GLOBAL MEETING 2015

World Tourism Forum Global Meeting 2015 was held with the support of the Ministry Culture and Tourism. Leaders of the tourism industry from Europe, USA, Russia, the Caucasus and Azerbaijan discussed the future of industry and exchanged ideas at the forum.

Traveling around the globe is becoming more important day by day both for consumers and businesses. New channels such as social media, online reservation and traveling consultancy websites are very popular among travelers.

In recent years the political crisis has influenced the tourism potential of some countries. Not only the politics but also economy and health issues are affecting the tourism negatively.

Parallel with developments in technology and tourism, aviation industry also shows fast growth. Due to the expansion in tourism industry, secure and fast aviation transportation has become very important around the globe.

SPEAKERS

Bulut Bağcı
President, World Tourism Forum
    Ait Voncke
    Vice President Account Management EMEA, Expedia
      Başak Erel
      Coordinator, MLP Care GroupCoordinator
        Cem Kınay
        President of The O Innovations 360 and Founder of Magic Life AI Hotels
          Cengiz Aydın
          Deputy General Manager of Promotion, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
            Eyüp Gümüş
            Undersecretary of Ministry Health, The Republic of Turkey
              Florian Sengstschmid
              Executive Director, Azerbaijan Convention & Visitors Bureau
                Fredrik Reinfeldt
                Former Prime Minister, Sweden
                  Ken Jamieson
                  General Manager, Qatar National Convention Centre
                    Marty Markowitz
                    Vice President, Borough Engagement and Promotion NYC & Company
                      Milena Djuricic
                      Chief Operations Officer, Yandex Turkey
                        Nedret Apaydın
                        Director, Istanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism
                          Özgül Özkan Yavuz
                          General Manager, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau
                            Svend Olav Leirvaag
                            Vice President Industry Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, Amadeus
                              Terry Kane
                              Head of Travel, Instagram & Facebook
                                Timur Bayındır
                                President, Touristic Hotels & Investors Association
                                  Todd Benjamin
                                  Financial Editor, CNN International
                                    Tickets
                                    1000
                                    Discussions
                                    25
                                    Speakers
                                    50
                                    Visitors
                                    1500
                                    Agenda

                                    Topics covered at the forum were included Online Tourism, Effects of Politics on Tourism, Health Tourism, Destination Marketing, New Vision in Aviation, Hospitality and Advertising Solutions in Tourism.

                                    • 29 Aprıl
                                      Day 1
                                    • 30 Aprıl
                                      Day 2
                                    • Welcome Dinner
                                    20:00 - 22:00 Rixos Pera Hotel, Istanbul

                                    • Sessions
                                    Opening and Protocol Speeches
                                    10:00 - 10:30

                                    Bulut Bağcı - President, World Tourism Forum
                                    Timur Bayındır - President, Touristic Hotels & Invenstors Association
                                    Eyüp Gümüş - Undersecretary - Ministry of Healty of Republic of Turkey
                                    Nedret Apaydın - Director, İstanbul Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism

                                    Advertising Solutions for Tourism Sector
                                    10:30 - 11:00

                                    Milena Djuricic - Chief Operating Officer, Yandex Türkiye

                                    Online Tourism
                                    11:00 - 11:30

                                    Todd Benjamin - Financial Editor, CNN International
                                    Ait Voncke - Vice President Account Management EMEA, Expedia
                                    Martin Verdon Roe - Vice President Global Display Sales, TripAdvisor
                                    Svend Olav Leirvaag - Vice President, Amadeus
                                    Terry Kane - Head of Travel MENA, Facebook & Instagram

                                    Effects of Politics on Tourism & Health Tourism
                                    11:30 - 12:30

                                    Fredrik Reinfeldt - Prime Minister, Sweden (2006 - 2014)

                                    Lunch & Networking Time
                                    12:30 - 13:15

                                    Health Tourism
                                    13:15 - 13:45

                                    Başak Erel - Group Coordinator, MedicalPark1

                                    Promotion Strategies of Turkey
                                    13:45 - 14:15

                                    Cengiz Aydın - Deputy General Manager of Promotion, Republic of Turkey

                                    Destination Marketing
                                    14:15 - 15:15

                                    Özgül Özkan Yavuz - General Manager, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau
                                    Ken Jamieson - General Manager, Qatar National Convention Center
                                    Florian Sengstschmid - Executive Director, Azerbaijan Convention Bureau
                                    Marty Markowitz - Vice President, Borough Engagement and Promotion NYC

                                    Coffee Break & Networking Time
                                    15:15 - 15:30

                                    New Vision in Aviation
                                    15:30 - 16:00

                                    Murat Baş - Senior Vice President, Network Planning, Turkish Airlines

                                    New Generation of Hospitality
                                    16:00 - 16:30

                                    Cem Kınay - President, Steingenberger Hotel Maslak, Istanbul

                                    Technology Solutions in Tourism
                                    16:30 - 17:00

                                    Bora Aydınlı - Hospitality and Media Sector Manager, Samsung

                                    Closing Ceremony
                                    17:00 - 17:15

                                    World Tourism Awards Ceremony
                                    20:00 - 23:00

                                    Partners

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                                    34353, Turkey