Leading Congress Destination
Istanbul first broke into the world’s “Top 10 Congress Destinations” in 2010, hosting 109 congresses according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). Istanbul has solidified its place in World's Leading Congress Destination.
As the city is home to 7 purpose-built convention centres and 3 exhibition centres Istanbul has the capacity to host any type of event – from incentives to up to 30.000 participants association meetings.
As a strong verification to its prestigious ranking Istanbul hosted conferences in recent years that received praise from all sides. Some of the main congresses are; World Dental Congress FDI, with 15,000, International Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology EADV hosting 8.100 delegates, 23rd World Energy Congress -WEC- with 10.000, 22th World Petroleum Congress -WPC- with 5.000, WFNS World Neurosurgery Congress with 8.000.
8000 delegates got compliments within the international community. Again, Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) with 4.000, 7th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care with 2.000, EFNS-ENS Joint Congress of Neurology with 5.000, 9th World Stroke Congress WCS with 2.500, IFCC WorldLab - 22nd Int. Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine ICCCLM with 6.000 guests also can be counted within the prestigious meetings that Istanbul hosted.
With almost 112,000 bed capacity and over 222 five and four star hotels, Istanbul offers a variety of options, including top international and domestic hotel brands, at a variety of price points. Istanbul offers four separate but integratable meeting and exhibition clusters in the Airport District, the Congress Valley, the Golden Horn and Asian side, augmented by new centers being constructed on Asian Side, and existing centers being updated and expanded. Combined with unique incentives afforded by Istanbul’s historic venues, palaces, cisterns and more, Istanbul presents meeting planners with a variety of remarkable options to create truly outstanding events. Not all cities in the world are blessed with a unique venue selection from the 4th century as well as sanctuaries from all three major religions. Another factor in Istanbul’s success as a congress destination is its easy access from anywhere in the world. Turkish Airlines, a member of the Star Alliance, offers more than 300 direct destination flights between Istanbul and five continents, meaning that two billion people live within six hours’ flying time of Istanbul. With two airports, one on the Asian side of the city “Sabiha Gökçen International Airport” and “Atatürk International Airport” on the European side. The 3rd airport under construction, Istanbul Grand Airport will provide a capacity of 150 million passengers; the world’s largest in terms of the passenger volume expected to be complete by 2018.