nonetheless, it proved possible to economise and make savings in order to coverthe rise in fuel prices and ensure that this was not passed on to thepassengers in the form of higher ticket prices. n

Smaato Mobile Advertising Award 2010 goes to the German airline Lufthansa’s iPhone application captured the Smaato Mobile Advertising Award 2010 in San Francisco earlier this month. The Lufthansa app, developed by the Clanmo mobile interactive agency, landed the award in the branded apps category against competition from a web application from Hugo Boss, and an iPad magazine from BMW. Simultaneously, Smaato, one of the leading mobile advertising technology companies, declared the Lufthansa iPhone App the overall winner in all categories. The 20-man international jury said the award had been granted to Lufthansa especially for the multi-functionality of its iPhone application, which was launched in February. In addition to offering users information on the Lufthansa timetable and the status of arrivals and departures, the application has a webview function that allows travelers to access flight bookings and their Miles & More mileage account, as well as other services such as mobile check-in and an overview of their flight reservations. Furthermore, users can store their frequently used connections to


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facilitate faster access to their personal travel data under “My Flights”. The Smaato Award for 2010 was presented for the third time. This year, twenty finalists were shortlisted in six different categories from a huge number of nominees. n


Air Astana’s Turkey Operations well on-track

Air Astana, the national air carrier of Kazakhstan, organized a press conference in Istanbul with the participation of Elif Agfaloglu (Sales&Marketing Manager-Turkey), Michael Whitehead (Manager for Turkey, Middle East and Africa), Bella Tormysheva (Director of PR) and Ali Kirgiz (advisor for Turkey). Air Astana is celebrating its eighth anniversary with plans to expand its Central Asia hub in Almaty. New services will be launched to Urumchi in western China; Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan and Tashkent, capital of Uzbekistan during the second half of 2010. Regional services already operate from Almaty to Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan and Novosibirsk in southern Russia. Additional new routes to other cities in southern Russia, including Omsk and Yekatenburg are also under consideration. Due to increasing commerce between Kazakhstan and Turkey, Air Astana continues to fly between two countries

with increasing traffic. Today, Air Astana has 8 scheduled flights to Istanbul and 9 charter flights to Antalya during summer season. Elif Agfaloglu said that they may launch charter flights to Dalaman and Bodrum for next summer season. Air Astana achieved a record profit after tax of $49 million on revenues of $546m for the full year 2009, a gain of 176% over 2008 and a 34% increase over the previous best year of 2007. This was in spite of a decline in revenues of 16%. The airline commenced regular flight operations on 15th May 2002 and currently operates a network that serves 23 domestic and 24 international destinations from its hubs in Almaty, Astana and Atyrau. Air Astana flies an all western fleet comprising of two Boeing 767s, four Boeing 757s, ten Airbus A320 Family and six Fokker 50 aircraft. Air Astana is a full member of the International Air Transport Association and is the only airline in Kazakhstan with EASA Part 145 aircraft maintenance certification. n

Cheap Flights from Leeds to Turkey

Jan Ozay- Edinburgh report that they have extra cheap flight availability into both Dalaman and Bodrum in Turkey on offer for the coming summer season 2011. This new capacity is particularly welcome as it is flying from Leeds Bradford Airport. Bodrum and Dalaman are the gateways to many popular holiday resorts including Marmaris, Altinkum, Fethiye, Dalyan and Kemer all of which attract increasing hordes of UK holidaymakers who book cheap flights, hotels and holidays on airflights website. The new cheap flights from Leeds Bradford operate on a weekly rotation and are a direct flight which is great news for airflights customers in Yorkshire and the surrounding area say the online travel agency. The flights into Dalaman are planned to start on May 22 and to Bodrum from July the 19th. To book cheap flights and holidays to Turkey visit airflights, n NewFocus November & December’2010



Discover the European Capital of Culture 2010,

Istanbul and Magnif icent Golden Horn


he former capital of three successive empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, Istanbul today honors and preserves the legacy of its past while looking forward to a modern future. It is Istanbul’s endless variety that fascinates its visitors. The museums, churches, palaces, grand mosques, bazaars and sights of natural beauty seem innumerable. Reclining on the western shore of the Bosphorus at sunset contemplating the red evening light reflected in the windows of the opposite shore you may suddenly and profoundly understand why so many centuries ago settlers chose to build on this remarkable site.

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At such times you can see why Istanbul is truly one of the most glorious cities in the world. The history of the city, which is known as the “Capital of the Empires”, goes back to ancient times. The city was founded by the Megaras in A.D. 658 and was named Byzantium after their commander Byzans. The city, which developed very rapidly and turned into a large trade center, existed for hundreds of years as the capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Today it has become Turkey’s most important tourism, trade and industrial city.

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The most beautiful historical works of Istanbul are at the historical peninsula inside the city walls between the Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn. This historical peninsula is like an open air museum full of architectural and artistic works bearing the traces of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. The hills of the city are enhanced by the more than 500 mosques. Among these mosques, the Sultanahmet Mosque with its six minarets, built by Sultan Ahmet I in the seventeenth century, is the symbol of Istanbul. It is also called “the Blue Mosque” because of the blue glazed tiles used in its interior decoration.


This year Istanbul welcomes to people from the whole world for its rich cultural treasure. Those who come to Istanbul for cultural and artistic projects will visit the city’s cultural riches, mosques, churches, palaces and museums.

The Suleymaniye Mosque, another mosque of the Ottoman Period, is the most beautiful and magnificent architectural work in Istanbul. It was constructed by Turkey’s famous architect Mimar Sinan, upon the order of Kanuni Sultan Suleyman (Suleyman the Magnificent) in the sixteenth century, when architectural beauty reached its peak. It is perched on the hills of the Golden Horn like a crown. The Rustem Pasha Mosque, which reveals the aesthetics of the Ottoman art of glazed tiles, is a small but beautiful mosque constructed by Mimar Sinan in the sixteenth century. The inside of the mosque is covered with the most beautiful examples of the famous Iznik glazed tiles. The Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, another mosque remaining from the sixteenth century, is the mosque with the most light in Istanbul. The mosque has a total of 161 stained glass windows on its four facades. NewFocus November & December’ 2010



Covered Bazaar

Istanbul modern shopping places

Cicek Pasaji is in the district of Beyoglu The Kapali Carsi (Covered Bazaar) which dates back to the fifteenth century and has 4,000 shops today, is one of the places frequently visited by tourists. Jewelry, antiques, carpets, silver and copper souvenirs, leather and suede clothes, wood-carvings and carvings with mother-of-pearl are sold at this bazaar. Furthermore, it is possible to find every type of spice at the Misir Carsisi (Egyptian Bazaar) constructed by Hatice Sultan in the seventeenth century. Istanbul is also a modern center for shopping. Along with the shopping malls, such as the Atakoy Galleria, the Akmerkez, the Capitol, the Carousel and the Carrefour; Istiklal, Rumeli and Bagdat Avenues are the most distinguished shopping areas of the city. . Istanbul is also among the exceptional cultural centers in the world with various music and cinema festivals, theaters, operas, ballets, concerts, international symposia, conferences and competitions. “The International Culture and Art Festival”, that is organized every year in June and July, hosts world famous artists from all over the world.


