(London – 28 November 2014) The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is delighted to be hosting the 30th AITO Overseas Conference in Istanbul which opened today and continues until 30 November.Istanbul is Turkey's most populous city as well as its cultural and financial hub and it spans millennia of world history. Superbly situated either side of the blue ribbon of the Bosphorus Strait separating Europe from Asia it is, unlike any other city in the world, split between two continents.Turkey is one of the foremost destinations for travel in the world to which no less than 37.8 million travellers visited last year according to the World Tourism Organisation. Istanbul was also named the top destination in the world by TripAdvisor users earlier this year.
The Director General for Tourism Promotion for the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism Irfan Onal, who will take part in a panel session on the first day, says: “We are very happy to have opened the prestigious AITO conference in Istanbul this year and look forward to introducing delegates to Istanbul’s diverse offerings. We are also looking forward to working together and engaging proactively with AITO and its members so as to build a strong and thriving relationship long into the future.”
The conference events include such talks and discussions as Global and UK Economic Overview, State of the Industry, Changing Landscapes of Insurance, the Googlification of Travel and Turkey Today and Tomorrow.
Events are being held at a number of locations, including Istanbul Modern on the shores of the Bosphorus, and there will be cultural and shopping tours of the city as well as a gala dinner at the Sait Halim Pasha waterfront mansion.
The 30th AITO Overseas Conference is addressing relevant and current issues facing AITO members, aiming to help them grow their businesses and take advantage of the emerging, confident consumer outlook.
AITO tour operators, AITO Agents and affiliates are attending the three-day event along with members of the media, keynote speakers and guests.