Incentive Destinations: Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul When companies worldwide locations need to bring their teams together, Istanbul is easily accessible from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East. Istanbul, the world's only city that occupies 2 continents, has a rich history reflecting Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences.

Istanbul has 5 royal palaces, 4 ancient bazaars, and 70 public and private museums. Major tourist attractions include Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Aya Sofya, a Byzantine masterpiece dating back to the 6th century, and the Hippodrome, the site of chariot races during the Byzantine era. To explore Is rich cultural heritage, visit Istanbul Archaeological Museums's 3 venues. MUZE Museum Pass Istanbul gives visitors "front of the line" access to 9 museums and cultural attractions for 72 hours.

ARMAGGAN's 2 luxury stores offer upscale textiles, jewellery, art, and handcrafted treasures by traditional Anatolian artisans and ateliers. With a capacity of 30, ARMAGGAN's NAR Restaurant showcases centuries-old Anatolian cuisine.

Luxury hotels include Ottoman Palace Taksim Square Hotel, Jumeirah Pera Palace, Ritz Carlton Istanbul, and ARMAGGAN's exclusive designer boutique hotel with 15 suites. There are conference facilities in 3 conference districts: Airport & Exhibition District, the Business & Finance District and the Conference Valley.

Virgin Media has selected Istanbul for its 2014 incentive trip. Plans are under way to hold the Schulich School of Business CONNECT Alumni forum in Istanbul. Major events coming up in Istanbul in 2014 include the MPI European Meetings and Events Conference 2014 in February and GALA 2014 Istanbul by the Globalization and Localization Association.

Getting to Istanbul is easy. For example, Turkish Airlines currently flies from New York to Istanbul 3 times daily and Toronto to Istanbul 5 times a week. In fact, Turkish Airlines, a Star Alliance Member, is largest network carrier in the world, currently flying to over 103 countries and 195 international airports worldwide.

For help in planning your meeting, consult the Cvent Istanbul Meeting Planning Guide.

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