Elif Balci Fisunoglu has been handed Turkish exhibition ACE of M.I.C.E’s Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her contributions to the growth of the international meetings industry.
Fisunoglu is ICCA Regional Director Europe and received the award in Istanbul on 4 April at the exhibition’s seventh annual awards.
Under her leadership, ICCA Europe has experienced fast-paced growth, welcoming 53 new and re-instated members since Fisunoglu took the helm.
Before joining ICCA, Fisunoglu spent 15 years with the Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau, where she held senior sales and marketing positions before serving for over three years as General Manager.
ICCA currently has an active community of 32 Turkish member-suppliers, which has grown steadily as the meetings industry continues to be regarded with major importance in the country. Antalya hosted the ICCA Mediterranean Chapter Summit, 17-19 February.
Fisunoglu said of her recognition: “I am honoured to have been considered for the Outstanding Service Award for my role at ICCA. It is a great honour and privilege…Thank you to our Turkish colleagues and to ACE of M.I.C.E. for this amazing recognition!”
The 7th ACE of M.I.C.E Meetings and Events Awards took place at the Istanbul Lutfi Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Center in Istanbul, Turkey on 3 April 2019.
Photo, R-L: Mr Egemen Bagis, former Turkish Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator; ICCA European Director Elif Balci Fisunogl;, Volkan Ataman, President of Tourism Medya Group, and the two MCs of the Award Ceremony