Istanbul

Istanbul is the real Turkish delight, a mixture of old and new where east meets west. The city is an exciting combination of the splendors of the Ottoman past and the modern amenities of a wide variety of international deluxe 5-star hotels.
Guaranteed to make your meeting, conference or incentive a memorable success, Istanbul is the gateway to the rest of Turkey – definitely a paradise preserved.

Istanbul_Blue Mosque

A City of Harmony in a Country of Variety
The cultural diversity of Istanbul defines exaggeration. A Roman city converted into Christianity. It was also the seat of Islamic caliphate that preserved the patriarchate of Christian orthodoxy. It has been a refuge for Jews fleeing Spain in the XV Century and for those seeking asylum in 1930s. Belonging to 3 different religions and speaking 10 different languages, 26 ethnics groups live in Istanbul in harmony.

Istanbul Maiden Tower

International Meetings in a Safe and Lively City
Istanbul is a metropolitan city with an advanced security planning and experience. The city has an astonishingly low record of crime according to Interpol statistics.

Easy to Access
Direct flights from 77 international cities by Turkish Airlines and 141 direct flights by different airways. Atatürk Airport’s International Terminal is the World’s gateway to Turkey. The terminal has a flexible design for expansion to accommodate 20 million passengers annually. Click here for details

Istanbul_Kucuksu Pavilion built by Sultan Abdulmecit

Competent Infrastructure
Along with the most sophisticated equipment required for international congresses, Istanbul enjoys state of the art telecommunication systems and broadcasting infrastructure.

Unique Venues for Events
Istanbul’s imperial past has left a legacy of magnificent palaces and mansions throughout the city. Some of these are available for banquets, cultural and other special events. A memorable evening would be a three-hour cruise on the Bosphorus with a five star catering.

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First Class Convention Facilities
Istanbul Conference and Exhibition Center (ICEC), Turkey’s largest congress center, is located in the main business district of the city. It has been recently built to meet the standards of the world’s most modern convention facilities. ICEC is in the center of a series of meeting and exhibition buildings all together forming the Conference Valley.

First Class Accommodation Facilities
Istanbul has more than 35,000 hotel rooms, 14,000 of them built during the last 10 years at international standards, designed to please even the most sophisticated guests. There are 6,500 five star hotel rooms. These well-located establishments are on a par with Europe’s top-class hotels, offering the ultimate service and quality. International hotel management chains manage the majority. The number of 4 star hotel rooms that are fully air-conditioned and standard required for international meetings reach 3,500.

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Entertainment
Istanbul is one of those metropolitans of the world that never sleeps. Thousands of restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs offer a vigorous variety of entertainment for all tastes.

Shoppers’ Paradise
Istanbul is the shoppers’ paradise for carpets, leather goods, gold bargains and fashion. 4,000 shops under one roof make the fascinating Covered Bazaar with an irresistible location for eager shoppers, while the modern shopping malls make life easier for those on a tight schedule.

Value for Money
Prices in Istanbul, whether for shopping, dining or accommodation, are internationally competitive and attractive for all congress participants regardless of their nationality.

Gateway to Enchanting Tours
Istanbul is an ideal starting point to explore the fascinating Turkish landscapes, blue waters of the Mediterranean and archaeological sites on a pre or post tour. Everything is only in an hour’s flight from Istanbul.

Weather
Istanbul, located in the region of transition between the Mediterranean and Black Sea climates, has hot and dry summers with pleasantly warm springs and falls. In summer the weather in Istanbul is hot and humid, the temperature between June and September averaging 82 °F (28°C). Summers are relatively dry, but rain does occur all year round. During winter it is cold, wet and often snowy. Snowfalls tend to be heavy, but temperatures rarely drop as low as freezing point. Istanbul also tends to be a windy city.

Istanbul Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rainfall (mm)

95

71

58

43

30

23

19

16

29

53

90

102

Rainfall (inches)

3.7

2.8

2.3

1.7

1.2

0.9

0.7

0.6

1.1

2.1

3.5

4.0

Min Temp (°C)

3

3

4

8

12

16

18

19

15

12

8

5

Max Temp (°C)

9

9

11

16

21

26

28

28

25

20

15

11

Min Temp (°F)

37

37

39

46

54

61

65

66

60

54

47

41

Max Temp (°F)

48

48

52

62

70

79

83

83

77

68

59

52

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