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12/07/2018

Turkey has a new Tourism Minister

Turkey has officially switched to an executive presidency after President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the oath of office yesterday and announced the first cabinet under new presidential system.  Founder of Etstur Mehmet Ersoy becomes the new Tourism Minister of Turkey. Born in Istanbul in 1968, Mehmet Ersoy, graduated from Istanbul German High School in 1987 and then...

05/07/2018

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Side Event) - Tourism & Construction: Circular Economy Solutions for SDG12

High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (Side Event) - Tourism & Construction: Circular Economy Solutions for SDG12 On the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum and the in-depth review of SDG 12, the Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Buildings and Construction programmes of the One Planet Network, together with UN Environment, as well as the governments of Bhutan, Botswana,...

02/07/2018

Just inscribed as UNESCO WorldHeritage Site: Göbekli Tepe, Turkey

The World Heritage Committee, meeting in Manama since 24 June under the chair of Shaikha Haya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain, inscribed two cultural sites in Germany and Turkey as well as two mixed (i.e. both cultural and natural) sites in Canada and Colombia, on the World Heritage List this afternoon. The inscription of sites will continue on 2 July. The new World Heritage sites, in order of inscription,...

28/06/2018

International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018

International Tourism exceeds expectations in the first months of 2018 Madrid, Spain, 26 June 2018 - International tourist arrivals grew 6% in the first four months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, not only continuing the strong 2017 trend, but exceeding UNWTO’s forecast for 2018. Growth was led by Asia and the Pacific (+8%) and Europe (+7%). Africa...

22/06/2018

Tourism – an economic and social phenomenon

Tourism – an economic and social phenomenon Over the decades, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening ‎diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. ‎Modern tourism is closely linked to development and encompasses a growing number ‎of new destinations. These dynamics have turned tourism into a key driver for socio-‎economic...

21/06/2018

UNWTO Annual Report 2017

2017 was the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, a global recognition of tourism’s transformative contribution to the development agenda. Download the 2017 UNWTO Annual Report to learn more about the flagship events and activities held by UNWTO in the framework of the International Year, served to raise awareness worldwide of the sector’s potential to lead economic growth, social inclusion and cultural...

20/06/2018

Turkish LLC Pegasus launches flights to Muscat and Dammam

Turkish LLC Pegasus launches flights to Muscat and Dammam  Turkish low-cost-carrier Pegasus Airlines is adding Oman’s capital Muscat and Saudi Arabia’s business hub Dammam to its flight network, to open up new markets in the Arabian Gulf to business and leisure travellers. Three times weekly flights will be launching on 3rd July 2018 between London...

11/06/2018

Pegasus Airlines launches non-stop Izmir - Kyiv flights

Turkey’s low-cost carrier Pegasus Airlines is launching direct non-stop flights from Turkey's Aegean city of Izmir to the Ukrainian capital city of Kyiv (Kiev).  Turkish carrier's first flight is on July 9, 2018. Pegasus Airlines will connect Izmir's Adnan Menderes Aiport (ADB) with Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany) (IATA: IEV). Ukrainian...

04/06/2018

HOTREC European Hotel Distribution Study Results for the Reference Year 2017

HOTREC European Hotel Distribution Study Results for the Reference Year 2017 This years’ distribution study of HOTREC shows, that between 2013 and 2017 the dependency of hotels on Online Travel Agencies (OTA)was rising and the share of direct bookings was declining. Please find attached the final results of this year’s European hotel distribution...

31/05/2018

Turkey’s Global Ports to operate and invest Havana’s cruise port

Turkey’s Global Ports Holding (GPH) has signed a 15-year management agreement with the Cuban company Aries S.A. for the operation of the cruise port in Havana, Cuba. Under the terms of the Agreement, the Group will from 21st June 2018, use its global expertise and operating model to manage all of the cruise port operations over the life of the Agreement. As consideration, the Group will be paid a management fee...

23/05/2018

The 16th Istanbul Biennial in 2019 to be curated by Nicolas Bourriaud

The 16th Istanbul Biennial in 2019 to be curated by Nicolas Bourriaud Nicolas BourriaudThe 16th Istanbul Biennial, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, will take place between 14 September and 10 November 2019. The 16th edition of the Biennial will be curated by French curator, art scholar and writer Nicolas Bourriaud.

23/05/2018

Jet2.com to fly from Glasgow to Izmir, Turkey

Jet2.com to fly from Glasgow to Izmir, Turkey Jet2.com and Jet2holidays have announced further details of its Summer 19 programme, with the launch of two new destinations for the airline from Glasgow Airport - Bourgas (Bulgaria) and Izmir (Turkey). The announcement follows the recent launch of new routes to Kos and Naples and means a total of 33 destinations on sale...

23/05/2018

Hyatt opens a new hotel in Istanbul's upscale neighborhood

Hyatt opens a new hotel in Istanbul's upscale neighborhood  Hyatt Hotels announced today the opening of Nish Palas Istanbul as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt. The 45-room boutique hotel is located in Nişantaşı, one of Istanbul’s oldest and upscale neighborhoods, and will mark the entry into Turkey for The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand. The...

09/05/2018

Why Turkey Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination

Why Turkey Should Be Your Next Holiday Destination Whether flying solo or bringing the kids along for the ride, picking out the perfect holiday destination can leave most scratching their heads with pure indecisiveness. Should you opt for somewhere filled with sunshine? What if you get bored? Should you opt for somewhere with more to do? Well, what about opting for the best of both worlds?

30/04/2018

Dubai based Central Hotels enters into Turkey

Dubai based Central Hotels enters into Turkey First Central Hotel Suites logoDubai-based, Central Hotels has announced its entry into Turkey with the signing of a strategic agreement with Green Valley Real Estate to manage the company’s hotels in the country. As part of the understanding, Central Hotels will operate the properties under a new brand ‘Valley Central Suites’.