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Bosphorus Bridge

Rumeli Hisari (fortress) The Istanbul Straits is a heaven on earth well worth seeing with its lovely shores decorated with very green tree groves, parks, palaces, waterside mansions, mosques and the Bosphorus and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridges that remind one of a necklace. A steamship tour of the Bosphorus will display all these beauties. Besides, the Bosphorus and the islands are ideal for sailing. The city, which has also develop- ed yacht tourism, is an international yachting center. The Atakoy Marina, Kalamis and Fenerbahce Marinas provide many more

facilities for yachtsmen, besides overnight berths Kilyos and Sile near Istanbul are holiday towns known for their beaches. The Polonezkoy, a village where Polish immigrants came and settled in the nineteenth century, is an ideal vacation place surrounded by forests. The Belgrade Forests are known as the lungs of Istanbul. The Ataturk Arboretum, and aqueducts from the Ottoman Period are also worth seeing at the Belgrade Forests National Park. There are extensive areas suitable for playing golf at Silivri and Kemer.

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Istanbul is an international art and cultural center. This year Istanbul welcomes to people from the whole world for its rich cultural treasure. Those who come to Istanbul for cultural and artistic projects will visit the city’s cultural riches, mosques, churches, palaces and museums. Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts-IKSVorganizes International film, theater, music, jazz festivals and biennial since 1973.The International Arts and Cultural Festival is held each year in June and July with famous artists coming from all over the world. These performances are held mostly at the Ataturk Cultural Center. The Istanbul Science Center, founded by the Science Center Foundation and located on the campus of Istanbul Technical University, has hands-on experimental and theoretical opportunities for adults and children of various educational levels. Between March to September you can take in the International Istanbul Festivals. Operas, operettas, ballets, films, jazz and music concerts, exhibitions and conferences all contribute to the cultural palette of the city. Istanbul also has a rich program of light entertainment. Nightclubs provide splendid entertainment throughout dinner, ranging from a selection of Turkish songs to belly-dancing. Alongside these are modem discos, cabarets, and jazz clubs in the Taksim - Harbiye district. Iin Sultanahmet, there are a number of restaurants in restored Byzantine and Ottoman buildings which offer a unique setting for an evening out. Kumkapi, with its many taverns, bars and fish restaurants, is another attractive district. People have been meeting for years at Cicek Pasaji in the district of Beyoglu for snacks and seafood specialties.. Also in the area near Cicek Pasaji is the narrow Nevizade street, which is the best place in Istanbul for eating Turkish specialties and drinking raki. On the Bosphorus, Ortakoy is the best place for nightlife in Istanbul, with its nightclubs, jazz clubs, fine seafood restaurants and bars. At Eminonu don’t miss an opportunity to see fishermen dressed in traditional Ottoman clothes and their Ottoman-style boats which you may board to sample their delicious fried fish. You may also want to visit Miniaturk, a large amusement park in Beylikduzu past Haramidere on the road to the Ataturk International Airport.


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Beyoglu is entertainment center of Istanbul

A Classical concert in St.Irene

Rock festivals continues 2-3 days.


Atik Mustafa Pasa mosque

Hagia Sophia

Magnificent Golden Horn The Golden Horn is a historic inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul and forming the natural harbor that has sheltered Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and other ships for thousands of years. It is a scimitar-shaped estuary that joins the Bosphorus just at the point where that strait enters the Sea of Marmara, thus forming a peninsula the tip of which is “Old Istanbul” (ancient Byzantion and Constantinople). It’s Greek and English names mean the same, but the significance of the designation “golden” is obscure. It has witnessed many tumultuous historical incidents and its dramatic vistas have been the subject of countless works of art.

The Golden Horn, known as Haliç in Turkish (which literally translates as “estuary”), is the long arm of the Bosphorus that separates Eminönü from Beyoglu. Legend has it that the Golden Horn got its name during the Fall of Constantinople, when the panicking Greeks hurled the city’s treasures into the inlet.  During Byzantine times it was closed off with a heavy chain to protect the lightly defended sea walls on the city’s north side.  Mehmet II the Conqueror literally got around the chain by building greased wooden causeways over the hill behind Galata and having his soldiers pull his fleet along them to the water.   

The Golden Horn starts from Eminonu and Galata Bridge. This bridge is the heart of Istanbul, spanning the Golden Horn from Karaköy on the north to Old Istanbul, centered on Sultanahmet, on the south. Crossing the bridge you look west toward Europe and east across the Bosphorus to Üsküdar and Asia. Right at the northern end is Karaköy (Galata), a Genoese colony during Byzantine times. It is said that Sultan Beyazid II commissioned Leonardo da Vinci to design a bridge to span the Golden Horn in 1503, only 50 years after the city was captured from the Byzantines. The great artist and engineer did the design, but alas the bridge was never built. The present

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Cruise ships moor at the Karakoy docks

Chora Church

Golden Horn starts Galata and Unkapanı Bridges

Galata Bridge, built in 1992, replaced a much-loved pontoon bridge dating from 1912 that gently swayed and rolled as the seas moved beneath it. Passenger ferryboats leave from Karaköy for Haydarpasa Station (terminal for Asian/Anatolian trains) and the bedroom suburb of Kadıkoy. At the southern end is Eminönü, with the Egyptian (Spice) Market, the New Mosque, and Sirkeci station (terminal for trains from Europe). Ferries depart the Eminönü docks for Üsküdar, the Bosphorus, and the Princes Islands. Car ferries cross the Bosphorus to Harem, between Üsküdar and Haydarpasa. Eminönü is Istanbul’s crossroads. Located on the


south side of the Golden Horn at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, it’s a major transportation nexus for trains, trams and buses, and the Eminönü ferry docks are always busy. Besides transport, it has sights: the Egyptian Bazaar, the Yeni Cami – New Mosque-, Central Post Office , Rüstem Pasha Mosque and Sirkeci train tation. It’s a major shopping area and has been for centuries. The Byzantines bought their fruits, vegetables and grains here a millennium ago. During the early Ottoman centuries it was the home of a Karaite Jewish colony, who were later moved up the Golden Horn to make way for the building of the Yeni Cami. You can use the Kabatas-Zeytinburnu

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tram and the many ferryboats, but there are also yellow dolmus minibuses going to Taksim Square and Nisantası. At the far end of the Galata Bridge from Eminönü is Karaköy (Galata), with its own ferry docks, tram and bus lines, and the international cruise ship dock. At the northern end of the Galata Bridge across Istanbul’s Golden Horn lies the district called Karaköy. It’s among the city’s oldest and most historic districts, and is today an important transportation point, similar to Eminönü, at the opposite end of Galata Bridge. Cruise ships moor at the docks by the Karakoy Passenger Terminal right in the heart

