National and International Attendee Profiles
We spoke with national and international hosted buyers and exhibitors on ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition 2015 and MICE industry.

Nadezhda Tsoy, Deputy Sales Director – Azimut Hotels

We have hotels in three countries: Russia, Germany and Austria. We know that Turkish market is very interesting and we’re interested in it a lot. We see that there are a lot of DMCs here. It will be much better for the exhibition if more hosted buyers visit it next year because we see a big potential here. I think first day’s Network Party was great.

Eyad Khamis, Regional Sales Directo – Etouches

We recently opened the Middle East operation in Dubai. We’ve been in the industry since 2008. We have offices in the States, London, Australia and Dubai. We bring in technology for the users. I think the exhibition has a very high potential and i hope next year it will be more successful with more participants.

Dorukhan Eren Eldem, Business Development Manager – MCI Group

My thoughts on the exhibition are very positive because with this exhibition we’re able to see our friends in the industry. We’re in the Turkey market for 15 months and even though we’re known in the global sector we’re very new in Turkey. Since yesterday, we’ve spoke with more than 150 people and promoted ourselves. We are doing everything we can to increase the visibility and effectiveness of Istanbul in the industry.

Ersay Yılmaz, Sales Marketing Manager – Tektekçi

We’re attending ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition for the second time this year. In our stand we have a lot of intensity and attention. We’re very happy about this. As Tektekçi, we’ve been in this business for more than a year and we’re developing each and every second.

Nafi Pinhas – Alcoholoco

This is our second year at ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition. We’ve been having the problem of finding a quality exhibition but we’ve solved our problem with ACE of M.I.C.E. All of this exhibitions’ attendees are industry professionals and this is a grand advantage for us. I think that there are a lot of developments since last year. We are an irreplaceable segment of MICE industry. We believe we’re going to develop and grow by adding new ideas to this sector which is getting more and more professional each and every year.

Ceren Gülpınar Arslan, Corporate Sales and Marketing Manager – Five O’clock

We are very happy of our location and to be with our friends. ACE of M.I.C.E. is a wonderful exhibition. We think that everyone developed themselves this year and as Five O’clock, we’re happy to be here and to promote our brand. As an ex-MICE professional, we believe that this industry definitely needs a company like us for promotion products and qualified brand promotions.

Hakan Alakuş, Sales Director – Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

We didn’t have any problems at the second year of ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition. We hope that there will be more corporate hosted buyers next year. As hoteliers, we hope to see both them and MICE companies together. Turkey market is growing each and every day. With infrastructres developing, I think Istanbul became an attraction point.

George Assaf – Marriott Hotels

At the exhibition we had a lot of appointments for each day. We are very satisfied with the exhibition and I believe it can be at a bigger place because it has the potential to grow. We hope that next year the exhibition will be much bigger and we are definitely going to have a stand there. I think İstanbul and Turkey has a huge potential and a lot to offer.

Andrea Novelli – International Meetings Industry Professional

Istanbul, the old Costantinopoli is the perfect location to hold the event for European and Asian meetings industry to meet. At the time of Costantinopoli, it were mainly boats connecting people of different Continents, now, Istanbul time, there are a lot of flights. The major airline company with more than 250 destinations covered is Turkish Airlines. The appointment is there: ACE of M.I.C.E. organized by Turizm Medya Grubu. Not to be missed.

Ruchi Aggarwal, Director Marketing and Strategy – Microsoft India

“As a first time attendee to ACE of M.I.C.E. @ Istanbul, I was amazed at the maturity of conversation that this young event had attained. In only its 2nd year of existence, the variety of options of destinations and service providers at the event, was amazing. Interactions were rich, use of English was not a barrier and the ambience – very warm. True to the nature Turkish hospitality! The section on the use of technology in MICE was truly innovative and I found myself picking up a lot of contacts through the time I spent there. What really stood out for me was the 360 degree nature of impact this event aims to create – Exhibition, Speaking tracks for thought leadership, Networking, Industry awards and more! Kudos to Turizm Medya Grubu and I would love to be at ACE of M.I.C.E. 2016, which no doubt will be bigger and better! All the best.”