Istanbul as a Destination
The eye gazes sleepily across the seductive blue sweep of these Bosporus: One country - two continents. As diverse as night and day, the only thing they have in common is the miraculous mirage that is Istanbul - a skyline of sensually shaped mosques and minarets scattered across seven hills. .Istanbul is rapidly becoming one of the most popular international congress and exhibition destinations as a result of the increasing demand for suitable facilities. Istanbul is a city competing professionally to fulfill the demands. 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. Guaranteed to make your meeting, conference or incentive a memorable success, Istanbul is the gateway to the rest of Turkey - definitely a paradise preserved.
A City of Harmony in a Country of Variety
The cultural diversity of Istanbul defies exaggeration. A Roman city converted to Christianity, it was also the seat of the Islamic the 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 1930’s. Belonging to 3 different religions and speaking 10 different languages, 26 ethnics groups live in Istanbul in harmony.
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. General security is common in public places such as shopping centres and hotels and visitors should be prepared for security and/or identity checks at such places.
Istanbul is one of those metropoles of the world that never sleeps. Thousands of restaurants, bars, discos and nightclubs offer a variety of entertainment for all tastes.