Focus On COVER STORY of the city. Ferries depart Karaköy for the Asian shore of the Bosphorus, going to both Haydarpasa train station and Kadıköy. Sehir Hatları ferryboats depart from the dock east of the Galata Bridge. TurYol boats depart from west of the bridge. Although you’ll probably get to know Karaköy as a place to board a ferry, ship, tram or the Tünel which is underground train to Istiklal Caddesi, it’s also a good place to buy hardware, insurance, baklava, and cheap fish, of all things. Around the year 1000, the emperor of Byzantium granted to the merchants of Genoa the right to settle and do business on the northern shore of the Golden Horn his capital, Constantinople. This district of Galata developed rapidly, and the Genoese built sturdy fortifications to protect themselves and their warehouses. Fragments of the Genoese walls are

still visible, but most visible of all is the highest and strongest point in the walls, the Galata Tower. Wander through the old streets and you’ll find some curious sights, such as the Church of the Virgin Mary of the Independent Turkish Orthodox Patriarchate, a dissident group that broke away from the Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate in Fener in 1922. Climb the steep hillside toward Galata Tower along the street named Yüksek Kaldırım to see some of the city’s fine old European houses, several of the city’s most historic synagogues, and of course the Galata Tower. The most pleasant way to see the sights along the Golden Horn (map) is on a short ferry cruise. IDO ferryboats depart the Golden Horn dock in Eminönü, west of Galata Bridge, hourly for the 25-minute voyage via Kasımpasa, Fener, Hasköy, Ayvansaray

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Tekfur Palace

and Sütlüce to Eyüp. Along the way you pass the cast-iron Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars, the Fener neighborhood with its Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate, the formerly Jewish neighborhood of Balat, the Ottoman Tersane the Feshane, a former fez factory converted to an art and exhibition hall, and finally, Eyüp, the favorite burial-place of Ottoman nobility. Balat is located on the southern shores of the Golden Horn. It is one of the Jewish districts where Jews were resettled during the time of the Ottoman Empire. We walk in Balat and find ourselves in intriguing streets with amazingly colorful life. Synagogues, Armenian churches, Romaic churches, Byzantine remnants and Ayazma’s are part of today’s adventure. Although once it had seven synagogues, now it has only two in good condition: Ahrida

This unique city, at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, located on both sides of the Bosphorus (Istanbul Straits) is described as a jewel by the famous French author Lamartine. Istanbul is a city of synthesis which realizes in an atmosphere of tolerance the uniting of the East and the West on the subjects of culture, art and religion, at the borders of two separate continents. The Bosphorus, which stretches out between the emerald-like slopes, the woods and the bays adorned with one thousand and one beauties, is unique. Halic Bay (Golden Horn), a horn-shaped bay located on the European side of Istanbul, is one of the most beautiful natural harbors in the world.

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‘’Pierre Loti cafe, Miniatürk Istanbul and Rahmi M. Koç Museum are beauties of Golden Horn.’’

and Yambol Synagogues. The castiron Bulgarian Orthodox church of St. Stephen of the Bulgarians, the city walls and the ruins of the Byzantine palace known as Tekfur Sarayı , the Armenian Church of Surp Hresdagabet are among many other places we visit during this tour. Ayvansaray lies the southern shore of the Golden Horn. It has has some monuments, like the mosque of Atik Mustafa Pasha which is an ancient Byzantine church, and the Ayazma (“holy spring”) enclosed in the small church of St. Mary of Blachernae. Sutluce is located at the eastern bank of Golden Horn across Eyüp. Istanbul’s main slaughterhouse was situated in Sütlüce. The facility, which caused great air and water pollution to the natural environment at Golden Horn, was abandoned in 1984 after 61 years of service. In accordance with


the city’s urban redevelopment plan and following the establishment of Miniatürk, Santral Istanbul and Rahmi M. Koç Museum around and the transformation of the old slaughterhouse into a modern congress complex. Eyüp is a municipality and district of the city of Istanbul, Turkey. The district extends from the Golden Horn all the way to the shore of the Black Sea. Eyüp is also the name of a prominent neighborhood and former village in the district, located at the confluence of the Kagıthane and Alibey streams at the head of the Golden Horn. The Eyüp neighborhood is a historically important area, especially for Turkey’s Muslims. In recent years many of the factories have been closed or cleaned up, the Golden Horn no longer smells so bad, and it is possible to sit by the waterside. The area has

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also increasingly attracted conservative Muslim families. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque continues to draw tourists visiting Istanbul, as well as larger numbers of Turkish religious pilgrims. At Friday prayer and throughout Ramadan, the area is full of visitors from all over the city. Pilgrims to the mosque include a wide range of Muslims, especially before weddings or circumcisions. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the district of Eyüp on the European side of Istanbul, near the Golden Horn, outside the Walls of Constantinople. Built in 1458, it was the first mosque constructed by the Ottoman Turks following their conquest of Istanbul, in 1453. In recent years, a thriving market has grown around the mosque selling prayer mats, beads, dates from Saudi Arabia, scented oils, Islamic books, recordings of Koran recitation, and other items. On


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Istanbul skyscapes2

Yerebatan Cistern

Bosphorus from Kandilli Hill Fridays, a marching band plays Ottoman military music, mehter, giving the area around the mosque a carnival atmosphere with an Islamic twist. In Ramadan, the area in front of the mosque is taken over by large tents where food is served at the evening fast breaking. A teleferique brings visitors from the shore of the Golden Horn up to the outdoor Pierre Loti Cafe a popular spot offering a view of the Golden Horn, named after the 19th-century French writer Pierre Loti who wrote two novels based on his stay in Istanbul.

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Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2010

Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2010 (TTM+ 2010) organized at September 8-10 in Bangkok Impact Convention & Exhibition center. TTM+ 2010 continued on 3 days with appointments and business networking. TTM+ 2010 welcomed 335 buyers from 50 countries and 338 sellers. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects foreign tourist arrivals to Thailand will reach 15.5 million next year, generating revenue of 600 billion baht, up 9% from this year. As well, local tourism will expand 3% next year from 93 million trips and 460 billion baht in revenue forecast this year.


Inaugurating TTM+ 2010, Chumpol Silapa-archa, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Thailand welcomed guests to TTM+ 2010 which is the biggest travel fair in Thailand. The minister said that the country aims to promote different products of the country. Chumpol Silapa-archa said even the date of TTM+ is postponed it is expected that the event will be productive for all. K.Padhanarat, Deputy Director General of Thailand Culture Sports and Tourism Department said at a press meeting that Thailand is again find peace and become fully a safe country. Thailand is again waiting all foreign tourists to explore destinations and to enjoy beautiful nature. â–

Turkey appointments on the board.

Siam Niramit hosted buyers and media with several attractions.

Suat Tore represented Turkey as a media.

