Experiences, rather than the accumulation of things, is considered to greatly increase happiness; a concept which has changed the tourism sector from being a service industry to a creator of adventures. Despite times of uncertainty, or perhaps because of them, people continue to travel - just think that in the first eight months of 2017, Turkey welcomed over 12 million foreign visitors, an increase of 14.5% on the previous year. As the New Year approaches, trip-planning tendencies evolve. In 2018, travelers - particularly younger people, and, increasingly, women - are more likely to research, plan and book from a mobile device; require increased flexibility from providers to accommodate both advance and last-minute bookings; and place greater trust in third-party reviews.
In the midst of change, the allure of an unforgettable destination remains the same. Today, Turkey continues to enchant. History buffs stroll through ancient streets; people-watchers nurse bracing cups of coffee; beachgoers chase slices of seaside calm; and foodies wander agog through eclectic, spirited marketplaces.
As its premier airline, Turkish Airlines is proud to safely bring travelers to Turkey to experience intricate Istanbul, historic Gallipoli, dreamy Cappadocia, seaside Izmir, and countless other destinations. The tourism industry continually responds to changes in travelers’ preferences, habits and interests; and fairs and expos are an unmissable opportunity for travel professionals to come together, network, and make these connections. Supported by Turkish Airlines, a number of events will be taking place in late 2017 and 2018, bringing tourism professionals and wanderers together under one roof to celebrate what they love best - travel.
Travel Turkey Izmir Tourism Fair (7-10 December)
In December, sea and sun-drenched Izmir will welcome thousands of attendees of Travel Turkey Izmir where travel professionals will uncover new opportunities for growth. In its previous edition more than 38,000 attendees from 77 countries met with 1,179 exhibitors representing 38 countries. This year, exhibitors from Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Malaysia, Poland, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and many others, are preparing to showcase their countries’ attractions and services. Sectors such as yacht charter, cruise lines and marinas; active and adventure tourism; culture, sports, medical, educational tourism; and cafés, restaurants, hotels and accommodation are among those represented at the fair.
Emitt Tourism Fair (25-28 January)
In January, Istanbul plays host to the 22nd East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition, one of the world’s top five tourism exhibitions. With two days dedicated to industry professionals and two to tourists, tens of thousands of visitors (more than 46,000 from 80 countries in 2017) representing Cuba, Greece, India, Mauritius, Mongolia, Sweden, Thailand and others, are poised to attend. Attending travel professionals come from health and spa tourism; amusement tourism; IT and software services; NGOs; media; hotel equipment and more.
Ace of Mice Exhibition (21-23 February)
Held in Istanbul, this special exhibition and Turkey’s most extensive B2B event, is a must-attend on the industry’s meetings calendar, showcasing event management; stand, stage and decor; audio, display and lighting; convention and visitors’ bureaus; venues and centers; and meeting support providers. In 2017, 220 exhibitors connected with more than 15,000 visitors and 740 hosted buyers. In February, attendees will enjoy summits, workshops and seminars and be able to conveniently plan face-to-face meetings with 220 Turkish and international exhibitors using the event’s own B2B online appointment system.
TravelExpo Ankara (22-25 March)
Later, in March, Turkey’s capital will host the second Travel Expo Ankara, set to be an important occasion to highlight Ankara, Turkey and neighboring countries. Travelers and industry professionals are invited to attend, connect and establish opportunities for growth in 2018, while sampling Ankara’s attractions. The Expo will be buzzing with sector representatives from sectors including hotel and camping; alternative tourism; travel gear and equipment; local and traditional handicrafts and gifts; festival, conference and event management; embassies and provincial tourism directorates.
Eurasia Airshow (25-29 April)
While enjoying Antalya’s April skies, don’t forget to look up: the Eurasia Airshow will be in town! This aero-experience on the Turkish Riviera is set to unveil the miracle and power of flight. With activities for all aviation lovers-professionals and amateurs, this major aerospace trade show will be held with a packed schedule featuring drone shows, aerobatic flying displays of both military and civic aircraft.
With so many decisions to make, travel planning becomes a serious business. Both travelers and aerospace industry professionals can benefit from the convenience of talking with dozens of service providers in a single day. Find what’s missing from your current travel plans; whether that be an activity, innovative hotel, or new destination. We cordially invite you to participate in Turkey’s fairs of 2018!