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Istanbul hosts ASTA – International Destination EXPO 2010

Istanbul hosts ASTA – International Destination EXPO 2010

On this important year, ASTA-American Society of Travel Agencies, being the largest union of travel agencies of the world with its over 20,000 members from 140 countries, will gather in Istanbul at the “2010 International Destination EXPO”.

Istanbul hosts “ASTA – International Destination EXPO 2010”
2010 is a mile stone year for Istanbul as it will be the culture capital of Europe. On this important year, ASTA-American Society of Travel Agencies, being the largest union of travel agencies of the world with its over 20,000 members from 140 countries, will gather in Istanbul at the “2010 International Destination EXPO”.

Turkey won this hosting bid with the leadership of Asta Turkey Chapter’s active team work and of valuable contributions of The Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, TÜRSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies) and The Turkish Airlines.

Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ertuğrul Günay expressed the importance of the North American market and emphasized the value of the travel agents and travel writers to promote a destination and extended an invitation USA travel agents to be in Istanbul on this occasion. The ministry of Tourism will also collaborate with ASTA to have “Turkey specialist travel agents” with seminars and fam trips to be able to provide more information to travelers about the diversity of Turkey and its 12 months offerings: culture, golf, spa, sailing, congress & incentives, skiing, F1, other events participation and more…

We hope to reach a record figure of 3000 participants for the “International Destination EXPO” in Istanbul. The EXPO will add another dimension to the European Capital of Culture activities. We will also organize over 20 programs around the country and nearby destinations for our delegates to discover Turkey AND BEYOND. We have also lined up number of activities to introduce, ID Expo 2010 Istanbul and Turkey on ASTA events in Lyon ID EXPO 08, Orlando Trade Show 08, Cape Town ID EXPO 09 and Las Vegas Trade show 09.

Mr. Ulusoy, The President of Turkish Travel Agents Association said that Istanbul is in high demand and a very busy city. You can not easily get the date you want when making reservations 2 years in advance for big events. We look forward to accommodate the USA and International members of our American counterpart ASTA.

Turkey hosted 24 million tourists from all over the world in 2007 with an increase of 15 % over the past year. USA visitors has reached a 750 000 and increase of 25% over 2006. The target for Turkey is to reach 2,5 millon in 7 years time.

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