Ozge Tore ( PR. Manager of S&M Publication ) participated to TTM first time.

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Joachim Fischer (Tourism Insider) is together with Suat Tore.

K.Padhanarat (Deputy Director General of Thailand Culture Sports and Tourism Dept.)

Puriphan Bunnag (Acting director of Meetings and Incentives of TCEB ) said 13pct of travelers to Thailand is coming for MICE.

Amari Hotels represented at TTM’2010.

A view from TTM+ 2010

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Turkey Attended Arab Tourism Bourse Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkish Airlines, Turkish hotels and travel agencies promoted Turkey with their tourism products and services at the Arab Tourism Bourse - ATB which was held in Damascus, Syria. The inauguration of 8th Arab Tourism Bourse - ATB took place under the patronage of Syrian Ministry of Tourism Syrian Tourism Minister Dr. Saadallah Aghaa Al Kala, who attended the opening ceremony of ATB, later visited Turkey stand and got information about Turkish tourism. Syria Tourism Minister Dr. Saadallah Aghaa Al Kala read S&M Publication’s Arab & Turkish Travel Magazine and find the magazine very informative. Minister has also cut and tasted Turkey’s famous Kahramanmaras ice cream, which is tough and sticky. ATB in Damascus presents a diverse range of destinations to


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Syrian and international travelers. The fair provides an excellent opportunity for global travel and tourism industry to meet, negotiate and conduct business in Syria, one of the fastest growing markets in the Middle East. Syrian Ministry of Tourism announced today that the number of tourist investment projects entering service in Syria until September 2010 was 222 facilities, including 42 hotels and 180 restaurants, the total investment cost is SYP 14.5 billion (USD 314 million). The number of the tourist facilities in the same period last year was 154 facilities, of which 25 hotels and 129 restaurants with a cost of SYP 7.1 billion (USD 154 million). On tourism projects under construction, the number of the projects which received construction license or signed contracts reached 78 projects until September 2010 at a cost of SYP 26 billion (USD 563 millions), including 52 hotels and 25 restaurants.


Turkish Airlines stand well located; just at the enterance.

Özge Özturk representing Izmir Hilton was ver busy at ATB

Big interest to Turkey stand at ATB-Damascus

Big interest to Turkey stand at ATB-Damascus

Turkish attache Vehip Özdemir prepared better looking stand for this year’s fair.

Mercan Tourism - Istanbul

Deputy Undersecretary at Turkish Ministry Of Culture and Tourism; Özgur Özaslan visited Turkish Airlines stand and met with Bahri Yilmaz

Orhan Sancar - Hamidiye Hotel Istanbul is reading Arab & Turkish Travel Magazine together with Hamdi Akin Dalaman Airport.

Deputy Undersecretary at Turkish Ministry Of Culture and Tourism; Özgur Özaslan met again with Syria Tourism Minister Dr.Saadallah Aghaa Al Kala.

Syria Tourism Minister Dr. Saadallah Aghaa Al Kala cut and tasted Kahramanmaras ice cream.

Suat Töre presented his Arab & Turkish Travel Magazine to Syria Tourism Minister Dr. Saadallah Aghaa Al Kala

Mugla Governorship organized a press conference at ATB, followed by a cocktail.

Özgur Özaslan answered questions of media.

Hasan Savas Erden and his staff represented Turkish Airlines stand.

Suat Tore had an interview with Muhannad Kalash ( Deputy Minister of Tourism, Syria )

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World Travel Market 2010 to Generate More Travel Business Than Ever Before World Travel Market 2010, the premier global event for the travel industry, is poised to be the catalyst for even more travel industry business deals than ever before, reveals a poll of Meridian Club Members - WTM’s senior buyers network. World Travel Market 2009 led to a massive £1,139 million of travel industry deals, with almost two-thirds (64%) of the Meridian Club members polled stating they expect to conduct a greater amount of business (in monetary value) at WTM 2010 than they did at WTM 2009. More than a third (34%) expect to conduct about the same amount of business at this year’s WTM as they did at last year’s, with only 2% expect to conduct less business at WTM 2010. WTM 2010 will be the biggest-ever World Travel Market due to the £165 million expansion of host venue ExCeL, London. The event has a number of new features to attract new exhibitors including the WTM Sports Pavilion and the first exhibition floor WTM Technology Presentation Theatre. Six out of ten Meridian Club

members expect to sign more business deals with a greater number of exhibitors at WTM 2010 than they did at WTM 2009. Three out of ten Meridian Club Members expect to conduct between 11% and 25% more business (in monetary value) this year than they did in 2009. A further 35% expect to conduct up to 10% more business than in 2009. To help facilitate business between exhibitors and buyers there will be a Meridian Club lounge in both exhibition halls for the first time. Furthermore, The Meet The Meridian Club Buyers (Speed Networking) has also been expanded for 2010 with a new UK & Ireland and Technology and Online Travel session. World Travel Market Exhibition Director Simon Press said: “World Travel Market is all about facilitating business between exhibitors and the industry’s senior buyers in the WTM Meridian Club. “I am delighted Meridian Club members are telling us they expect to conduct a greater number of business deals leading to larger monetary value than ever before.” World Travel Market polled 187 Meridian Club members. n

PURE Life 15th - 18th November- Marrakech PURE Life Experiences is the world’s leading networking platform and market place for the Experiential Travel economy. Each year the carefully selected members of PURE meet behind closed doors in the magical city of Marrakech to conduct business at the highest level, network and exchange the latest ideas and trends in the fast booming Experiential Travel market. They are also offered the opportunity to join the PURE Private network, a web based and trade only social network allowing them to stay in touch throughout the year and to enhance their sales and marketing reach towards this very exclusive community. The annual event, which will take place this year from 15th - 18th November 2010, adopts a technologically advanced, sophisticated and exclusive exhibition format. Throughout it’s duration, members will benefit from a relaxed three day event consisting of 42 prescheduled meetings, free networking sessions and glamorous evening functions. After a very successful first year edition in 2009, PURE has created new standards in the high end travel trade meeting place and intends to use its current momentum to build the most exclusive and effective sales and marketing platform for the Experiential Travel economy. Today, travel is

about participating in life enriching experiences and returning home transformed. It is about fulfilling the next and very final level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, self-actualisation. Self actualisation is characterised not by a willingness to consume prestige goods or services for the sake of upgrading oneself socially but, by a quest to find one’s own true happiness through connections with loved ones or with the world. This is the PURE essence of a true travel experience. As a result, access to the PURE community is exclusively reserved to the finest and purest life experiences Private Travel Designers and operators serving at a very high level the following travel segments: lodges, retreats and unique hotels | discovery journeys | wilderness experiences | explorative adventure | gastronomic & cultural escapes | philanthropic travel | health and wellness Each operator selected will also need to demonstrate how their product and services fit within the PURE definition of Experiential Travel:’A journey away from home, involving a truly memorable and powerful experience (active, cultural, natural, social or spiritual) that will enrich a person’s life and improve the way they connect with both loved ones and with the world’. n

