What’s New in Istanbul: Upcoming Worldwide Events and Istanbul CVB’s First Official Online Guide of Istanbul
ICVB is now a one-stop guide for all things in Istanbul…
The Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau (ICVB), which has been promoting Istanbul as a host city for conferences since 1997, will now be introducing the city’s touristic and cultural riches to the world via www.howtoistanbul.com.
First launched in November 2013, the website will benefit from ICVB’s knowledge and expertise of Istanbul to provide up-to-date information on the city online. The website www.howtoistanbul.com, which has had more 1 million visitors to date, will be available in German, Russian and Arabic (as well as the current English and Turkish), and as a mobile application and will also include downloadable maps and more. Extensive social media campaigns around the world is planned to introduce this brilliant new resource on Istanbul.
The sections that can be browsed include Istanbul Guide, Things To Do, Istanbul Essentials, Book Istanbul, Social Istanbul and Taste Istanbul with up-to-date information on forthcoming events as well as flights. Flight tickets as well as such items as the Museum Pass and Istanbul Card, enhancing any visit to the city, can be purchased via the site.
Upcoming Worldwide Events in Istanbul during the next 4 years
As the World’s one of the most popular convention destination, Istanbul hosts many serious events and congresses each year.
“17th World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD)” between 28th July and 1st August of 2015 with 7,000 participants.
“15th International Cereal and Bread Congress (15th ICBC)” between 17th – 21st April, 2016. 15th ICBC is expected to accommodate about 1,000 delegates from around 60 countries.
“22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC)” with 5,500 participants.
“The International Federation of Surveyors Congress (FIG 2018)” will take in place in Istanbul as a result of joint efforts of Turkish Chamber of Survey and Cadastre Engineers (CSCE) and Istanbul CVB and will attract up to 2,000 – 2,500 delegates from all over the world.
City of Istanbul
Istanbul, which is uniquely spanning the two continents of Europe and Asia, is a city that calmly reconciles the traditional with the modern. Istanbul is one of the most visited places, a central hub connecting East and West. In the city there are 2 intercontinental bridges, 2 airports, 4 historical bazaars, 5 imperial palaces, 98 museums, 200 modern shopping malls, and it is also the capital of 3 empires, Roman, Byzantium and Ottoman. As a leading congress destination, Istanbul is one of the top 10 congress destinations in the world and is home to 7 convention, 3 exhibition centres and almost 100,000 total guestrooms at 114 five-star hotels.
Furthermore, a handful of megaprojects have sprouted up in and around Istanbul; Marmaray, Istanbul’s trans-Bosphorus rail link, opened to passengers last year. Istanbul-Ankara High Speed Railway Project is now finished.
Here are the other megaprojects under construction in Istanbul:
The Eurasia Tube Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project), whose foundations were cast in 2011, will connect the Asian and European sides via a highway tunnel going underneath the seabed and 1 km south of Marmaray Rail link.
Istanbul Grand Airport which consists of a total of 6 runways, 16 taxiways, 4 terminals connected with a railway system, 165 aircraft passenger bridges at all terminals, 6.5 million m2 apron with 500 aircraft parking capacity, 3 maintenance building, 8 air traffic control towers, a car park with a capacity of about 70,000 vehicles, a clinic, a fire department, hotels, a convention center, and recycling and waste disposal plants, is now being constructed at the Istanbul’s Northwestern side on an area of 7,659 hectares. The airport will provide a capacity of 150 million passengers; the world’s largest in terms of the passenger volume. It is expected to be completed in 2018.
Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (The third bridge along the Bosphorus) is part of the projected 260km long “Northern Marmara Motorway”, which will bypass urban areas of Istanbul in the North connecting Silivri district in the West and Hendek area in the East. When it completed in 2015, whose budgeted cost of construction is approx. US$2.5 billion, will be the longest combined motorway/railway bridge of the world and world’s 9th longest suspension bridge. Furthermore it will be a connection to Grand Airport.