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The 2012 General Assembly of Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) was Completed in Antalya
The 2012 General Assembly of Association of British Travel Agencies (ABTA) was completed in Antalya Belek Cornelia Diamond Golf Resort&Spa Hotel in cooperation with London Attaché Office of Tourism and General Publicity Directorate of Culture and Tourism Department. The general assembly started at 9th October ended at 12th October. The general assembly was followed by press members, travel agencies and tour operators more than 600.

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ANTALYA was promoted in New York Times Travel Show
Antalya was represented by Antalya Promotion Foundation (APF) in New York Times Travel Show, which is combining different intercontinental tourism organizations under the same show

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All the processes of Gaining Congresses and Meetings, and Green Meetings

Antalya Convention Bureau's Fam Trip
With the support of Culture and Tourism Ministry General Directorate of Promotion, Antalya Convention Bureau (ACB), The West Mediterranean Development Agency (BAKA), Antalya Promotion Foundation (ATAV), Turkish Airlines (THY), hosted the delegation consisting of representatives of Russian newspapers and radio about congress tourism in Antalya between 11 to 15 March 2013.

Antalya Expo Center hosted an incentive organization which was spread to the biggest m2 and which was held in only one location in Antalya until today due to “Turkcell Ambassadors Summit” held on 13-14 March.

The Cleanest and Safest Beaches are in Antalya
At the end of this year's evaluation of the International Blue Flag Jury, Turkey is awarded with 383 blue flags. Antalya's beaches got 208 blue flags. These numbers prove once more that the cleanest and safest beaches are in Antalya in Turkey.

Fire of Anatolia
A synthesis of hundreds of folkdance figures and music from different regions, Fire of Anatolia is a unique project whose source is Anatolia’s ancient mythological and cultural history. Produced by Mustafa Erdoğan, the group hopes to introduce the world to the fire thatarises from the ancient mosaic of love, cultural history and peace in Anatolia.

Peony flower has been selected as symbol of EXPO 2016 ANTALYA

The Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (TUR) started in 1963 with the name of "Marmara Tour", gained international status in 1965 for the first time and was taken under the auspices of Presidential authority in 1966. The competition on its 50th year anniversary will be held in April 27-May 4, 2014 in 8 stages starting from Alanya, proceeding along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts and ending in Istanbul. The world's sole "transcontinental cycling tour" will witness the high-level competition of world-renowned athletes and teams with the slogan of "50-Year Passion of the Cycling". Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey which has been reaching a wide access network throughout the world through live and recorded broadcasts by means of prestigious national and international channels in more than 150 countries since 2008, stands out as a global organization that serves as a model about Turkey's sports organization experience. The organization that contributes to the development of the sports of cycling and the tourism promotion of Turkey through TV broadcasts continues to be a rising value of our country with its deep-rooted story.

The Wings for Life World Run
The Wings for Life World Run is an entirely new type of event never before seen or undertaken in either running or any other sporting field. Why? Because it is a truly global adventure, encompassing up to forty locations, in which everyone runs at the very same time all over the world!

What is EXPO?
EXPO 2016 ANTALYA International Horticultural Exhibition is to be held in Antalya in the year 2016 with the motto “A Green Life for Future Generations” and has the theme “Flowers and Children”, will be the largest international event hosted by Turkey. The event will be organised between 23 April and 30 October 2016, will last for 6 months. International artistic, cultural and academic activities have already started taking place and the programme of activities and events will continue to be implemented until the end of EXPO 2016 Antalya.

There are 380 butterfly species in Turkey and 45 of them are endemic. 177 species have been detected in Antalya and 3 of them are endemic.


SunExpress offers 6 new destinations for the summer season
With the start of the summer season, SunExpress will be offering 1,256 flights weekly both on domestic and international routes totaling 237 thousand seats. From Izmir international routes will include Copenhagen, Helsinki, Paris (CDG), Lyon and Nantes; for domestic routes Konya is being added to the schedule.

