Leading Congress Destination
İstanbul first broke into the world’s “Top 10 Congress Destinations” in 2010, hosting 109 congresses according to the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). İstanbul has solidified its place in “The World’s Top 10 Congress Destination”in 2015, hosting 148 congresses.
As the city is home to 7 purpose-built convention centres and 3 exhibition centres İstanbul 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 İstanbul 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 8100 delegates and European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association ERA-EDTA hosting again
8000 delegates got compliments within the international community. Again, Conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) with 4000, 7th World Congress on Pediatric Critical Care with 2000, EFNS-ENS Joint Congress of Neurology with 5000, 9th World Stroke Congress WCS with 2500, IFCC WorldLab - 22nd Int. Congress of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine ICCCLM with 6000 guests also can be counted within the prestigious meetings that İstanbul hosted.
With almost 103,000 bed capacity and over 208 five and four star hotels, İstanbul offers a variety of options, including top international and domestic hotel brands, at a variety of price points. İstanbul 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 İstanbul’s historic venues, palaces, cisterns and more, İstanbul 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 İstanbul’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 290 direct destination flights between İstanbul and five continents, meaning that two billion people live within six hours’ flying time of İstanbul. 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, İstanbul 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.