The magazine says, "Even if the 2014 meetings and events outlook is sizing up to be relatively flat in North America, organizations and businesses such as the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Union of International Associations (UIA), IMEX and Carlson Wagonlit Travel foresee global growth, especially in the Asia Pacific.
Smart Meetings Magazine included Istanbul among the Top 15 which also includes, Beijing, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, Vancouver, and Vienna.
Elif Balcı Fisunoglu, lstanbul Convention Visitors Bureau General Manager said, “Our mission is to continue communicating to meeting planners that Istanbul offers unrivalled flexibility and the confidence of knowing that all facilities are new and technologically up to date. We remain committed to achieving our objective of a Top 5 ranking in the next three to five years. One of the most visited metropolises of the world, Istanbul offers a vibrant cultural life and world-class accommodations”.