EMITT 2017, the 21st East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition, is the largest event of its kind in Turkey. [Read more…]
News of terrorist attacks, geopolitical unrest and the ongoing crisis over refugees have hit the Turkey tourism industry hard. According to recent reports from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Brits traveling to Turkey nd other crisis hit vacation destinations have plummeted. Figures from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), coincide in forecasting a horrendous summer season for Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and other formerly popular destinations.
Added to these “crisis” variables, the crash of the Egypt Air airliner headed to Cairo last Thursday has stoked evern greater fears of instability among travelers. Since the so-called “Arab Spring” set ablaze nations from North Africa to the Middle East, travelers from the UK in particular have been on a steady decline. According to the WTTC, Turkey saw visits by British nationals drop by 21% between 2011 and 2013. But since then, the deterioration in between Turkey, Syria, and Russia over the Syrian civil war has seen these numbers fall even more sharply.
With the refugee crisis in full bloom, and with almost universal international disapproval of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s policies, most experts concur that Turkey travel has nothing but bad news ahead. Meanwhile, Turkey’s losses in tourism revenues have been Greece, Spain, and Portugal’s gain. Bulgaria and other seaside getaway destinations also factor in, in providing the stability Turkey and others submerged in crisis cannot.
Finally, news An EU plan to extend visa-free travel privileges to Turkey as of July 1 will be delayed, is no good news for Turkish tour operators. Negotiations in between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey’s Erdogan having stalled where Turkey’s Kurdish crisis is concerned.
The European Commission is going to allow visa-free travel for Turkish citizens inside Europe’s passport-free Schengen zone, according to reports. As part of the deal offered Turkey for taking back migrants who crossed into Greece, Turkey is to get a free visa-ride if the country meets EU criteria.
In what some are calling a kind of “blackmail”, the EU is in a pinch to mitigate the massive numbers of refugees flowing into Europe from Syria and other parts of the Middle East. EU fears Turkey would not stem the flow prompted Brussels lawmakers to consider special accommodations for Turkey. The new visa waver will trash the current three month requirement for short stays for tourists and business people, and allow free travel to and from.
Turkey had threatened to stop taking back migrants from Greece if the EU fails to deliver on this visa liberalisation accommodation. A Turkish official, quoted by Reuters news agency, said a visa deal with the EU would also mean Turkey scrapping its visa requirement for Greek Cypriots as well.
Approval from the EU is expected to come on Wednesday, according to sources in Brussels. The news also tells of Ankara still falling short on its end of the deal where political and technical requirements are concerned.
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed last week the situation with regard to Russian tourists once again visiting Egyptian and Turkish resorts. Mr. Putin spoke in an annual Q&A session before the Russian people, saying no good solution has been found for ensuring security of Russian tourists in Egypt.
During the televised question and answer session officially known as “The Direct Line with Vladimir Putin,” the Russian leader expressed the urgency of finding a way of checking passengers, luggage and food onboard jointly with the country’s authorities to ensure security of Russians. Mr. Putin continued:
“No such scheme in the work with Egyptian colleagues has been found so far but our special services and law enforcement bodies are working with Egyptian friends on this issue.”
Furthermore, a similar situation exists where tourists from Russia visiting Turkey is concerned. Mr. Putin also expressed doubts as to whether or not Turkish authorities will be able to ensure tourists’ safety. He went on to express doubts as to the simple ability to ensure visitor’s safety:
“I am more than confident that the Turkish leadership will seek to ensure the safety of tourists, including ours, since this is a significant source of the Turkish budget revenue. However, whether they will be able to do that [ensure safety] is a big question.”
The ongoing crises in the Middle East, especially the downing of Russian civilian and military aircraft, has played a central roll in essentially destroying Russia-Egypt-Turkey tourism routes. The downing of an SU 24 fighter bomber over Syria, by Turkey’s Air Force set the stage for current Russia-Turkish tensions. And the terrorist attack on a Russian airliner flying over the Sinai desert killing all on board sealed shut Red Sea tourism from Russia.
