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After a year as a General Manager of Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB), Ms. Ozbuk is leaving her position, whereas she continues her position at Istanbul Shopping Fest.

A Geophysical Engineering graduate, who than took her masters’ degree in both Contemporary Management Techniques from Marmara University and European Integration from the Middle East Technical University (METU).

From 1995 she held management positions in different sectors such as textile-fashion, pharmaceutical, logistics and tourism in her home country and abroad (New York and Tashkent), where she got various experiences that she successfully combined working in ICVB.

In 2017 Ms.Ozbuk was also named as a chairperson of ICCA Mediteranean Chapter for 2 years term, where she worked with the other chairmen with a goal to create a better atmosphere for networking and business exchange environment.

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An exclusive interview with Hicran Özbük, General Manager of Istanbul CVB

Q: Why should meeting planners consider Istanbul?
Istanbul is one of the most visited places on the planet, where West meets East and modern meets traditional, bringing together cultures and people from all over the world. It’s a metropolis with 8,500 years of rich history. The beauty of the city, its exciting metropolitan way of life, and its modern infrastructure make it a unique meeting place for businesses. Istanbul is the ideal meeting destination with its vibrancy, modernity, diversity, and enviable geographical position.

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An exclusive interview with Hicran Özbük, General Manager of Istanbul CVB

Q: Does your city have any strategic subvention plan for conferences?
Clearly, subvention requests from international associations have been on the increase recently. As one of the leading congress destination, we are working strategically on the future subvention packages for attracting more congresses and conferences, especially those connected to international associations. The important point is to make the local bodies involved in the subvention planning process as the competition from new and emerging meeting destinations, as well as from existing key competitors, is increasing enormously. Our support strategy is not financial, although we offer other forms of incentives to international associations. We believe that being proactive and creative, and also expressing a great interest to win more international conferences and meetings, are the most significant points.

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