Turkey is a unique geography. It is a bridge connecting not only East and West, but also the past and the future. İstanbul, the countrys cultural capital, has been an attractive settlement for various civilizations since ancient times. Today the city is visited each year by millions of travelers who come to catch a glimpse of its ancient city walls, enchanted churches, palaces and mosques, while savoring the delightful tastes of the citys rich cuisine. İstanbul offers an unforgettable experience with its colorful daily life and dynamic nightlife. It is also an attractive destination for international meetings with its world class accommodation and convention facilities. İstanbul, Dersaadet, Konstantiniye, Byzantion. The many names of this city is a refl ection of its many faces. As the only city in the world situated on two continents -Asia and Europe- İstanbul has proved an attractive settlement for various civilizations since ancient times. Thanks to its rich history, colorful daily life and dynamic spirit, İstanbul continues to offer a once in a lifetime experience to its visitors. The largest city in modern Turkey, İstanbuls cultural diversity, state of the art accommodation alternatives, unique blend of modern and traditional dining and entertainment options and stunningly rich history makes the 2010 European Capital of Culture an ideal destination for business organizations and leisure trips.
As the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, present day İstanbul retains the history that emerged form the city and integrates its historical values to the modern life. Sultanahmet, located at the center of the historic peninsula, is where most of the İstanbuls famous historical sights are located. Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque are both situated in this dynamic part of the city. A few hundred meters away is the world famous Grand Bazaar, which for the past six centuries has been a center for the trading of gold and authentic Turkish produce. The nearby Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) is a breathtaking venue for banquets and special events. No visit to İstanbul is complete without crossing the beautiful Golden Horn the natural harbor opening to the Bosphorus- and relaxing on the green parks that stretch along the shore to enjoy magnificent sunsets. With their mixed Turkish, Greek and Jewish quarters, Eyüp, Fener and Balat are ideal for those who feel in the mood for a little time travel. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, which administers 85 churches, stands in the Fener district. North of the historic peninsula, across the Golden Horn, is Galata, crowned by the Galata tower. Galata, Beyoğlu and the İstiklal Street accommodate much of the citys nightlife venues. On the nearby front of Karaköy, you can fi nd İstanbul Modern, a museum with exhibitions of contemporary Turkish art.
Beyoğlu, İstanbuls culture and entertainment center, has always been a meeting point for cultures and peoples. The multiculturalism of this vibrant district is abundantly refl ected in architecture, daily life and culinary culture. İstiklal Street is the heart of this large district full of cinemas, theaters, restaurants, cafes, bars, and clubs and almost every visitor to İstanbul is attracted by the bright lights of the Street. North of the Taksim Square is the newer part of the city. High skyscrapers rise from Levent and Maslak, the main business districts, reflecting a different skyline from the old city. Moving forward to Kurtuluş, Osmanbey and Nişantaşı with neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, time starts to fl ow backwards. However modern cafes and shops are just around the corner to surprise you.
The Bosphorus, separating Asia and Europe, is the ultimate treasure and beauty of İstanbul, where the city breathes.
Both banks of the Bosphorus are decorated by characteristic, wooden waterside mansions, symbols of the old tradition of large, wealthy families residing on the Bosphorus shores. Fishing dominates life on the Bosphorus thanks to the fertile sea that brings shoals of fresh fi sh daily and on every shore of the Bosphorus are restaurants serving delicious seafood. North of Beşiktaş you arrive at Ortaköy, whose cafés, restaurants and bars are enjoyable day or night. The districts beyond Ortaköy on the European side of the Bosphorus all have great natural beauty and places of entertainment: Kuruçeşme, Arnavutköy, Bebek, Rumelihisarı, Baltalimanı, Emirgan, İstinye, Yeniköy, Tarabya, Kireçburnu, Büyükdere, Sarıyer and Rumelifeneri are all charming districts.
Across the Bosphorus to east is the Asian side centered on the historical districts of Üsküdar and Kadıköy.
Üsküdar is symbolized by the Maiden Tower located on an islet just off the shore. The coasts of the Asian side are characterized by picturesque neighborhoods of Beykoz,Paşabahçe, Çubuklu, Kanlıca, Anadolu Hisarı, Kandilli, Çengelköy, Beylerbeyi, Kuzguncuk and Paşalimanı. These districts once hosted the grand summer houses of the Ottoman elite. Growing steadily, today this beautiful land is a vital part of the cultural life of İstanbul. Üsküdar and Kadıköy are quite popular with sea-side cafes, parks and traditional restaurants serving popular Turkish dishes.
For more information about Istanbul: www.icvb.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istanbul
Istanbul Atatürk International Airport : www.ataturkairport.com
Sabiha Gökçen International Airport: www.sgairport.com
Turkish State Railways (TCDD): www.tcdd.gov.tr
Turkey Maritime Organization Inc. (TDI): www.tdi.com.tr
Passport and visa requirements may differ according to the country of origin. Please contact your travel agent or the Turkish Consulate or Embassy in your country for further advice. Please use this link http://www.konsolosluk.gov.tr/Visa/Visa_Welcome.aspx
Istanbul is in the Eastern European time zone (EET), which is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (three hours ahead during Summer Time).
April in Istanbul is the start of spring, with longer, warmer days. The average temperature for the month is 12C, with highs of a very reasonable 16C. The temperature does fall significantly overnight and visitors can expect lows of around 8C. The hottest temperature ever recorded at this time in the region is around 34C. Areas of the city closest to the coast will be warmest, while inland it will feel several degrees cooler; the Sarıyer villages in the northernmost district of the province still see average temperatures of just 10C. As temperatures rise, correspondingly, the days get longer and there are around 9 sunshine hours each day in April.
The official language of the conference is English. Please note that no simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
The course requires for all occasions informal clothing.
Foreign money can be changed at banks during normal business days (09.00-17.00 Monday-Fridays) as well as at hotels, at the airport and in exchange offices. All major credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and at the airport.
Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables.
Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one's own discretion is appreciated.
GMT+2 (GMT = Greenwich Mean Time).
Turkiye has 220 volts/50 Hz. electricity and socket type is European standard. (2-pin plug). British and USA appliances need an adaptor.
For your transfer requests please fill in the Online Reservation Form which will be available prior to meeting. Topkon Congress Services will provide airport transfer service during mentioned days. There will be two types of transfer;
- Shuttle transfer: The scheduled shuttle transfers will be run during mentioned dates between airport and meeting venue. Schedule can be seen at the related part of the online reservation form.
- Private Transfer: Private transfers will be provided upon request according to the delegates needs. Please choose the private transfer section at the related part of the online reservation form. The transfer team will then get in contact with you shortly.
Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee or the Conference Management assume any liability. Participants should therefore organize their own health and travel insurance.
The EBAC and/or its agents have the right for any reason beyond their control to alter or cancel, without prior notice, the course or any of the arrangements, timetables, plans or other items relating directly or indirectly to the EBAC. The EBAC shall not be liable for any loss, damage, expenditure or inconvenience caused as a result of such alteration or cancellation.
Topkon Congress Services
Contact person: Senem Okcu
Zuhtupaşa Mah. Rifatbey Sok. No: 24
Kalamis, 34427 Kadikoy - Istanbul
Phone : +90 216 330 90 20
Fax : +90 216 330 90 05