Indulge Your Senses in ILTM’s New Healing Lounge ‘Healing Body, Mind and Soul, Healing Beauty’ will be the theme of the new Healing Lounge sponsored by Healing Hotels of the World at this year’s International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), 6-9 December in Cannes. Debbie Joslin, Exhibition Director at ILTM comments: “We are aware of the enormous popularity of spas as well as high end wellbeing and medical tourism within the luxury tourism industry.  ILTM’s Healing Lounge represents the crème de la crème of the world’s spas and therefore a highpoint for those luxury travel specialists seeking the ultimate in rejuvenation for their elite clients.”  Healing Hotels of the World is an exclusive partnership of some 50 superior hotels and resorts located across the world offering an exclusive holistic wellbeing service i.e. physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual care.  The partnership is also best positioned to educate guests regarding caring for themselves in the future. Treatments in the ILTM Healing Lounge include mini facials onsite by Babor, a power nap corner hosted by Samina Institute; holistic massages provided by Fonteverde Natural Spa Resort; shoulder, neck and head treatments from Haki by


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Harald Kitz and Lanserhof Austria who will provide 15 minute consultations on men’s health. Healing Hotels’ extensive catalogue of criteria has to be fulfilled by each partner hotel and focuses on the entire hotel, including the holistic treatments offered in the spa, responsible hotel and room design, appropriate food, sustainable commitment, overall philosophy and much more. Each programme is specifically tailored for each guest. The following member hotels and resorts will be represented at Healing Hotels of the World’s stand at ILTM: Villa Faros, Greece; La Clairière Bio & Spahotel, France; Hotel Vitznauerhof Vitalresort, Switzerland; Alpen Karawanserei Time Design Hotel, Austria; Lanserhof, Austria; Engel Spa & Resort, Italy; Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Italy; Chiva-Som, Thailand; Gaia Retreat & Spa, Australia; The Lyall Hotel & Spa, Australia and The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Malaysia.  Now in its ninth year, ILTM is an exclusive ‘by invitation only’ event where selected definitive international luxury travel experiences and prestigious luxury travel products are invited to meet with the top buyers of elite travel from across the globe. ILTM Asia is the leading annual business-to-business event for the Asia Pacific luxury travel community: 13-16 June 2011 in Shanghai.  n

Destinasyon Trat & Chanthaburi

Trat & Chanthaburi


u yıl TTM – Bangkok fuarı gösteriler nedeniyle Haziran ayı başında yapılamadı. Eylül ayı başına ertelenen bu fuarın ardından düzenlenen post turlar arasında bugüne kadar detayları ile göremediğimiz bir bölge olan Trat ve Chanthaburi turunu seçtik.Tayland’ın güneydoğusunda, Kamboçya sınırına yakın Trat şehrinin


hemen karşısında yer alan Koh Chang adasını gecen yıl Ekim ayında görmüş ve sonrasında yazmıştık. Çok yoğun yağmurlu bir tur olması nedeniyle pek göremediğimiz için bu yıl tekrar aynı bölgeye giderek, hem bu güzel adayı hem de çevresini bu kez daha detaylı olarak görme fırsatını yakaladık. Bölgeye Bangkok’dan ulaşım

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Tayland’ın güneydoğusunda, Kamboçya sınırına yakın Trat şehrinin hemen karşısında yer alan Koh Chang Chanthaburi eyaletinin yeni turistik adası. Fil Adası anlamına gelen ve Milli Park olan Koh Chang, aynı zamanda Tayland’ın Phuket’ten sonra ikinci büyük adası. Bangkok’tan kalkan pervaneli uçaklar Trat’ın yeşillikler içindeki küçük ama sempatik havaalanına 1 saatte ulaşıyor.

kara ve hava yolu ile yapılıyor. Bangkok’dan 5 ya da 6 saatlik bir karayolculuğu yada 1 saatlik bir uçuş ile Trat şehrine ulaşılıp, 45 dakika kadar süren feribot ile de adaya ulaşılıyor. Bizde bu tura Bangkok trafiğinden nasibimizi almamak için sabahın 5 inde otelimiz Centara Grand’dan hareket ederek havaalanının yolunu tuttuk. Saat 9 da Bangkok’tan kalkan küçük uçağımız Trat’ın

yeşillikler içindeki küçük ama sempatik havaalanına 1 saatte ulaştı. TTM buyer ve medya mensuplarını oluşturan 50 kişilik grubumuz minivan’lara bölüştürülerek doğrudan adaya geçmek için feribota bindirildi. Fil Adası anlamına gelen ve Milli Park olan Koh Chang Tayland’ın Phuket’ten sonra ikinci büyük adası. Feribotun ada limanına yanaşmasından sonra 30 dakika kadar NewFocus November & December’2010


Destinasyon Trat & Chanthaburi Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang

yolculukla Salak Petch bölgesinde tipik bir deniz ürünleri lokantasında Tayland körfezinin zengin balık çeşitlerinden oluşan öğle yemeğimizi yedik. Yemeğin ardından el yapımı ürünleri ile ünlü Salakkok Köyünü ve küçük dükkanlardaki ağaç, kumaş ve ipekten yapılmış el emeği turistik eşya alışverişleri yediklerimizi hazmettik. Haziran-Kasım arası yoğun yağışlı olan Tayland’ın sağanak yağmurları Koh Chang’da bu kez yoktu. Güneşli, rutubetli ve sıcak ilk günümüzde adanın güzel koylarını gezmek üzere düzenlenen tekne

turumuzda çeşitli koyları gezerek Rak ka-la el işleri köyüne vardık. Hediyelik eşya alışverişlerimiz burada da sürdü. Günün erken başlaması ile yorgun düşen grubumuz için program değişti ve ilk geceleme otelimiz Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang oteline erken giriş yaparak, akşam yemeğine dek dinlenmeye çekildik. Grubumuzdan birkaç kişi dinlenme sürecini güneş akşam ufuktan kaybolana kadar tesisin güzel plajında geçirdik. Grubumuzun buyerları akşam yemeği için Koh Chang Tropicana and Resort otel tanıma gezisine Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang

hemen ardından toplantılara katılırken, bizler medya mensubu olmanın verdiği avantajı kullanarak Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang’ın sunduğu hizmetlerden yararlandık. Tesisin spasının plaj bölümünde başkent Bangkok otellerinin neredeyse 10 da bir fiyatına, 1 saatlik ünlü Thai masajını yaptırıp rahatladık.


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Tree Top Adventure Park

Tree Top Adventure Park

Turumuzun ikinci günü Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang’ın güzel kahvaltısından hemen sonra adanın yemyeşil tropikal ağaçlarla kaplı ormanlarında bulunan Tree Top Adventure Park’a ulaşılınca, grubumuzun gençleri ve heyecandan hoşlananları, ağaçtan ağaca Tarzan misali teller üzerinde kayarak yüksek adrenalin ihtiyaçlarını giderdiler. Zevkli ve eğlenceli bu maceralı oyunda bizler grub üyelerinin acemice düşüşlerini, yaptıkları yanlışlıkları gözleyerek eğlendik.

