XXX. INTERNATIONAL HORTICULTURAL CONGRESS
12 - 16 AUGUST 2018 ISTANBUL - TURKEY
Bridging the World through Horticulture

TOURS & SOCIAL EVENTS

Modern Touristic Establishments and Conference Facilities

Istanbul today is the focal point of industry, commerce and cultural life in Turkey. It has many internationally acclaimed hotels, congress centers and offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities. The city is connected to the world by two international airports, international harbours, railways and Trans-European-Motorway.

As meeting destination Istanbul is one of the world's most exciting conference destinations and is an increasingly popular choice for the world's leading international associations and meeting planners. Istanbul is home to numerous members of the ICCA, the International Congress and Convention Association, which is the most extensive and prominent meetings organization in the world. According to ICCA statistics, Istanbul ranked 24th in market share by number of international meetings per city worldwide in 2007. In 2007 Turkey ranked 25th in the number of meetings per country and 17th in total number of participants to international meetings. Istanbul's outstanding infrastructure, including modern, luxurious accommodations, state-of-the-art conference and exhibition venues and experienced conference professionals, makes it a logical choice for organizers.

When combined with the city's fabulous history and stunning natural beauty, cultural richness, exciting shopping, sophisticated cultural life and world-class dining, it's not hard to figure out why top associations choose Istanbul and enjoy exceptionally high attendance.

Delegates can enjoy luxurous, comfortable and affordable accommodations and Istanbul's 3500 years of history as well as attending a high quality and productive meeting planned precisely from the plenary session to the closing ceremonies in facilities equipped with the latest technology. Under these circumstances, it would not be exaggeration to point out that delegates can naturally expect a remarkable event in a definitely outstanding city.

Entertainment & Night Life & Shopping

From the ubiquitous sounds of live, traditional Turkish music and dancing in restaurants throughout the city to cultural and artistic events, international festivals, and glitzy clubs and bars on the Bosporus, Istanbul is a city that knows how to entertain the seekers of all kind.

There's so much to do, from theatres and exhibitions to museums, historic and architectural tours and cruises.

If you're looking for any kind of event whether with artistic purposes or for mere entertainment, you need no more plan than to take a walk down "Istiklal Caddesi " in " Taksim” ( city center), the throbbing heart of modern Istanbul, a street that is always vibrantly alive with music, shops, restaurants, bars, galleries, theatres and of course crowds. No matter whether you are looking for family entertainment, artistic events, or just for a night out, Istanbul offers a wide range of choices.

From the water - front modern art museums to street bars where one can mix with the different local worlds of the city's inhabitants in the globally satisfactory atmosphere of endless places where the town's social life is produced.

Being one of the cheapest cities of Europe, it is a shopping paradise. Ranging from oriental tastes of Grand Bazaar to outstanding shopping malls, Istanbul offers a wide variety of choices.

Bosphorus is not merely a strait dividing two continents but also a crown that adds a Mediterranean flavour to this breathtaking city by it's seaside cafes and fish restaurants. Istanbul also offers a vibrant night-life with its outstanding night-clubs and bars.

Some of the Historical Places to Visit in Istanbul

Museums

  • Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Archeology Museum
  • Topkapi Palace Museum
  • Rahmi Koc Industry Museum
  • Small St.Sofia Mosque
  • Ss. Sergius and Bacchus Church
  • St. Irene (Aya Irini)
  • Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum
  • The Great Palace Mosaic Museum
  • Kariye (Caria) Museum
  • Museum of Turkish Carpets
  • Yerebatan Sarnici (Cistern)
  • Aviation Museum
  • Maritime Museum
  • Atatürk Museum

Palaces

  • Topkapi Palace
  • Dolmabahce Palace
  • Ciragan Palace
  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Yildiz Palace

    and many more historical places and natural beauties to discover ...

Antalya and vicinity

Antalya is a subtropical Region having a significant share in production of vegetables and ornamentals under protected conditions mainly for the export market. Commercial seed and seedling companies are concentrated in the Region. Tropical fruit species as banana can also be grown in specific microclimates. Antalya hosts EXPO 2016 Garden.

Aegean Region with İzmir as its focal point

The Aegean Region is located along the western coast of Turkey and horticultural production is carried out not only in fertile river basins running perpendicular to the sea line but also on mild slopes. The Region is characterized by very well-known of its polyculture production in small holdings. The Region is a heaven for sun-drying providing almost all of the Turkish production of dried seedless grapes, figs and tomatoes and a significant part of dried peppers, eggplants and okra. The Region has the biggest share in Turkish olive, cherry and chestnut production. Geothermal heated greenhouses are increasing in number. İzmir is also known as the capital of ‘organic production'.

Cappadocia: Land of wild horses

The Region is located in Central Anatolia and embraces 3 provinces, Niğde, Nevşehir and Kayseri. In respect to horticultural production, apple, grape, potatoes, dried beans, pumpkin and cabbages are the major crops. There are boutique wineries processing mainly local varieties. Natural caves carved into the volcanic tuff are still used to store lemons and other fruit.

Black Sea: Northern Coast of Turkey

Black Sea Region is the major hazelnut and tea producer in Turkey. The narrow coastal land in the eastern part of the Region provides 65 % of the World hazelnut. Various companies have highly advanced hazelnut processing facilities. Tea plants were introduced to Anatolia towards the end of 19th century. Today, tea is planted on 76 000 ha in the Eastern Black Sea Region. Tea is consumed throughout the year by all parts of the society and additionally provides income for nearly 1 million people in Turkey. The Region is well-known for many high plains as Ayder or Macahel, known as biodiversity hotspots.