For the third time in a row, Turkish Airlines invited a group of more than 250 participants from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, to celebrate the 12th edition of the Istanbul Tulip Festival.

Organized to empower Istanbul’s tourism sector, travel agencies, media members, and social media influencers from the MENA region were invited on a promotional tour to Istanbul from 29 March and 1 April, 2017.

Guests who attended the event were from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Palestine, Bahrain, Iraq, UAE, Tunisia, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco. As part of the event, workshops were held by 25 hotels from Istanbul which resulted in over 2,250 meetings.

A gala dinner was organized at the end of the program, hosting all participants including the presence of Turkish Airlines CEO, Bilal Eksi. He said: “We are pleased to have organized this event with 12 participating countries contributing to the Turkish tourism sector. In order to increase the number of passengers coming from the Middle East and North Africa region, we as Turkish Airlines will continue to support the Turkish tourism with charter and scheduled direct flights to cities such as Istanbul, Trabzon, Antalya, Bodrum, Izmir, Bursa. When our guests return to their countries, they will make an effort to gain every potential traveler by sharing the beauty of Istanbul, and its touristic richness.”

Sheetal Vijaykumar, a participant in the program organized by Turkish Airlines and Adonis, sponsored by the Pullman, the Hilton, Conrad and Fairmont hotels, said: “Istanbul is a perfect city in every aspect; it is like a diamond on the crown of the world of tourism. Lately, global incidents have affected countries which included Brussels, Paris, London and Istanbul, but now as per my observation, I can say that the future of Istanbul tourism will be as colourful as the opening of tulips.”

In 2005, the first international Istanbul Tulip Festival was organized and for the 12th time this year, participants at the event had the chance to view millions of tulips – in over 120 varieties – across parks, plazas and gardens. The Istanbul Tulip Festival has delivered a successful message at the event that the tulip is native to Istanbul, Turkey, and not Netherlands or Europe.

Turkish Airlines announces new offers

Turkish Airlines, Europe’s Best Airline for the sixth year in a row*, and flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline, is providing enticing and unique offers from the GCC region to Istanbul and to other connecting cities of Turkey.

The offer includes trips to Istanbul, Turkey’s most populous city as well as a strong cultural and financial hub with an additional option of booking onward journey to any other destination in Turkeyat special fares.

This offer is valid until 16 April, 2017 for travel between 1 April and 15 June, 2017. Passengers will be able to book from a wide variety of discounted tickets, including 16 roundtrip flights from the Gulf region.

Flights from Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE can be purchased for as low as AED 1,350 and AED 1,860 with an option to purchase onward tickets for just AED 120 which amounts to a total AED 1,470 and AED 1,980 respectively (including taxes and fees).

The offer is extended to various cities of Saudi Arabia where passengers can book their tickets to Istanbul for as low as SAR 1,166 from Dammam, 1,146 from Jeddah,  Riyadh and Yanbu, SAR 1,296 from Al-Gassim, and SAR 1,096 from Ta’if. These fares provide the option for passengers to connect their flights to any other cities in Turkey at a nominal fare.

Additionally, passengers from Doha, Qatar and Kuwait City can use the same ‘Add-on’ option to purchase tickets to travel for as less as QR 1,220 and KWD 75, and to Manama, Bahrain and Muscat, Oman for just BHD 126 and OMR 144 respectively.

Travel Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is a city well-known for its mosques, bazaars, and Turkish baths keeping visitors happily occupied for an entire trip. The city is also famous for its beautiful architecture and amazing main sights including the Sultanahmet Camii, also known as the Blue Mosque, the Galata Bridge and the Miniaturk Park, which contains tiny artifacts worth seeing.

The Grand Bazaar located in the city also contains thousands of shops to browse, while the Egyptian Bazaar is the most famous covered shopping complex after only the Grand Bazaar and is a fragrant trove of spices and fruit.

While in Istanbul, the main recommendation is to always try the delicious and world renowned traditional Turkish cuisine, consisting of different types of kebabs, and a wide range of flavors that came from the rich Seljuk and Ottoman court cuisines.

BQ Plus Goes to Turkey with Turkish Airlines for the Istanbul Tulip Festival

Stay tuned for the BQ Plus April-May 2017 issue for an exclusive on the Istanbul Tulip Festival!



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