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4 F EDITOR 24rd Year N0:137 May / June 2014 Holiday lovers will again choose Turkey March is the most important month for travel professionals. ITB- Berlin, MITT and Intertour Market in Moscow are the main events where the tourism trends for the year are set. German and European travel lovers will again your friends in those days... Our cover story is Alanya town in Mediterranean. This town has very popular for German and Russian tourists even some start to Enjoy and wish you sunny spring. 20 New Level of Thai Hospitality 26 Alanya Suat Töre CONTENTS 06 Turkey news 14 Exhibitions Belgrade 16 Hotels 18 Exhibitions ITB-Berlin 20 Hospitality 22 Exhibitions ITM 24 Exhibitions MITT 26 Cover story Alanya 38 Nostalji 40 Su Festivali 42 Destinasyon Belgrad 48 Bülten 50 Kısa Kısa 40 Tayland Songkran Festivali 42 Belgrad a gidilir 4 NewFocus May / June 2014
6 F TURKEY NEWS Turkey Extends e-visa deadline Travelers visiting Turkey will no longer have to apply for an electronic visa before they travel after authorities agreed to postpone the introduction of the new system until the end of the year. Electronic visas were due to be exclusively in place by April 10 which means the practice of obtaining visas upon arrival to points of entry to Turkey will come to an end. However, Turkish Touristic Hotels & Investors Association (TUROB) informed that the due date is extended until December 31, 2014 so that visitors who need a visa to enter to Turkey can get it at Turkish borders. Travelers can also obtain an e-visa online on tr. Visitors can simply fill in their details, make payment and download their e-visas prior to their travels up to 24 hours before travel. Visitors who apply e-visa will get US$10 discount and can also print their e-visa either using their own printers or at two airports of Istanbul; Istanbul Atatürk Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport. Visitors arriving in Turkey without an e-visa will also be able to obtain them via interactive kiosks located at those two airports. Turkey as a Wedding Destination for Japanese Tourists Istanbul Tourist Arrivals is Increased The Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced that the number of tourist arrivals to Istanbul is increased in March 2014 as well as in the first quarter of 2014 compare to last year. A total of tourists visited Istanbul in March 2014; an increase of 3.4% compare to March tourists visited Istanbul in March tourists have arrived Istanbul in the first 3 months of 2013 that the total number for 2014 passed 2 million and counted ; an increase of 10.6%. During the first 3 months of 2014, top nations and their percentages are as follows: Germany:%9.1, Russia:%6.1, Iran:%5.2, UK:%3.9, France:%3.7, USA: 3.6%, Italy:%3.3, Libya:%3.1, Ukraine:%2.9, The Netherlands:%2.6, South Korea:%2.5, Saudi Arabia:%2.5, Azerbaijan:%2.4, Iraq:%2.3, Syria:%2.0, Other countries: 44,9. A total of Germans, Russians, and Iranian tourists visited Istanbul in the first quarter. 6 NewFocus May / June 2014 A group of hoteliers, investors, tourism schools and wedding organizers visited Turkey and held a meeting with Istanbul Touristic Hotels & Investors Association (TUROB) executive board at Point Hotel Taksim. Japanese and Turkish tourism professionals discuss travel and tourism and how to enhance tourism between the two countries. Japanese delegation stated that there is an increasing demand of wedding organizations abroad that Hawaii has captured the biggest pie in that market. Japanese delegates stated that they are looking for alternatives to Hawaii as wedding and honeymoon destination and Turkey could be a good alternative especially for its cultural values as well as services offered in the country. Japanese delegates said that Japanese people prefer weddings in spring and autumn with participation of 70 to 200 people.
