Istanbul is currently hosting ICCA’s CEO Martin Sirk, European regional director David Bodor, and board member Marta Gomes, while showing their support of ICCA’s global community during the ‘ACE of MICE by Turkish Airlines’ tradeshow.
Sirk stated that over the last 20 years Istanbul has established itself as a ‘premier league’ player in the international association meetings market, and the rest of Turkey developed a strong country-wide infrastructure and professional capacity on the back of that pioneering work, with Turkish Airlines adding to the mix with its ambitious, global network.
Turkey and Istanbul have acted as an invaluable bridge between East and West, Europe and the Middle East, between cultures and peoples. The challenges currently facing Turkey can blind us to this vital role that the country can play in our global industry, and we hope to identify some practical solutions and ideas that will help our members re-establish long-term growth and development in Turkey’s meetings industry.
Regarding ICCA’s full support, Istanbul CVB’s general manager Hicran Ozbuk added: ‘‘We are extremely pleased to have the full support of the ICCA. Istanbul has a breath-taking history, having been the capital of no less than three different empires, and has been a mercantile trade centre for many centuries.”