Sunday, October 28, 2012

Invest in Istanbul Conference Valley

The Congress Tourism main city will naturally be Istanbul:

With its magnificent history and beautiful sites, Istanbul offers a unique environment for hosting conferences and meetings.

International hotels with top meeting facilities are mostly located in Istanbul.

Istanbul is the only city in the world standing upon two continents, Asia & Europe. Bosporus strait is a natural wonder dividing Asia and Europe, now the city hosts 14 million visitors per year.

Istanbul has been the capital of two world-empires for over 2000 years, and thus is full of historic and cultural monumental buildings and masterpieces of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman art.

Istanbul is one of the cultural capitals of the world. It regularly hosts a number of International Festivals of Arts, Culture, Movies, Music, etc.

From its old Bazaars from Ottoman Ages (15th-16th centuries) to the giant modern shopping malls, Istanbul is one of the shopping capitals of the world.
Istanbul has recently been selected as one of the 8 Best Cities in the World, by Travel & Leisure Magazine. The criteria used in this selection were art, culture, shopping, facilities, natural views, food, hospitality and people. As a result, Istanbul was placed among the first 8.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST) has been recently renovated and enlarged with new facilities. There is also brand new Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) located on the Asian Side. Istanbul is well-connected to the rest of the world by a number of daily flights from all continents.

Thanks to the geopolitical position among Middle East, Balkans (Eastern Europe), and ex-Russian Federation countries (Armenia, Georgia, etc.), Istanbul is such a middle-point location that more than 50 countries and 1,5 billion people are located within 3,5 hours flight time. Istanbul-Rome flight time is only 2 hours.

Every year conferences that take place in Istanbul attract up to 20% more delegates compared to the previous year.

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Some facts about Istanbul:

With over 14 M population Istanbul is one of the biggest and commercially busiest cities in the World.

Blue Mosque is the only mosque in Istanbul with six minarets, which is the maximum number you can have in a mosque. Grand Bazaar is the biggest old covered bazaar in the world, with over 4.000 shops.

Istanbul has been the European Cultural Capital City in 2010.
During Ottoman Empire time Istanbul had over 1,400 public toilets in the city meanwhile there weren't even one at the palaces in France and other European cities.

Istanbul (ancient Byzantium) was founded on Seven Hills like Rome.

Istanbul was the most crowded city of the world in 1502 and then London took this title in 1840.

Istanbul was the capital city of the Byzantine Empire for about 1000 years and then the Ottoman Empire during their rule for about 500 years.

Istanbul has the third oldest subway in the world, built in 1875. It's 573 meters long and located in Tunel neighborhood at Beyoglu district. London subway was built in 1863 and New York subway in 1868.

Sapphire skyscraper at Levent district is the tallest (261 meters - 856 feet) building between Dubai - Frankfurt on the world map. Second tallest building in Istanbul is Is Kule owned by Is Bank, 181 meters (594 feet) high.

Agatha Christie wrote her famous novel "Murder on the Orient Express" at Pera Palas Hotel in Istanbul.

The population of the metropolis has expanded more than three times between 1980 and 2005. Roughly 70% of all Istanbulites live in the European section and around 30% in the Asian section.

Turkish Tourism Industry recently developed tremendously, as from receiving 11 million visitors a year in 2008 to 24 million visitors a year in 2010.