As the largest city in Turkey with a rich history and varied culture, Istanbul is a great destination for travellers.
Istanbul is also home to a range of impressive conference venues and expo centres, and enjoys a year round calendar of international business events.
Istanbul is a city with a unique history, and was the centre of the Byzantine and then Ottoman empires. It is the only city in the world to span two continents, Europe and Asia.
Over 2,500,000 British nationals visit Turkey every year, with many heading to Istanbul. The city has 2 international airports as well as well-connected bus and train stations.
The Radisson Blu Conference & Airport Hotel, Istanbul makes a perfect base for anyone on a business trip to Istanbul. With restaurants serving Turkish, Mediterranean and international dishes, a deluxe fitness centre, traditional Turkish hammam and massage services, our Istanbul hotel is a great place to relax after meetings.
The Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre, located in the centre of Istanbul, has 19 halls designed to accommodate conferences, concerts and fairs. ICEC has recently hosted such events as the Istanbul Wedding Fair, Marketing Summit 2013 and a range of concerts.
The World Trade Centre (WTC) Istanbul Business Center was built in 1999 and is considered a business centre of Turkey. The WTC Istanbul Business Center houses over 340 businesses and many shops. Around 100 trade fairs are held every year at Istanbul Fair Centre (İstanbul Fuar Merkezi /İFM), which is run by WTC Istanbul and has the largest exhibition grounds in Turkey.
Istanbul’s CNR Expo Centre hosts a variety of conferences and trade fairs throughout the year. Upcoming events include the 7th International Electricity, Lighting and Installation Fair ‘LightTech 2014’ in March, Airplus Instanbul Aviation Technologies and Equipment Fair in June and CNR Packaging Fair in September.
To the west of the city is Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center, another large home for international trade fairs in Istanbul. Here visitors can find shows such as the İstanbul Food and Beverage Fair in February, Kitchen World 2014 in March, and International İstanbul Laboratory Technology System and Equipment Fair in April 2014.
What To Do
Visit the sprawling Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, known as the Blue Mosque. The landmark architecture of the mosque makes this a very popular Istanbul attraction. Inside, the Blue Mosque is filled with stunning domes, decorative tiles, and beautiful stained glass windows. While at the mosque, visit nearby Byzantine Hippodrome, which was the sporting and social centre of Byzantium for 1,000 years and Ottoman life for another 400 years
The Basilica Cistern is a spectacular underground attraction built nearly 1,500 years ago. While the cistern would once have stored water, it is now home to a beautiful display of lights and music. Visitors to the Basilica Cistern can stroll around hundreds of columns which support the ceiling, some of which have clearly been used for different purposes in the past. Look out for the head of Medusa among the columns in this atmospheric Istanbul attraction.
The Istanbul Modern Museum shows modern and contemporary art exhibitions over 2 main exhibition halls. A permanent collection from the museum is displayed on the upper floor, while temporary exhibitions can be seen in a temporary exhibition hall, photography gallery, and pop-up exhibition areas. The museum is open daily except Monday, and located on the pier behind the Nusretiye Mosque.
No trip to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to Hagia Sophia, a popular Istanbul attraction with a fascinating history. This current structure was built from 532, and used as a church for over 900 years. Following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was used as a Mosque for nearly 500 years. It was finally converted into a museum in 1935, and is a great place to discover Istanbul culture. Inside, marvel at Hagia Sophia’s Dome, the intricate mosaics, and the great calligraphic panes. Take time to explore the beautiful sultan tombs and spectacular fountains outside Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is open every day except Mondays.
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