Bad Prognosis for Turkey Tourism
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said on Tuesday that the U.S. government has authorized the ordered departure of Defense Department dependents from Turkey, including those at Incirlik Air Base. [Read more…]
Since 2013, the dotcomhotel conferences have visited European capitals to offer industry networking and expert talks/workshops to industry decision makers. This year, for the first time, the conference organizers have created an event for Antalya, Turkey.
Scheduled for May 9th-10th 2016 at the award winning Akra Barut Hotel, this Turkish meetup promises to be a bit unique compared to past events. According to Tomasz Janczak, who is the co-founder of dotcomhotel, as well as the E-Commerce Director at Plateno Germany, the Turkish installment will begin to focus more on the Chinese market for inbound and outbound tourism.
With the mission of this Turkish dotcomhotel Hospitality E-Commerce & Revenue Management Conference will be to show local independent hoteliers how to manage marketing strategies effectively, provide hands-on workshops led by key industry experts, and to create a learning and exchange catalyst with a further focus on gaining new customers. Aside the typical talks and presentations, independent Turkish hoteliers will interact with experts to glean the same strategies and intelligences big chains benefit from.
The speaker/sponsor lineup for the May conference is still in the making, but so far the speakers include some of the industry’s most experienced revenue and strategy experts including: Michael Kessler, VP of Global Sales at ReviewPro; Murat Gencer, CEO & Founder of Webius Digital Marketing Solutions; Jakub Klimczak, Business Development Manager at STR Global; and Daniel Zelling, CEO & Founder of opensmjle.
For more information, or to sign up for sponsorships or passes, please visit the dotcomhotel link above, or contact the organizers directly phone: +49 152 385 380 85 or Email: email@example.com
2014’s WTM efforts will spotlight Istanbul, recently named top destination in the world by Tripadvisor, as well as Turkey’s diverse MICE offerings. Also sharing the spotlight, the historic destinations of the city of Bursa & its village of Cumalikizik and Pergamon in the city of Izmir are to garnish an otherwise extraodinary WTM presentation by Turkey this year.
FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading hotel management company for luxury hotel brand Raffles Hotels & Resorts, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts, has announced the development of seven new hotels in the MEAI. According to the news, the group unveiled their plans at the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) as key for FRHI’s goal of doubling its regional footprint by 2020.
FRHI has 19 existing hotels in the MEAI region, so the developments in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and in Nigeria represent as substantial growth move for the chain. Michael Glennie, FRHI’s president & chief operating officer, offered this via their news:
“Our newly announced projects represent significant growth for FRHI and support our global expansion strategy of growing by 50 per cent over the next five years. Increasing the footprint of our leading hotel brands, as well as the continued expansion of our residential business across the MEAI region is critical to our success. We look forward to successfully opening these new hotels and to exploring future development opportunities throughout the region.”
Hotel group Raffles will open the first property in Istanbul on September 1 at cutting edge Zorlu Center overlooking the Bosphorus. Raffles Istanbul features 132 guestrooms and 49 suites in a blend of Turkish and contemporary architecture and design. This preview from Raffles gives a preview of the sort of hospitality this Raffles aspect of this hotel group offers worldwide.
For more information about all these new hotels please visit the link above. Alternatively, readers may contact FRHI via:
Director, Public Relations
FRHI Hotels & Resorts
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In a first for Istanbul and Turkey, the Pera Museum is hosting the country’s first ever exhibition dedicated to graffiti. The aptly named “Language of the Wall” runs until 5 October, and features the works of some 20 artists from the US, France, Germany, Japan and Turkey.