7 İSTANBUL ANTALYA ALANYA SİDE BELEK KEMER MARMARİS BODRUM Enrich your travel experience in Turkey! Regional Excursions Destination Management Shopping Golf & Sports Round Trips Weddings & Honeymoon Cultural Tours Meetings & Incentive Family Clubs & Hotels We offer the most widest range of tourism products and selection of services all over Turkey... CORENDON TOURISTIC ANTALYA (Head Office) Güzeloluk Mah Sok. No: Antalya-Turkey
8 F TURKEY NEWS Istanbul is Travelers Top Destination in the World Istanbul ranked number 1 destination at the TripAdvisor 2014 Travellers Choice awards for Destinations in the World and in Europe. Travellers Choice Destinations honour top travel spots worldwide based on the millions of reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. These awards honour nearly 500 destinations including the winners for the top spots in the world, and individual lists for Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, China, Middle East, Russia, South America, the South Pacific, the U.K. and the U.S. The 2014 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Destinations winners Turkey s hospitality industry leaders will gather in Istanbul in June for the Turkey and Neighbours Hotel Investment Conference (CATHIC) to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Turkey s burgeoning tourism and hospitality industries. CATHIC, to be held June 9-10 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, is supported by the Turkish Tourism Investors Association and represented by Turkish event partner Alkas. It is expected to attract the region s top hotel investors, operators, developers, advisors, architects and government officials. In a recent interview, Murat Ersoy, president of Atlas Jet and chairman of the Turkish Tourism Investors Association, said 33.5 million tourists visited Turkey in 2013, which generated revenues of $24.5 billion in U.S. dollars during the first nine months. During the last five years there has been doubledigit growth in accommodation services, boosting the hotel industry s profitability and attracting more investors. International hotel chains, closely following these developments, have started to bring their brands both in the luxury and midpriced segments by placing Turkey at the forefront of their expansion strategies, he said, adding that there are now 4,067 certified hotels in the country The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival Has Begun Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with the support of Akbank for the 10th time, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival began on the evening of 4 April, with an opening ceremony held at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center. Hosted by Meltem Cumbul, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival Opening Ceremony started with the screening of a special promotional video for the festival. Starting with its first screenings on 5 April the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be taking place across 8 theatres Beyoğlu Atlas, Beyoğlu Beyoğlu, Pera Museum, Istanbul Modern, Citylife City s, Ortaköy Feriye and Kadıköy Rexx. Besides the more than 200 films in over 20 sections, the festival will give cinephiles an abundant two weeks full of panels with filmmakers, workshops, and master classes. For detailed information on the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival: film.iksv.org World s top Istanbul 2. Rome 3. London 4. Beijing 5. Prague 6. Marrakech 7. Paris 8. Hanoi 9. Siem Reap 10. Shanghai Europe s top Istanbul 2. Rome 3. London 4. Prague 5. Paris 6. Berlin 7. Florence 8. Barcelona 9. St Petersburg 10. Budapest Discussion of Tourism and Hospitality in Turkey at CATHIC UK s top London 2. Edinburgh 3. Torquay 4. Liverpool 5. Belfast 6. York 7. Bristol 8. Llandudno 9. Leeds 10. Birmingham representing 1,059,000 beds. Ersoy will address the future of Turkey s tourism infrastructure at CATHIC. Dr. Daniel Thorniley, president of DT-Global Business Consulting GmbH, will kick off the conference with an update of the worldwide investment climate. He will be followed by Cenk Sidar, chief executive officer & president of Sidar Global, who will present the regional perspective. They will discuss the fundamental strengths underpinning Turkey s continued growth and development despite recent political issues. Turkey remains the number-two key strategic investment market in Europe for western investors, Thorniley said. Government policy is pro-growth, helping to make Turkey one of the most exciting business opportunities in the world. Additional confirmed speakers include Mehmet Onkal, managing partner of BDO Hospitality Consulting, who will present a market analysis of Istanbul, the Turkish Riviera and secondary cities; Omer Isvan, president at Servotel Corporation, and Rui Barros, managing director and senior vice president EMEA of Wyndham Hotel Group, who will discuss strategies for growth and development in Turkey; and Şenay Azak-Matt, general manager Turkey for Aareal Bank Group, who will share insights into debt and equity financing. Visit for more details and to register. 8 NewFocus May / June 2014
