Izmir is the third most populous city in Turkey with an approximate population of 4 million people and has the country s largest port after Istanbul.
Izmir is the lively capital of the Aegean region in western Turkey. Lively, elegant, confident, cosmopolitan Izmir caters for all tastes.
İzmir Airport is located southwest of the city, which is 25 minutes away from the city centre. There are both direct flight from many European cities and frequent connecting flights via Istanbul taking less than an hour.
Historical & Cultural Background
It is a historical and archaeological city that boasts a treasure of historic sites inside and close to the city, with Ephesus, Pergamon, Agora and the Virgin Mary's House being the best-known examples of Izmir’s 8500-year old history.
İzmir offers a wide range of attractions - modern art and history museums, ancient Roman sites, Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, exhibitions, and museums; along with their unique exhibits and style, they all offer a rare combination of relaxation, safety and entertainment. The city has to offer many options for incentive trips and thematic tours. There are great shopping opportunities at local bazaars. Booming resort towns of Alaçatı, Çeşme, and Urla are, ideal for incentive itinerary, famous with its beautiful beaches, cosy and bohemian streets and wines yards.
Olive oil is the most important factor which shapes the local cuisine. The culture of cooking with olive oil and herbals occurred in Greek Islands of Aegean and Anatolian coast side and it developed with mutual cultural exchanges. There are a lot to see in and around Izmir and it has its fair share of lively bars and clubs, top class restaurants
The city has a well-developed facilities for MICE including 5 star deluxe international brand hotels, purpose built convention centre and gala dinner venues. A meeting point for many cultures and artistic disciplines, Izmir is a city of art and culture with festivals and exhibitions, fairs and conventions filling up the city’s calendar year round.