Tree Top Adventure Park

Koh Chang mütevazi tesisleri ile alternatif ve macera turizm ile birlikte tatil turizmi içinde kullanılabilecek bir destinasyon. Yemyeşil bir bitki örtüsü ile kaplı ada da tüm kıyı boyunu çevreleyen düzgün karayolu ile ulaşım son derece zevkli. Bu karayolunu takip ederek adanın etrafını turlayıp başlangıç noktanıza ulaşabilirsiniz. Koh Chang tam bir jungle adası.Her yer ormanlar ve yeşillikler kaplı. Trekking, climbing ve adventure turizm için ideal bir ada. Dağ motorları ile doğayı keşfe çıkıp sonrasında salıncaklı halatlarla ağaçlar arasında turlayabilir yada Fil üstünde geziye çıkıp fillerle birlikte göllerde yıkanabilir ve şelalelerin altından geçebilirsiniz. Kıyılar çok sayıda plaj ve tesisler ile sakin tatiller için de elverişli.White Sand Beach, Kai Bae Beach, Lonely Beach, Long Beach, Coconut Beach bu plajların en ünlüleri. Ayrıca ada ve çevresi scuba için de çok elverişli. Koh Chang adasındaki gezimizi öğlen yine feribotumuza binip karşı kıyıdaki Chantaburi bölgesine vararak tamamladık.

Destinasyon Trat & Chanthaburi Tropikal meyvelerin en güzellerinin yetiştirildiği Chantaburi, Taylandın meyve ve sebze üretim merkezi.

Tayland’ın ünlü tropikal meyvelerini mutlaka tatmalısınız. Hepsi değişik tatlarda ve kokularda bu meyveler içinde bizim favorilerimiz mangustin, rambutan, lichi ve mango. Durian da içi inanılmaz kötü kokan çok lezzetli bir meyve. Ama o kokusu yok mu, insanın yiyesi gelmiyor!


Rose Apple







Dragon Fruit






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Destinasyon Trat & Chanthaburi Feribot ile ana karaya yanaştıktan sonra yine bir balık lokantasına gidilip hemen herçeşit deniz mahsulünün oluşturduğu zengin çeşitli soframıza kurulduk. Tayland’ın ünlü birası Singha yerine bölgenin adını taşıyan Chang birası içerek Pikul restorandan çok memnun bir şekilde ayrıldık. Ameriklıların Sea World’une benzeyen Oasis Sea World’de yunusların gösterisi bölgenin en önemli turistik atraksiyonlarından biri. Tayland’ın en büyük Katolik kilisesini ziyaretten sonra Chantaburi’de konaklayacağımız otel olan Maneechan Resort and Sport Club otele vardık. Maneechan Resort and Sport Club otelde mükemmel bir konukseverlik ve hem kokteyl hem de yemek ikramları olarak gezi boyunca en zengin konaklamayı gerçekleştirdik. Ancak herhalde bir deniz ürününün sebebini öğrenemediğimiz özelliğinden dolayı grubumuzun vejeteryan Hintlileri dışında herkes geceyi mide ağrıları ile geçirdi. Hatta bir bölümü ertesi gün dönüş günü olmasına rağmen 1 gece daha kalıp dinlenmeyi tercih ettiler. Elbette otel yönetimi duruma çok üzüldü hastalananlar ile tek tek ilgilenerek düzelmelerine yardımcı oldu. Turumuzun son günü şehrin mücevher fabrikasında son alışverişler yapılıp biraz da yorgun gecenin etkisi ile Grand otel’de verilen öğle yemeği pek rağbet görmedi. Öğle yemeğinin ardından 5 saatlik uzun bir yolculuk ile Bangkok’a geri döndük. Ertesi günkü ülkeye dönuş yolculuğu öncesi Amari Watergate otel’de sevgili dostumuz Pierre Andre’nin bize ayırdığı executive odada tur yorgunluğumuzu attık.

Oasis Sea World

Balık lokantaları bölgenin yeme içme yerlerinin başında geliyor. Hemen her yerde, her çeşit deniz mahsulünün oluşturduğu zengin çeşitler ile donatılmış sofralarda müthiş lezzetleri keşfedin.

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Nasıl Gidilir Thai Havayolları ile Bangkok’tan sabah ve akşamüzeri günde 2 kez Trat’a uçmak mümkün. Karayolculuğu da 5-8 saat arasında sürüyor. Feribotlar her 30 dakikada bir karşılıklı olarak çalışıyor.

THY’miz Bangkok Suvarnabhumi uluslararası havaalanının en gözde yerindeki reklamlari ile tüm yolcuların dikkat cekiyordu.

Nerede Kalınır Bölgede çok sayıda ve çok uygun fiyatlarda konaklama olanağı var. Bu gezide konakladığımız ve gezdiğimiz tesisler;

Koh Chang Dewa Resort & Spa Koh Chang Klong Prao Beach- Koh Chang Koh Chang Tropicana and Resort Tumbon - Koh Chang




Maneechan Resort and Sport Club Plubpla – Chantaburi Grand Hotel Amphur Muang – Chantaburi

Centara Grand Centara Grand at CentralWorld – Bangkok Amari Watergate Petchburi Road – Bangkok

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Effective summit for the tourism sector The Fastest Growing Tourism Exhibition in the Region

15th Edition 10 -13 February 2011 TÜYAP Beylikdüzü İSTANBUL

EAST MEDITERRANEAN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL & TOURISM EXIBITION 10 halls, 55,000 sqm. space more than 3,500 exhibitors from over 60 countries. organiser

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İnanç Turizminde Tanıtım Sıkıntısı Yaşanıyor ‘’İnanç Turizmi Kriterlerinin Tespiti, Değerlendirilmesi ve Geliştirilmesi’’ konulu MÜSİAD Hizmet Sektör Kurulu Türkiye İstişare Toplantısı Mardin’de gerçekleştirildi. Toplantıda konuşan İstanbul Üniversitesi (İ.Ü) İlahiyat Fakültesi Dekanı Prof. Dr. Şinasi Gündüz, dünyanın birçok yerinde inanç turizminin önemli bir gelir kaynağı olduğunu belirterek, artık turizmcilerin kültür ve inanç turizmini keşfettiğini kaydetti. Gündüz, inanç turizmi açısından tanıtım sıkıntısı yaşandığına da işaret etti. İstanbul Üniversitesi (İ.Ü) İlahiyat Fakültesi Dekanı Prof. Dr. Şinasi Gündüz, inanç turizmi açısından tanıtım sıkıntısı yaşandığına işaret etti. İstanbul Üniversitesi (İ.Ü) İlahiyat Fakültesi Dekanı Prof. Dr. Şinasi Gündüz, dünyanın birçok yerinde inanç turizminin