10 F TURKEY NEWS Turkish Street Photography at Los Angeles Photo Festival Turkish Street Photography came to Los Angeles at first annual event. The LAPF Concept: Turkey exhibition opened at the Downtown LA Art Walk. The festival, selecting Turkey as the theme, presented images from 100 photographers of recent Turkish street photography at the Los Angeles Downtown Hatakeyama Gallery. All photos presented at the exhibit, participated by amateur and professional photograph artists from Turkey, have been selected by a team of critics, namely member of the Associated Press and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Nick Ut, as well as Robert Ysais, Vern Evans, and Mert Türkoğlu. The documentary film is already screened at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington on December 10, 2013, at the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC and at the American Turkish Association of Washington DC (ATA-DC). Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul Thousands of fashion industry members traveled from around the world to Turkey for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul which took place March 2014 at Antrepo 3 in Tophane, Istanbul. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul presented by American Express will be another exciting season, in which the shows returned to Antrepo 3, the home of the first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul. We are proud to witness the continued growth of this event, which not only attracts media from Europe, but increasingly sees more and more journalists and buyers from around the world travel to Istanbul, says Jarrad Clark, VP and Global Creative Director, IMG Fashion Events & Properties. With over 40 designers on the official schedule, eight of which are brand new to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul presented by American Express this season, the Turkish fashion industry continues its growth as a powerhouse of design talent on the international fashion arena. The line up of designers that showcased their Autumn/Winter 10 NewFocus May / June 2014 Promoting cultural understanding through photography, the Concept project began its first year in Turkey and is the first Turkish Republic Street Photography exhibition in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Photo Festival created by Mert and Elif Türkoğlu said they welcome the great interest people showed in the festival. The duo say they plan to take the exhibit to New York, San Francisco and Chicago after Los Angeles and also to publish an album to comprise of 100 photos presented in the exhibit. Turkish Street Photography, featuring images built on human, nature, city and objects, is expected to be visited by 15 thousand people. LAPF Concept Turkey, the most comprehensive international exhibit to date on behalf of Turkish photography, will meet Turkish art lovers in Istanbul in May Collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Istanbul presented by American Express include Arzu Kaprol, Asli Filinta, Atil Kutoğlu, Ayhan Yetgin, Ayşe Deniz Yeğin, Burçe Bekrek, Çiğdem Akin, Db Berdan By L oréal Professionnel, Ece Gözen, Eda Güngör, Emre Erdemoğlu, Erol Albayrak, Gamze Saraçoğlu, Giray Sepin, Gülçin Çengel, Hakan Akkaya, Ipek Arnas, Janucha By Jale Hürdoğan, Lady Faith, Les Benjamins, Maid In Love, Mehtap Elaidi, Meltem Özbek, Mercedes-Benz Presents Lug Von Siga, Merve Bayindir, Nej, Nian, Nihan Peker, Niyazi Erdoğan, Özgür Masur, Özlem Ahiakin, Özlem Erkan, Özlem Kaya, Raisa-Vanessa Sason, Red Beard, Selim Baklaci, Selma State, Serdar Uzuntaş, Simay Bülbül, Şafak Tokur, Tuba Ergin, Utopian By Studio Kaprol, Zeynep Erdoğan, Zeynep Mayruk and Zeynep Tosun.
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12 F TURKEY NEWS Istanbul to Host the Legendary Names of Jazz July is the time when Istanbul will be brightened up once again with the legendary names of jazz music. Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti Bank, the 21st Istanbul Jazz Festival will be held between July 1-14 and host many acts in different venues in Istanbul, from prominent jazz artists to stars of popular music. Some highlights from the festival programme are now being revealed. With her unique voice, the receiver of 56 platinum album awards Katie Melua, South Bahri Şahin Arzu Karacadağ Ciler Moravali Andre Borg Ruhi Çuhadaroğlu Adnan Yücel In Brief Yeşim Simla Resmor has been appointed Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines Turkey Group Sales Coordinator. Bahri Şahin has been appointed Park Bosphorus Hotel as General Manager. Arzu Karacadağ has been promoted to Corporate Communications and Brand Director at Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International. Tolga Akıncı has been appointed as Assistant General Manager of Park Bosphorus Hotel. Divan Hotels of Turkey appointed Çiler Kibar Moravalı as Sales Director. Vialand Palace Hotel appointed Sedat Meşe as the director of the property. Hilton Istanbul has announced the appointment of Andre Borg as the new Hotel Manager. Okan Dinç is the new general manager of Özkaymak Hotels & Resort. Murat Durmuş, is the new sales & marketing manager of Concorde De Luxe Resort, Antalya. Fikret Odabaş has been appointed as general manager of Yalova Lova Hotel & Spa. Özlem Gökşin has been appointed as sales & marketing manager Hyatt Hotels south eastern Europe. Ruhi Çuhadaroğlu has been appointed as Şarm El Seyh Desolle Royal Rojana Resort as general manager