World Tourism Forum 2017 in Istanbul

The World Tourism Forum is a global organization holding tourism events in different parts of the world to further boost global tourism. It pays particular attention to the relationship between local and global tourism trends as well as strategies for more sustainable tourism growth. 

As mentioned in our last article,  we were invited to the Istanbul World Tourism Forum as part of the 55 international travel writer contingent in this worldwide event.  We had the chance to meet some of the great people in the industry, plus meeting some friends that we will keep for life. The event drew like minded people together, people who are passionate about making a living out of travel.

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One of our perennial favourite airlines, Turkish Airlines flew us direct from Dubai to Istanbul. Whilst we had a small flight, other arrived from Asia and America. With two major airports, there a literally dozens of options for you to fly here.

Istanbul is definitely a place where East meets West, Asia meeting Europe. It is full of culture and despite a few problems in the last 12 months, we have been here twice and have felt completely safe and assured whilst walking and visiting the city.

Our go-to hotel is the W Istanbul. This is the second time we have stayed here and have been impressed both times. The only sad let down is that the Breakfast A la carte menu wasn’t available =(. Nonetheless, it is a boutique gem with a great location, you can read more about it here, and watch our video on our journey here. 

If you want to stay here, book it right here!

W Istanbul

During our journey, we also had time to spend some time at The St Regis and The Kempinski that both look stunning.

Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski!
Ciragan Palace Kempinski
Ciragan Palace Kempinski

We loved the chance to meet some of the most successful people in the travel industry. Like minded people who are driven and focused. The Welcome Dinner gave us all a chance to mingle prior to the forum starting which was a great way to break the ice.

On the first day of the conference, being able to watch the President of Turkey speak (although my Turkish isn’t any good) about his hopes and dreams for the country was inspiring. After a day of speeches and talks, we let our hair down at the official Dinner. We partied and danced the night away into the wee hours of the morning.

Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey, World Tourism Forum
Binali Yıldırım, Prime Minister of Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Head to toe from Namshi
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, we arrive just on time as they were kicking people out for Friday morning prayer time.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

World Tourism Forum

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