önemli bir gelir kaynağı olduğunu belirterek, artık turizmcilerin kültür ve inanç turizmini keşfettiğini kaydetti. İnanç turizmi açısından tanıtım sıkıntısı yaşandığına işaret eden Gündüz, konuşmasına şöyle devam etti: ‘’Dünyanın geneline baktığımız zaman bu konuda sıkıntıların var olduğunu görüyoruz. Özellikle Ortadoğu’ya baktığımız da inanç merkezlerinin zaman zaman çatışmanın, kavganın bizzat konusu olan mekanlar olarak karışımıza çıktığını görüyoruz. Ayrıca bu yörelerde bilinçli ya da bilinçsiz şekilde kültürel değerlerin bir şekilde yok edildiğini görüyoruz. Son dönemlerde ülkemizde Kültür Bakanlığımız güzel etkinlikler yapıyor. Eski dönemlerde bize miras kalan bir takım mekanların hızla restore edilmesi inşa edilmesi ile ilgili faaliyetler yürütüyor.’’ n

TYD’’ Kişibaşı Turizm Giderimiz Artarken, Kişibaşı Gelirimiz Azalıyor’’ Türkiye Turizm Yatırımcıları Derneği uyarıyor.Yurtdışına çıkan Türk vatandaşı sayısı hızla artarken, buna paralel olarak turizm giderimiz de hızla yükselmektedir. Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı verilerine göre, 2003 yılında yurtdışına çıkan (Türkiye’de ikamet eden) Türk vatandaşlarının sayısı 3 milyonun biraz üzerindeyken, 2009’da 5,5 milyonu aşmıştır. Turizm giderimiz ise 2003 yılında 2,1 milyar dolardan, 2009’da 4,1 milyar dolara yükselmiştir. 2003-2009 arasındaki kümülatif artış oranı yurtdışına çıkan vatandaş sayısında % 68,8, turizm giderinde % 96,2’dir. Kişi başı turizm gideri ise 2003 yılında 641 dolar iken, 2009’da 745 dolara yükselmiştir. Türk Lirası’nın değerli olması, yurtdışı seyahatleri cazip hale getirmektedir. Diğer yandan artan rekabet ortamında özellikle Avrupa ülkelerinin turizmde fiyata dayalı politika uygulamaları doğal olarak, Türk vatandaşlarının yurtdışı seyahat isteklerini kamçılamaktadır. Yurtdışına Çıkan Türk Vatandaşı

Turizm Gideri (bin $)

Kişi Başı Turizm Gideri ($)

















kişi başı harcamaları ise 580 dolara inmiştir. 580 dolara yurtdışında yaşayan Türk vatandaşlarının Türkiye’de yaptıkları harcama dahil değildir. Yurtdışında yaşayan Türklerin Türkiye’de yaptıkları kişi başı harcama 2009 yılında 1.158 dolar olup yabancı turistin kişi başı harcamasından çok daha yüksektir. Yurtdışına Çıkan Türk Vatandaşlarının Kişi Başı Turizm Gideri ($)

Yabancı Turistten Elde Edilen Kişi Başı Turizm Geliri ($)



















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Kaynak: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı 2003-2009 dönemi içinde Türklerin yurtdışındaki kişi başı turizm harcamaları % 16,2 artarken, yabancıların Türkiye’deki 2007 4.956.069 3.259.625 658 kişi başı turizm harcamaları % 17,8 azalmıştır. 2009 itibariyle 2008 4.892.717 3.506.888 717 yurtdışına çıkan Türklerin kişi başı harcamaları, Türkiye’ye gelen yabancıların kişi başı harcamalarından % 28 daha yüksektir. 2009 5.561.355 4.145.741 745 Bu trend devam ettiğinde Türkiye’nin net turizm geliri düşecek, 2003-2009 % 68,8 % 96,2 % 16,2 sektörün ekonomiye net katkısı azalacaktır. Değişim Diğer yandan, yabancı turistten elde edilen kişi başı gelirin düşmesi özellikle her şey dahil sistemiyle çalışan resort otel Kaynak: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı tarzındaki turizm yatırımlarımızın geleceği bakımından tehlike Kişi başı turizm giderimizi, yabancı turistten elde edilen kişi arz etmekte ve paket fiyatlarda düşüşlere neden olmaktadır. başı turizm geliri ile karşılaştırdığımızda ise ilginç bir tablo Kişi başı gelirin düşmesiyle azalan kar marjları, halen sahip ile karşılaşmaktayız. Şöyle ki 2003 yılında yurtdışına çıkan olduğumuz ve durmaksızın yapmaya devam ettiğimiz yeni TC vatandaşlarının kişi başına harcaması 641 dolar, yabancı ve modern konaklama tesislerimizin, marinalarımızın, golf turistten elde edilen kişi başı gelir 706 dolar iken, bu tutarlar zaman içerisinde TC vatandaşları için artarken, yabancı turistler sahalarımızın ve diğer tüm turizm yatırımlarının ciddi bir bölümünün geri dönüş sürelerini uzatacak ve borç ödeme için azalmıştır. 2009 yılına geldiğimizde Türklerin yurtdışında harcadığı miktar 745 dolara yükselmiş, yabancıların Türkiye’deki kabiliyetimizi (yatırım kredisi) azaltacaktır. n

Lufthansa 48 Yeni Uçak Siparişi Kararı Aldı Deutsche Lufthansa AG denetleme kurulu yaptığı toplantıda 48 yeni uçak alımı için onay verdi. Rolls-Royce Trent700 motorlu 8 adet Airbus A330-300 uçağı uzun mesafe uçuşlarında kullanılacak. Diğer 40 uçağın ise Avrupa içi uçuşlarda sefer yapması öngörülüyor. Lufthansa Passage için 3 adet Airbus A330300 ve 20 adet Airbus A320 tipi uçak sipariş edilmesi planlanıyor. Bunların yanı sıra Lufthansa’nın bölgesel uçuşlarında kullanılmak üzere 8 adet yeni Embraer 195 tipi uçak satın alınması hedefleniyor. SWISS havayolu şirketinde kullanılmak üzere 5 adet yeni Airbus A330-300, 2 adet Airbus A321 ve 2 adet Airbus A320 satın alınması öngörülüyor. Germanwings filosuna sekiz yeni


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Airbus A319 katılacak. Yakıt tasarrufu sağlayan modern uçaklar 2012 ‘den itibaren aşamalı olarak teslim edilmeye başlanacak. Siparişin liste bedeli 3.5 milyar Euro dolayında bulunuyor. Deutsche Lufthansa AG yönetim kurulu başkanı Wolfgang Mayrhuber denetim kurulu tarafından alınan kararla ilgili olarak şu açıklamayı yaptı: “Yeni uçaklara yapılan yatırımlar şirketler grubu bünyesindeki havayolu şirketlerinin rekabet gücünü artırıyor. Modern filo sayesinde yakıt verimliliğinde artış, işletme giderleri, gürültü ve emisyonda ise azalma sağlanıyor.” Siparişlerin finansmanı şirketler grubunun nakit kaynaklarından veya harici finansman yoluyla sağlanacak. n