African living legend Hugh Masekela and his band, the all-star group led by the percussion master Manu Katché and Richard Bona, Chick Corea-Stanley Clarke duet, Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Brian Blade, Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana and Cécile McLorin Salvant are among the names the festival will be welcoming this year. The tickets for the first highlights of the festival will be available on 15 March through Biletix sales system and the main ticket office of İKSV. Istanbul Unveiled - A travel Documentary Film from Şerif Yenen One of Turkey s most experienced travel guide; Şerif Yenen premieres a documentary film Istanbul Unveiled, which he produced and directed. Yenen says, Visitors do not like to be called tourists nor do they want to be treated as tourists. The idea of being a tourist has come to connote being taken to prearranged events and to shops or locations where locals are well-experienced in dealing with foreigners, eliminating the possibility of spontaneity or sincere interaction with people. Yenen adds, Approximately 99% of visitors coming to İstanbul spend an average of two and a half days and see only the highlights: the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. We have to do much better than this. We cannot possibly ignore these highlights, but we want to avoid the beaten path of mass tourism and put the emphasis on showing the real İstanbul and real İstanbulians. Keeping this in mind, Yenen produced and directed Istanbul Unveiled. At the film, a young American woman visits İstanbul, interviewing interesting characters in both popular and out of the way settings, about topics we have all wondered about. The film highlights iconic places to visit, as well as some unique sites off the beaten path, all framed though interviews with a cross-section of residents that range from a noted belly dancer to a masseur at a bath to one of the nation s richest women. Ayşe Nur Teker is the new Manager as Hotels & Hospitality at Jones Lang LaSalle Turkey. Murat Kodan has been appointed as general manager of Sochi Rixos Krasnaya. Adnan Yücel has been appointed as general manager of Wanda Hotels & Resorts in China. Daniele Fabbri, has been appointed as general manager of Conrad İstanbul Hotel. Yeşim Resmor Tolga Akıncı Sedat Meşe Okan Dinç Fikret Odabaş Murat Kodan Daniele Fabbri Murat Durmuş Latest tourism news from MENA Check out Russian Travel news 12 NewFocus May / June 2014
14 F EXHIBITION Belgrade Tourism Fair ITTFA- is ranked as the largest tourist event in the country and Southeast Europe. Fulfilling the international business standards for more than 30 years, it has created partner relationships with its exhibitors, offering quality and various activities and attracting huge number of exhibitors every year. ITTFA - Belgrade This year, more than 880 exhibitors have been presented, while the number of visitors has exceeded 58 thousand. The international character of the event, which is attracting more exhibitors each year from all parts of the world, and this year more than 250 foreign participants from 43 countries participated the ITTF. Turkey also attended with 13 companies in 350sqm stand at Hall NewFocus March / April 2014
16 F HOTELS OTI Chairman Received Prize from European Union Minister OTI Holding Board Chairman Ayhan Bektaş received the most successful businessman of the year prize from Dedeman Opened Two Hotels in Istanbul Dedeman Hotels & Resorts International has announced the opening of two hotels in Istanbul s Asia Bostancı- district. Following Dedeman Istanbul, which was launched in Istanbul 30 years ago and is pointed as the most favorite hotel of the city, Dedeman opened its second and third hotel in Bostancı, the most central location of Anatolian Side of Istanbul. Dedeman Bostancı is opened at Anatolian Side of Istanbul, which has become the attraction centre of the national and international business and finance world especially in recent period, gives the choice of guests with its 252 rooms, 1 ball room, 13 meeting halls, restaurants and bars. Dedeman Bostancı is prepared to render service with its city view, will host guests in totally 252 rooms, including 178 Superior rooms, 32 Deluxe rooms, 32 Executive rooms, 9 Executive Suites and 1 presidential suite. Dedeman Bostancı is also the indispensable address of important events and meetings with its 720 m2 ball hall and OTI Holding Made the Agreement for Xanadu Resort 16 NewFocus May / June 2014 European Union Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The prize was given at the 24th anniversary celebrations of ANSIAD held in Antalya Ramada Hotel with a group of 300 invitees. At the night participated by Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Dr. Abdurrahman Arıcı, Deputy Governor of Antalya Turan Eren, numerous members of parliament, and Antalya Mayor Prof. Dr. Mustafa Akaydın in addition to European Union Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, OTI Holding Board Chairman Ayhan Bektaş stated that it is necessary to trust in Antalya s potential. Stating that its trust in Antalya s potential has played an important role in OTI Holding s success, Ayhan Bektaş said, The entire OTI family from our board members to our guides, from our hotel employees to our top executives has a share in this