Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau-ICVB was established in 1997 under the umbrella of the Tourism Development & Education Foundation-TUGEV. A non-profit destination marketing organization, ICVB represents Istanbul around the world and is the leading resource for international associations and corporations seeking to hold events in Istanbul. Now entering its second decade, ICVB has played a key role in Istanbuls rapid rise in popularity as a destination for high-profile international congresses and events, ranking among the worlds most popular conference destinations according to ICCA statistics. This success, naturally, reflects Istanbuls centuries old appeal as a meeting place of continents and cultures, but it is also a tribute not only to the Bureaus efforts but also to the outstanding facilities and professional services offered by the citys tourism industry. ICVBs members, cover the full spectrum of the meeting industry, including leading hotels, conference and exhibition centers, DMC/PCOs, airlines and other companies involved directly or indirectly in the conference and incentive tourism sector. Working in close coordination with its members and tourism industry associations, supported by the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, ICVB designs and implements strategic marketing initiatives and special events that raise Istanbuls profile as a conference and incentive destination. ICVB is also an active member of international meetings industry organizations such as the International Congress & Convention Association (ICCA), European Cities Marketing (ECM), the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).