With its strong economy and tourism tradition, 400,000-plus-bed capacity and 260 five-star hotels, and with 2 billion people just four hour’s flying distance away, Antalya is an ideal location for conferences and expos. In fact 165 national and international meetings took place in the region in 2012, with an increase of 23% in international meetings on the previous year.
The city has embraced the all-inclusive concept wholeheartedly with luxury hotels and resorts offering this hassle-free experience; indeed ABTA held their annual conference at Antalya’s resort town of Belek last year, taking advantage of an all-inclusive luxury resort’s offerings.
The jewel in the crown of the Turkish tourism industry, Antalya, with its 640-km long coastline, rich history and incredible natural beauty, as well as sunshine for 300 days a year, has much to offer to the discerning visitor and in incentive opportunities.
The ancient sites of Aspendos, Termessos, Phaselis, Perge, Patara, Olympos and approximately 300 more are available to visit, with the combination of sun and sea, beaches and breathtaking waterfalls making Antalya a wonderland of opportunities. Its natural and man-made wonders mean that there a plethora of special sites for events, with gala nights having being held at the open-air Roman Aspendos Theatre and also among the columns of ancient Perge.
Turkey’s resort town of Belek, near Antalya and most popular in the region for its MICE offerings, recently hosted ABTA’s 2012 Travel Convention at the five-star Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort & Spa.
Forthcoming fairs include the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) World Congress in 2014 and the prestigious World Horticultural Expo 2016, with 8 million people expected to visit the Antalya region over a period of six months. 100 countries and 30 large organizations are expected to participate in the main sections Expo Hill, Expo Forest, Expo Pond and Expo Tower with the theme of flowers and child being explored with panel discussions, meetings, seminars, performing arts events, concerts and children congresses.