prize, and this prize is the common pride of all of us. 13 meeting halls at different capacities. On the other hand, Dedeman Park Bostancı which is the second brand launched by Dedeman will operate with 110 rooms just next to Dedeman Bostancı. Dedeman Park Bostancı, which is the investment of Nuh Beton, reveals its difference with its plain and contemporary design as well as its environmental friendly features equipped with state-of-art technology. In the hotel, the meeting rooms equipped with advanced technology, fitness centre, restaurant serving lunch and dinner except for rich Turkish breakfast, and lobby bar will be available. In Dedeman Park Bostancı, there is also a mini market named Bakk-Al, which serves on the basis on 7/24. Guests can readily buy in this market snack food like sandwich, chocolate, dessert etc. and also soft/alcoholic beverages and personal care products during their stay. Aydıner Group Companies and OTI Group of Companies have agreed on the transfer of the rights of construction of Xanadu Resort Hotel premises in Antalya, Belek which is one of the most significant brands of accommodation sector in Turkey. They have agreed on the operation of the premises whose permanent and independent right of construction belongs to Aydıner İnşaat A.Ş. and which has been operated under the brand of Xanadu High Class by OTİ Group by the date of under the same brand and in the next stage, the transfer of construction rights to OTI Group after necessary permit and approvals are received from related authorities. Xanadu Resort Hotel Belek, which renders service in many markets especially in Europe and CIS at present with its land of 130 decares in Acısu Region and with its 42 rooms, is one of the most important brands of Turkish accommodation sector.
17 Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli is Opened Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli opened its doors in March 7. German national Thomas Eder, who is the General Manager of Istanbul s newest hotel; Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli. Mr. Eder said that the hotel has many unique features including a helipad on top of the hotel. It is just one of the aspects that different Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli from other city hotels here. Ozgur Tore also asked the new brand identity of Marriott Hotels and what it means for them. Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli is also focused on technology; offering several amenities including free High Speed Internet for hotel guests. Mr. Eder also said that they already received several reservations for wedding organizations. The hotel is going to be the meeting point who is looking for luxury and comfort accomodation and innovative meeting places as well. Meetingsimagined.com allows Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul has been named to Travel + Leisure magazine s 2014 It List of Best New Hotels. Selected by Travel + Leisure editors, the 2014 It List features 70 groundbreaking hotel openings that are transforming the travel landscape. The 2014 It List is featured on TravelandLeisure.com and will be featured in the March issue of Travel + Leisure magazine. Set on the European side of the Bosphorus Strait between the Dolmabahce Palace and Naval Museum, Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul overlooks the unfolding panorama of Istanbul s domes and minarets and the green hills of the city s Asian shores. It is located on the site of a former tobacco warehouse from the 1930s. The hotel s 186 guestrooms, some of which have their private terraces, reflect the city s proud heritage while also including the Asian design touches and modern travel technologies for which Shangri-La is well known. The hotel offers several restaurants and bars including a speciality restaurant, IST TOO, serving Turkish, Mediterranean, Asian and Japanese cuisine. The signature restaurant, Shang Palace, is the only authentic Chinese restaurant in Istanbul, by Ozgur Tore anyone planning a meeting or event to infuse creativity and purpose into their gathering down to the smallest detail. It offers tips for successful meetings from ice breakers, to foods and music to set the mood. MeetingsImagined.com features images some of the best experiences Marriott has hosted around the world. Planners can tailor food and beverage, setup, technology and experiences based on the ultimate goals of each meeting, to design more inspiring and engaging experience for attendees. Rather than focusing just on dates, rates and room layouts, Meetings Imagined takes a holistic approach, honing in on the specific purpose of the meeting to create and design a more engaging experience, that reflects the changing way people are working today. On the other hand,this system allows you to connect Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli to personalize the meeting rooms according to your own requirements. The meeting rooms that are customized, will be shared on Pinterest and Youtube as well. Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul Named to Travel + Leisure Magazine s 2014 It List offering exclusive Cantonese cuisine. Additional facilities include a health club, Europe s first CHI, The Spa, an indoor swimming pool, business centre, 2 ballrooms with a capacity of up to 1000 pax, and conference and meeting room facilities. NewFocus May / June
