TURKEY – ICVB hosted Brazilian Meeting organisers in Istanbul

Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau organised three days familiarisation trip for representatives of 20 leading national and international corporations of Brazil in cooperation with Wish International Events Management.
The program was organised in cooperation with Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry, Madrid Office and Turkish Airlines. Representatives from top 20 corporations and incentive travel media from Brazil were hosted in Istanbul between 2-5 December 2011.

The official hosted buyers group of EIBTM 2011 organised by Wisheventos included executives and editors representing companies and magazines such as; Danone Ltda, Samsung Electronics, Isban Brasil S/A, JP Morgan, BDF NIVEA, IAB, NEC Latin America, Santa Clara Comunicaçao, Banco do Brasil, Sandoz, Wish Report Magazine, GoWhere Luxo Magazine.

During the program, hosted buyers were given the chance to not only see each city’s finest hotels and event venues, but to also get a feel and sense of the unique atmosphere and culture of Istanbul. The guests had the opportunity of visiting the highlighted venues and sights of Istanbul within the 3 days exclusive program.

The program started with the presentations of Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau and Turkish Airlines at the Networking Breakfast held at the host venue, Grand Hyatt Hotel Istanbul. Turkish Airlines also hosted the group at the ‘DO&CO Catering‘ centre and Turkish Technique where the group had chance to experience the Turkish Airlines Comfort Class seats, the menu and the kitchen.

On the second day the group visited the highlighted historic places of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Museum, Hagia Sophia, Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. The whirling dervishes and dance show at the 1700 year old cistern was among the highlights of the program.

Another highlighted venue of Istanbul, Esma Sultan Pavilion, the water side mansion on the shores of the Bosphorus, hosted the group for Sunday brunch with a very rich buffet accompanied by famous Executive Chef Rudolphe Van Lunen. Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamam, which recently re-opened, hosted the group and offered an unforgettable Turkish bath experience to the guests.
The hosted buyers also had the opportunity of listening Lee Cockerell, the person that changed all quality standards of Walt Disney World Resorts over 10 years being it’s President of Operations at the Skype Session held at 1001 Direk Cistern, a 1700 years old /historic monument.