Istanbul – Size does mater
Cosmopolitan Istanbul has come back in full shine and has become one of the top global congress cities. Congress Bazaar of Istanbul offers everything that the heart of a meetings organiser could wish for, in addition to 7 convention centres, 3 fair grounds and almost 100,000 hotel rooms, and the excellently organised Convention Bureau of Istanbul.


The best places to meet, stay and incentivize in Istanbul:

Congress Valley in the city centre, which combines the Istanbul Congress Centre and Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, with the largest hall for 5,000 participants and 11 halls for sections. Around the valley there are 6,000 hotel rooms within walking distance.

Golden horn includes a slightly more intimate Hallic Congress Centre with a plenary hall for 3,008 participants and a number of smaller halls.

The Airport Area includes the Istanbul World Trade Centre and nearby hotels. The World Trade Centre has 11 halls, with a total area of over 162,000 m2. An integral part of the cluster are the Grand Cevahir Hotel & Convention Centre, Istanbul Expo Centre and the WOW Conference Centre.
Each cluster has in its surroundings enough hotel rooms to host mega-conferences with over 20,000 participants.

Also new is the huge Hilton Istanbul Bomonti hotel and convention center next to the 120-year old Bomonti brewery. The largest hall has a capacity of 3,200 guests, thrilling with its exceptional elegance and excellent technical equipment and more than 30 rooms for parallel sessions.

A view of the Bosphorus from the hotel room is a dream many visitors to Istanbul may have. Here are some of the best meeting hotels on the Bosphorus: W Hotel, Swissotel The Bosphorus, Conrad Istanbul, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, FourSeason Hotel Istanbul and Sumahan on the Water.


Tea time a la Turca
An obsession, an addiction, a daily routine, a ritual, a welcome gesture, a conversation starter, a break from work, a Turkish breakfast companion, a pastime favorite and what not. A memorable enjoyment of drinking tea is an unforgettable experience for your conference guests.

Whirling Mevlevi Dervishes
Another unique attraction to be found in Istanbul. The spiritual ideology and the life style of Dervishes have made a remarkable impact in Turkish music and folk traditions over centuries. Istanbul is a great city to get a glimpse of the Dervish culture and Turkish music in general

Istanbul meeting crossroads
Bringing together the East and the West, Istanbul has always been an exotic place in the crossroads of cultures. From palaces to cisterns, even Bosphorus mansions and historic venues in Istanbul are all available for your congresses, meetings, receptions, social gatherings, galas and events.

1001 Direk Cistern
Unusual gala dinner in the largest underground cistern in the world. In the Cistern, which has the capacity of 1.200 guests in sit-down dinner set up and 3.000 guests standing cocktail, you can also entertain small groups easily as well.


007 – Skyfall
Remember the film Skyfall, the third film of James Bond in Istanbul with the music of Adele? A film full of action as the previous series, with filming on the roof of the Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Eminönü up … Now it’s your mission! You only have one weekend to successfully transfer the secret disk before meeting James Bond. Remember the mission is secret agent 007.

Dragonboat on the Goldenhorn
This is a traditional event that is organized for three years between teams of major companies in Turkey. You will first do a bit of physical training and have the necessary training from professional coaches. Then you can begin to row yourself.

Treasure hunt in the Grand Bazaar
In this version of orienteering/treasure hunt game which is applied in Grand Bazaar (or in the old city) , there are two objectives: to develop team work and communication skills by inserting the group in a challenging environment and to provide that the group will visit and enjoy the basic historical places of the Grand Bazaar


Club scene at Bosphorus
A club with the most beautiful views of the Bosphorus, Reina, Sortie, Suad and Super club.

A special venue in the restored electrical central


Istanbul is not in any way missing a whole world of real treats, so to pick just one would be unfair. This time let’s expose the spices that make the food divine, with the easiest way to encounter them at the Grand Bazaar.

Lokum – Turkish Delight
Turkish delight must be the only sweet in the world that is so embedded in a country’s national identity. The royal confectioner to the Ottoman Sultan invented Turkish delight, or Lokum, more than 200 years ago. A gel of grain starch and sugar is boiled, and chopped nuts or fruit flavoring is added. As the gel sets, it gains a chewy consistency, and is chopped, dusted with powdered sugar, and sold by the kilo.

ICCA 2013:8 Worldwide / 146 meetings 7 Europe
Five star hotels:94 - including international and Turkish chains
International airports:2
Destinations flying Turkish Airlines:244 (202 international, 42 domestic)
Istanbul sunshine hours:2421 
METINGS STAR WINNER 2014Istanbul won Meeting Star Award 2014 in the category of the best meeting destination of the region by Kongres Magazine.
BEST TRAVEL DESTINATION by TRIP ADVISOR 2014Istanbul was named the top destination in Europe and the world, ahead of cities such as Rome, London, Paris and New York, in the sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards for Destinations by Trip Advisor.
TURKISH AIRLINES - BEST AIRLINE EUROPEIn 2013, Turkish Airlines has been named Best Airline Europe for third consecutive year by Skytrax. Skytrax also named Turkish Airlines as “Best Business Class Catering” for its service in 2013.


  • 8500 years of history, capital of 3 great empires.
  • One of the main air traffic hubs connecting more than 300 international airlines from Europe to Middle-East, Asia and Africa.
  • With almost 100.000 guestrooms, 94 five-star hotels including both international and Turkish chains, a variety of deluxe hotels situated in the Bosphorus shore and ancient peninsula, including suitable lofts near the central areas
  • İstanbul is an ideal city to hold congresses with 100 to 30,000 or more participants as the city is home to 7 convention centres and 3 exhibition centres each capable of hosting major events with thousands of delegates.
  • A wide range of unique venues from Ottoman Palace’s to cisterns, from modern facilities to mansions on Bosphorus shores.
  • One of the most prestigious capitals of the ancient and modern world, Istanbul owns both religious and cultural phenomena of centuries as it is the only city that has marked the ending of an era in history.
  • İstanbul is the ultimate dining, shopping, music and entertainment capital of Turkey.

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A long-time meetings industry addict, Gorazd is the Founder and owner of marketing and event agency Toleranca Marketing. He has many years of experience in planning, preparing and carrying out large international meetings and exhibitions. As the founder of the "Power to the Meetings" methodology, he still firmly believes in the power of live events and human to human communication. He is also the author of numerous articles and editor-in-chief of the meetings industry magazine Kongres Magazine.