The group landed at Ataturk airport on Wednesday (25 March), and checked in to the Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus hotel, before heading out for a traditional Ottoman-inspired dinner at Asitane restaurant in Edirnekapi. Later there was a trip to the Uniq Mueseum for a private viewing of the Magnificent Century TV series exhibition.
The next day, the group enjoyed a tour of World Trade Centre Istanbul, before visiting the Grand Hyatt Atakoy for a mezze-style lunch. A tour of the Grand Cevahir followed, before the group arrived at the Beyoglu district and enjoyed a wine tasting on a balcony above the busy shopping district below. Dinner was at PeyDerPey restaurant high above the city, with views of the European and Asian sides of the city as the sun set. After-dinner drinks were supplied by Hard Rock Café Istanbul, where vistors could try their hand at creating some classic cocktails.
On Friday (27 March) the day started with a tour of the Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Centre, before travelling to the Conrad Istanbul hotel for a buffet-style networking lunch with a host of local DMCs. The group then took a tour of Sait Halim Pasha Mansion on the waterfront, before being transferred by boat to the Suada Club (a manmade island between the European and Asian sides of the Bosphorus), to enjoy a dinner at G-balik fish restaurant.
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