Türkiye’nin ilk Ultra maratonu Likya Yolunda Koşuldu Aralarında Yunanistan, Çin, Fas, Avustralya gibi ülkelerin bulunduğu, dünyanın birçok farklı yerinde düzenli olarak gerçekleştirilen ultra maratonlar, ilk kez medeniyetlerin beşiği Ege ve Akdeniz topraklarına geldi. Yaklaşık 42 km’lik normal maraton mesafesini aşan dayanıklılık yarışları olarak nitelendirilebilecek ultra maratonlar; patikalar, dağlar, çöller, buzullar gibi zorlu parkurlarda çeşitli tip ve mesafelerde gerçekleşiyor. Her yıl yaklaşık 70.000 lisanslı ve lisanssız yarışçının katıldığı organizasyonlarda hem koşucular hem de gönüllü personel bu yarışlara katılabilmek için dünyanın çeşitli ülkelerinden geliyorlar. Türkiye’de ilk kez düzenlenen Likya Yolu Ultra Maratonu 11-17 Ekim 2010 tarihleri arasında gerçekleşti. Likya Yolu Maratonu’nun yarış danışmanı, çeşitli ülkelerde ultra maraton koşmuş olan, İstanbul Üniversitesi, Cerrahpaşa Tıp Fakültesi, Endokrinoloji ve Metabolizma Hastalıkları Bilim Dalı Öğretim Üyesi Prof. Dr. Taner Damcı. Likya Yolu Ultra Maratonu, gücünün sınırlarını zorlamaya odaklanmış ultra maratonculara sunduğu çetin parkurlardan oluştu. Belirlenen rota, deniz seviyesi ile 800 metrelik dağlık bölgeler arasında iniş çıkışlar, kumsal, toprak yol, kayalık patikalar, iğne yapraklarının kayganlaştırdığı ormanlık araziler ve dik yamaçlar gibi birbirinden oldukça farklı zemin koşullarında bölgenin ve tarihin doğal zenginlikleri üzerinde gerçekleşen maratonun zorluk düzeyi de oldukça yüksekti. Likya Yolu Maratonu’nun gerçekleşeceği parkur, çeşitli kaynaklarca dünyanın en iyi 10 uzun mesafe yürüyüş rotasından biri olarak gösteriliyor. Maratonda, katılımcılar yaklaşık 240 km boyunca yiyeceklerini sırt çantalarında taşıdılar.

Likya Yolu hakkında Tarihi Likya Yolu’nun kökleri M.Ö. 4. yüzyılda bölgede yaşayan Likya Uygarlığı’na kadar uzanıyor. Likya Yolu’nu yeniden gün yüzüne çıkarma ve bir yürüyüş parkuru haline getirme projesi ise 1999 yılında İngiliz asıllı Türk vatandaşı Kate Clow tarafından hayata geçiriliyor. Fethiye’den başlayıp Antalya’da son bulan ve 23 etaptan oluşan 509 km’lik bir yürüyüş parkuruna dönüşmüş haliyle yeniden hayat buluyor. Likya Yolu parkuru üzerinde bulunan tarihi kalıntılar, antik şehirler, kaleler ve amfi tiyatrolar katılımcıların ilgilendikleri bir başka nokta. Parkur, dünyanın en uzun 3. plajı olan Patara kumsalı boyunca devam ediyor ve Patara antik kenti gibi ören yerleri yakınında gece kamp kurma ayrıcalığını da katılımcılara sunuyor. Likya Yolu parkurunun, zorlu koşulları yanında tarihi dokusu ile dünyanın birçok ülkesinden katılımcıyı ülkemize çekmesi bekleniyor. n

Türkiye’de Son 5 yılda 225 Otel El Değiştirdi Otellerin el değiştirmesi 2006’da zirveye ulaşarak 63 tesis ile rekor kırdı. Ekin Grubu Araştırma Birimi’nin Türkiye genelinde gerçekleştirdiği araştırmaya göre otellerde en az el değiştirme ise bu yıl yaşandı. Turizm sektörünün gidişatını kestirebilmek açısından el değiştiren tesis sayısı önemli veri olarak görülüyor ve sektörle ilişkili kesim tarafından yakından takip ediliyor. Ekin Grubu Araştırma Birimi’nin Türkiye genelinde kıyı bölgeleri ve şehir Fehmi Köfteoğlu merkezlerinde yer alan oteller üzerinden yaptığı araştırmaya göre son 5 yılda 225 otel mülkiyet ya da işletme olarak el değiştirdi. Otellerdeki el değiştirmelerin 136’sında işletmeci, kiracı veya yönetim bazında olurken, geri kalan 85 tesiste ise mülkiyet düzeyinde el değiştirmeler oldu. En az el değiştirme 2010’da yaşandı Konaklama tesisleri arasında yaşanan el değiştirmelerin yıllara göre dağılımında 2006 yılı 43’ü işletme, 19’u mülkiyet bazlı olmak üzere toplam 63 tesis ile zirveye ulaştı. 2006 yılında el değiştiren tesislerdeki toplam yatak kapasitesi 30 bine yakındı. Konaklama tesisleri arasında el değiştirmelerin en az yaşandığı yıl ise 2010 oldu. Bu yılın 8 aylık döneminde 8’i işletme 4’ü mülkiyet bazında olmak üzere toplam 12 tesis el değiştirdi. 2009 yılında konaklama tesisleri arasında 20’si işletme, 13’ü mülkiyet olmak üzere toplam 33 tesis el değiştirmişti.

Orta ve büyük tesisler Konaklama tesislerinde meydana gelen el değiştirmelerin tesislerin tür ve çeşidi ile illere göre dağılımı incelendiğinde, bu işlemlerin orta veya büyük ölçekli tesislerde gerçekleştiği dikkat çekiyor. 2005’ten bu yana meydana gelen el değiştirmeler iller bazında Antalya, Muğla, Aydın ve İstanbul gibi turistik merkezlerde yoğunluk kazanıyor. ‘El Değiştiren Oteller Araştırması’ ile ilgili bilgi veren Ekin Grubu Araştırma Birimli Yöneticisi Fehmi Köfteoğlu, bu alanda görülen hareketliliğin birden çok nedeni olduğunu, kimi zaman ekonomik kriz nedeniyle yaşanan el değiştirmelerin son dönemde sektörde görülen dönüşüm sürecinin de etkili olduğunu belirterek “Özellikle aile işletmelerinde yaşanan gelişmeler çoğu zaman tesisin mülkiyet ya da işletme bazında el değiştirmesine neden oluyor” dedi. Konaklama sektöründe el değiştiren tesisler ile ilgili son 5 yıla ait veriler



































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