18 F EXHIBITION This year s ITB Berlin sent out very positive signals for the international travel industry. With the global economy expected to recover in the years to come the world s travel industry has begun 2014 confident of good tourism business. From 5 to 9 March 2014, 10,147 exhibitors from 189 countries more than two-thirds of whom ITB-Berlin came from abroad were represented in 26 halls which were booked to capacity. Overall, some 114,000 trade visitors (2013: 109,616) travelled to Berlin. Turkey also participated to ITB in Hall 3.2 with 3079sqm at 104 stand, 124 companies and global promotion named as Türkei Home. 18 NewFocus May / June 2014
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20 F Hospitality New Level of Thai Hospitality Thai hospitality to a whole new level, combined it with breathtaking views, luxuriant suites and celebrated restaurants and bars. The result is an indulgent five-star hotel experience where every occasion is unforgettable and every moment award-winning. lebua s expansive and elegantly-appointed suites, each with separate bedroom, living room and kitchenette, offer spectacular city and river views from their balconies high above Bangkok s vibrant sightseeing, shopping and business districts. From its prime location near the Chao Phraya River, BTS SkyTrain and expressway, the entire city is within reach, with many attractions just minutes away. Indulgence pervades the air as your every personal and professional need is attended to with unwavering, unobtrusive service. We take care of the details, so you can savor the moments and award-winning moments await at every 20 NewFocus May / June 2014 turn. On the M Floor, the poolside Cafe Mozu offers Bangkok s most sought-after breakfast, with the fitness center and spa, function spaces and conference rooms mere steps away. High above on the 67th floor, the regal State Room with its 360-degree panoramas awaits the city s next extraordinary function. The Dome at lebua houses Sky Bar Bangkok s most stunning rooftop bar and Sirocco, the world s tallest open-air Mediterranean restaurant. More epicurean delights await at Distil lounge, our celebrated Asian restaurant Breeze, and Mezzaluna, the fine-dining mecca acclaimed for its innovative cuisine. For business, for pleasure, and for corporate events and galas that always rise to the occasion, lebua at State Tower is one Bangkok luxury hotel that soars above the rest. lebua at State Tower has received worldwide recognition and numerous awards, including: 2013: Travel + Leisure (US) One of the World s 500 Best Hotels 2013: Condé Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice Awards 2013 Top 10 Best Hotels in Thailand 2012: Conde Nast Traveler (US) Readers Choice Awards Top 15 Best Hotels in Thailand
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22 F EXHIBITION Russia s travel exhibitions started with Intourmarket 2014 on March 15, ITM continued to host travel professionals and public until March 18 at Crocus Expo in Moscow. The ITM 2014 is opened on Mach 15 with the participation of UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai, Head of Rosturism, federal tourism agency of Russia Alexander Radkov and ITM 2014 Partner Country; Egypt s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou. Turkey as one of Russia s favorite holiday destination is showcasing its tourism products with a 1020 sqm stand. ITM-Moscow Undersecretary at Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey; Mr. Özgür Özaslan said that Russia is Turkey s second biggest market in tourism industry. Özaslan said that 4.2 million Russian travelers visited Turkey in 2013, Turkey expects to host 5 million in On the second day of ITM, Head of Rosturism, federal tourism agency of Russia Alexander Radkov and Undersecretary at Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey; Mr. Özgür Özaslan signed Turkey-Russia Tourism Action Plan protocol. As part of the protocol, Russia and Turkey will cooperate to develop tourism 22 NewFocus May / June 2014
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24 F EXHIBITION The 21st edition of Russia s largest B2B international travel and tourism exhibition, MITT, took place on March 2014 at the Expocentre in Moscow. It was the largest MITT exhibition ever, with the international area growing by more than 1,000 square metres this year. Many new exciting destinations are joining MITT for the first time as they target the lucrative Russian outbound market. Tourism boards from Algeria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Cape Verde, Iceland, Laos, Mozambique, Peru and Timor Leste exhibited with MITT-Moscow national stands, joining 190 other countries and destinations that are represented by more than 1,800 exhibiting companies. Turkey as the most popular holiday destination for Russian tourists took place at the MITT for the 21st time. Turkey presented its tourism product and services at 1254 sqm stand. Turkey promoted itself with Turkey Home slogan in Moscow, Russia. A total of 18 million 290 thousand Russian tourists traveled abroad in Turkey as the most popular destination of Russian travelers welcomed 4 million 263 thousand Russians last year with an increase of 18.59% compare to NewFocus May / June 2014