Suna-İnan Kıraç Research Institute on Mediterranean Civilizations
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Antalya Convention Bureau met with MICE Professionals in Barcelona.
Leaving 26 years behind in past, the EIBTM Barcelona Tourism Fair between 19th and 21st of November has brought MICE professionals together this year too. EIBTM, the most efficient expo of MICE, took place with participation of over 3000 companies and over 1500 industry professionals. Antalya Convention Bureau has participated in fair too. Antalya Convention Bureau representing the development of Antalya in congress and meeting sector with MICE professionals has participated for 3rd time in EIBTM Fair.

Antalya is ready for the ICCA 2014 general assembly
The Antalya delegation,which attended the 2013 ICCA general assembly in Shangai before the event in Antalya next year, advertised the city and invited delegates to Antalya The Governor of Antalya Sebahattin Öztürk and his delegation attended the general assembly of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) in Shangai. Governor Öztürk advertised Antalya to the delegates since next year's general assembly will be held in Antalya. The presentation received positive remarks from the 700 delegates in the room.

Marine Biology Museum opened in Antalya
Marine Biology Museum of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality where approximately 500 species of marine animals will be exhibited opened in Antalya on 16 january. Antalya Marine Biology Museum is Turkey’s first sea creatures museum.

Riches we did not know we had only become apparent when we start to discover them. Connoisseurs of food, who rank Turkish cuisine in amongst the top world cuisines, appraise it purely according to its known merits

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Antalya is home to the very first peoples to shape Anatolian culture. King Attalos of Pergamon, founder of Attalaia, taken by its rich, fertile soil and naturally sheltered harbour dubbed Antalya “Paradise on earth”

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Antalya’ya Hoşgeldiniz - Welcome to Antalya…

Antalya is a city where three out of four seasons are spring and the other is summer, where you can ski on a magnificent mountain in the morning and swim in the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean in the afternoon.

When King Attalos first set eyes on Antalya he called it “Paradise on Earth”. Its fertile soil and natural harbour made it favourable for settlers throughout the ages. Therefore Antalya has a rich cultural heritage with many remains of an outstanding history. The Persians, Alexander the Great, the Romans, the Arabs and many more have left their mark on the area over the centuries but no one more than King Attalos of Pergamon who in 159 B.C. gave the region its name Attaleia, which leaded to the modern name Antalya.

In the western part of Antalya one of history's first major confederations, the Lycian Union, was formed. This league, once the most powerful in the region, had its member states represented by a system of one, two or three votes, depending on the size and importance of the states. Starting from the west end of present day Antalya and stretching to Fethiye in the province of Muğla, Lycia - the land of light - covered a very large area for those days. To the east stretched the state of Pamphylia, the land of all tribes.

Antalya and its environs enjoyed a golden era in the first and second centuries A.D. reflected in the magnificence and multitude of cities of that époque, like Side and Aspendos in the east and Phaselis, Olympos and Xanthos in the west, just to name a few.

Those days of glory began to fade however during the Byzantium period at the turn of the 3rd century A.D. with the fall of Constantinople.

Later the Arab invasions with their plundering signalled the final demise of these great cities. In 1207 the regions Antalya and Alanya came to be associated with the Seljuk. Antalya changed hands between rules of small kingdoms until the 14th century when it fell to the Ottomans.

Today the city of Antalya is a cultural and tourism hub with much on offer to satisfy the discerning visitor. The region attracts nearly half of the tourists coming to Turkey and the hotels are new and of high standards. The tourism areas east and west of Antalya feature different concepts, there are the two beaches of Antalya itself, Lara and Konyaaltı, the Kundu area is popular for the Theme Hotels and Belek with its 11 golf courses has become an important golf destination of the Mediterranean. While Alanya is well-known for its nightlife and choice of entertainment facilities, Kemer, a small resort west of Antalya, makes its visitors fall in love with its magnificent surroundings and beautiful landscape.

Antalya keeps up with the innovations and developments in the tourism sector while preserving its cultural heritage and the charming Anatolian way of life. Everything relating to history, nature, culture, tradition, shopping and dining exists in this region – combined with the cordial hospitality of the Turkish people.

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