Tourism in Turkey (2014): Turkey now ranks as the sixth most popular tourist destination worldwide

review-TurkeyIstanbul – Long described as a “bridge between civilisation” by locals and travellers alike, Turkey has now developed into the sixth most popular tourist destination worldwide, attracting 34.91 million tourists in 2013 alone.

Giant infrastructure projects including a plan to built the world’s largest airport in Istanbul and extensive urban renewal and restoration plans are expected to further boost the rapidly growing tourism sector, with the exciting push partly driven by profile risers such as Istanbul being named in 2010 as European Capital of Culture.Continue Reading

Leonardo F.M. Baiocchi – Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus: a luxury retreat in a fascinating city


Leonardo Baiocchi

Leonardo Baiocchi

Mr Baiocchi, could you provide us with a brief overview of your personal background?

After being raised in Africa I began studying political science in Rome and shortly thereafter, to the surprise of my parents, I decided to join l’Ecole hôtelière in Switzerland. I then joined Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts (‘Four Seasons’) in 1993, which was a smaller organization with 34 hotels situated mainly in Northern America and one international hotel in London. In 1993 Four Seasons then opened its doors in Milan as the first non-English speaking international hotel for this organization.Continue Reading

Dilara Hepsen Oztekin – The Sofa Hotels and Residences Nisantasi Istanbul: a smart hotel offering a new generation of luxurious accommodations


Dilara Hepsen Oztekin

Dilara Hepsen Oztekin

Mrs Oztekin, could you provide us with a brief overview of your personal background?

After being raised in Istanbul and graduating from a local University I moved to London to further my studies. Following my studies my career within the hospitality industry began in Istanbul at Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and after a brief spell there I worked at Hilton Worldwide for 13 years. Throughout my career, I was involved first hand in the merger between Hilton International and Hilton Corporation (Hilton and Conrad Hotels) in Turkey having worked as a Director of Sales for both companies in the years preceding the operation. I was then offered a position as General Manager at The Sofa Hotels and Residences in 2010 and I have been working here ever since.Continue Reading

Ciler Ilhan – Cırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul: the only Ottoman imperial palace and hotel on the Bosphorus



Ciler Ilhan

Mrs Ilhan, could you provide us with a brief overview of your personal background?

I studied political science and international relations in Turkey and followed my studies with a course in hotel management in Glion, Switzerland. My background is both in hotel management and journalism and I now worked at Cırağan Palace for six years. I decided to return to the hotel management industry after working as a journalist because I felt that my skills matched this industry better. The hotel management industry is very dynamic – you get to meet several people and is a life rewarding experience. As a result after seven years of journalism I decided to return to this industry and gave myself a one-year trial period. I am now enjoying it so much that I have no plans to stop for the foreseeable future.Continue Reading