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News from Turkey

Middle East and Turkish Airlines announce codeshare agreement

mea thy codeshareMiddle East Airlines (ME) and Turkish Airlines (TK) signed today a codeshare agreement. The agreement will be effective as of May 15th, covering routes between Turkey and Lebanon, and expanding the travel opportunities for the passengers of both airlines.

Turkey drops a place in Muslim Travel Market

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Turkey's tourism industry continues to suffer in 2017. Most recently we published that Turkish tourism revenue and arrivals continue to drop in first quarter of 2017. Addition to those, Turkey has also dropped one spot to fourth as the top performing destination in the global Muslim travel market.

Contemporary Istanbul hosted a cocktail reception in Delhi

CI reception DelhiContemporary Istanbul hosted a cocktail reception at the residence of Ambassador of Turkey in Delhi, HE Şakir Torunlar with initiative of Abhishek Basu, CI Ambassador for Delhi and brought together several key figures from the international art scene.

Istanbul hosts World Cities Expo Istanbul 2017

world cities expo istanbul2017World Cities Expo Istanbul 2017, organized by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IBB), is going to take place on May 15th to 18th at Haliç Congress Center Istanbul. As cities become "smart cities" in the 21st century, World Cities Expo Istanbul will bring ideas and experts at the forefront of this transformation together in Istanbul. However today, IBB announced the withdrawal of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’s invitation for the event, following Turkey's telecommunications watchdog banned access to Wikipedia on April 29, 2017.

Contemporary Istanbul hosts Reception in New York

contemporary istanbul logoHaving brought together 70 galleries from 20 countries and over 1,500 artworks by 520 artists in its 11th year, Contemporary Istanbul continues its preparations for its next edition with an exclusive event in New York during Frieze New York.

Russian tourists return to Turkey

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Overall number of outbound Russian tourists decreased in 2016 but number of those visiting relatives or friends and number of visiting special events remained about the same. However beginning of summer season in 2017, tour operators say outbound travel will grow this year. TUI Russia alone plans to increase travel volume by 3.5 times.

Park Inn by Radisson Samsun opens in Turkey

parkinn samsunPark Inn by Radisson makes its debut in Samsun on the Black Sea coastline of Turkey with the Park Inn by Radisson Samsun. The hotel is the second Park Inn by Radisson to open in Turkey this year and brings the total number of rooms in Turkey, in operation or under development, to more than 1,300 for the brand.

Pegasus adds 4 new routes in Russia and 1 in the UAE

pegasus a320neoPegasus Airlines is launching five new destinations from London Stansted, including Grozny, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod and Volgograd in Russia and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With the addition of the new flights, Pegasus will now fly to seven Russian destinations including its current Russian routes to Moscow, Krasnodar and Mineralnye Vody.

Muslim friendly holiday in Turkey, details are at Arabian Travel Market stand EU8120

turkey atm17Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry together with 49 companies take part at the Middle East’s leading travel and tourism event – Arabian Travel Market – in Dubai, UAE. Celebrating 24 years of industry milestones, ATM welcomes over 2,600 confirmed exhibitors – with 100 exhibiting for the first time – representing more than 150 countries, across 65 national pavilions.

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