A total of 41 people are now known to have died during a suicide bomb attack on Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. Some 13 of those killed are believed to be foreign nationals, while a further 239 people were injured in the attack. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday evening.
Hilton Worldwide has announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul Sirkeci. The upscale hotel joins ten DoubleTree by Hilton properties already open in Turkey and 70 DoubleTree by Hilton properties open across Europe. Boasting 113 modern guest rooms and suites across six floors, the fully refurbished hotel is located in Sirkeci, a neighbourhood in Istanbul’s Historic Peninsula just a short stroll from some of Istanbul’s major attractions such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar.
At least 10 people have been killed and 15 wounded in an explosion which took place in a district of Istanbul popular with tourists, according to reports.
With the launch of daily flights to Sabiha Gökçen Emirates has increased its overall capacity to Istanbul by 35 per cent, offering a total of 18 flights per week to this popular business and tourism destination. Located on the Asian side of the bi-continental city of Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport offers travellers convenient access to the city’s impressive cultural and historical sites.
With two of the leading hotels in Istanbul under management. Sura Hotels & Tourism Group is working to redefine the luxury hospitality in Turkey. Here Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole sits down with group chairman Hüseyin Kaygısız to discuss his plans for expansion, the ever changing luxury market in Istanbul and what it takes to ensure his hotels exceed guests’ expectations every time.
The Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed Redmint Communications as its public relations agency for the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands. Redmint Communications will be promoting, publicising and strengthening Istanbul’s brand image as a leading congress and meetings destination via an effective and meaningful PR strategy.
Istanbul has been ranked 8th in the top 10 of ICCA Rankings, according to 2013 data. ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, announced 2013 Rankings for cities and countries. Istanbul uplifted its position within the Top 10 rankings.
Istanbul has set out to become a must-visit shopping destination with the second annual Shopping Festival - one of the largest and most exciting shopping events in the world. The city is already one of the top city break destinations in Europe, boasting a spectacular 47 per cent foreign increase in foreign visitors in the first quarter of 2012 when compared to 2011.
Ahead of the East Mediterranean Travel & Tourism Fair 2012, set to take place in Turkey this week, leading mobile web development company World.Mobi have rolled out their latest mobile travel guide for irresistible Istanbul. Travel industry professionals attending the Mediterranean’s leading travel & tourism exhibition from February 9th-12th, will be able to tap into what’s hot and what’s not during their stay in Istanbul via a simple, state of the art mobile travel guide which is free of charge, quick to download and easy to use.