The show, which features prominent early artists like Futura and Cope2, also includes photography by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant. Curator of the museum, Roxane Ayral, offered this comment at a press conference:
“We have had a very intense [approximately] 10-day period; everybody shared something with each other. People had interaction with the walls and with each other. We experienced similar feelings with the originators of this art which started in the 1970s in New York to maintain peace.”
The exhibit includes works by; Futura, Carlos Mare, Cope 2, Turbo, Wyne, JonOne, Tilt, Mist, Psyckoze, Craig Costello (aka KR), Herakut, Logan Hicks, C215, Suiko, Evol, Gaia, Tabone, Funk and No More Lies, along with selected photographs from the archive of leading artists Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant and Hugh Holland.
The Aegean town of Alacati manages to effortlessly combine traditional Turkish hospitality with stylish boutique hotels, high-end fashion, independent art galleries and lively beach clubs. Popular for its boutique hotels with bijou pools and great food, there are also a myriad of new designer-led shops and unique artworks blossoming in Alacati.
Alacati is increasingly referred to as the coolest coastal town in Turkey, and for very good reasons. Its boutiques to browse for the latest Turkish fashion designer creations as well as antiques and local olive oil include Yastik by Rifak Ozbek, Madame Coco, Sakula, Camgeran, Bazen, Zeytin vs and Eskiden. While Alacati’s Millfest Fashion and Arts Festival to be held on 4-9 July this year promises the participation of at least 30 young and emerging fashion designers showcasing and selling their creations.
Alacati’s characterful village ambience andthe preservation of its historical feel have long attracted both resident artists and those who visit for inspiration. Thus there are a number of galleries with paintings, sculptures and ceramics to explore and exhibitions to look out for, including Art Shop, Artura Gallery, Chremine Vidori, Kirmizi Ardic Kusu Gallery, Peri Gallery and Serap Yurdaer among others.
In line with its well-earned reputation for being cool and sophisticated, Alacati has trendy beach clubs to relax at during the day, including Sole Mare, Babylon Cesme and Paparazzi, and beach parties for the sultry evenings – at any of which Turkish celebrities can be seen soaking up the vibrant atmosphere.
From stylish boutiques to top-notch cuisine, for those who love everything high-end; Alacati is the latest news.
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Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism has recently launched a brand-new tourism branding and advertising campaign under the banner ‘Home Of’. With the unchanging main byline ‘Home of….’, the second part of the byline uses variable text to convey Turkey as the starting point for many distinguished sites, historical events and unique features, including ‘Home Of History’ and ‘Home Of Adventure’ among many others.
The concept behind the campaign is that wherever one is from, Turkey is Home. Home to civilisations, Troy, two continents, the home of history, the home of tradition, the home of turquoise (seas), the home of adventure; the list is endless… Turkey is that place many have been looking for. Whatever one’s interests or pleasures, from the turquoise blue waters of the Aegean to the powdery mountains of Palandoken to the beaches of Antalya to the fairy chimney landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey waits to be discovered and rediscovered through the ‘Home Of’ campaign.
Sporting the hashtag #HomeOf, the campaign is represented on all facets of social media (facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest and youtube) as well as being supported by mobile applications and other online presences.
Four world-renowned photographers have been involved with the ‘Home Of’ campaign, shooting at various locations around Turkey for the campaign. The photographers are American documentary photographer Steve McCurry, known for his ‘Afghan Girl’ photo on the cover of the National Geographic, the leading name of advertising photography, Mark Edward Harris, art ambassador and successful photojournalist Hazel Thompson, and photographer of rock stars, Robert M. Knight.
Irfan Onal, Director of Promotion for Turkey’s Ministry of Culture & Tourism, says “Turkey’s ongoing ‘Home Of’ campaign enables us to give a universal message about Turkey and its attractions, whether they are specific sites, cultural values or shared traditions. In this way we are raising awareness of the country’s diversity and heightening its international profile while attracting new and previous visitors to Turkey time and time again.”
Explore the ‘Home Of’ campaign fully viawww.hometurkey.com