Redis­cover Meet­ings & Wed­dings

In an in­ter­view, Ne­cip Fuat Er­soy, MD, In­ter­na­tional Mice and Wed­ding Fo­rum, shares the vi­a­bil­ity of Tur­key as a suited wed­ding desti­na­tion, for the global mar­ket

Micetalk - - Contents - Priti Khanna from An­talya, Tur­key

How has IMWF grown in stature?

The event show­cased the third edi­tion. The first one was held in Mum­bai and Delhi, In­dia. It was like a daily work­shop in two cities with ho­tels and wed­ding plan­ners. Last year, we did it in Belek, An­talya. We merged the event with the EEMA Lead­er­ship Sum­mit. This year, it was branded as ‘IMWF'. We want to cre­ate some­thing with in­tel­lec­tual ground for ev­ery­one and give an op­por­tu­nity to net­work, and not just de­velop some busi­ness.

What is the rea­son for choos­ing An­talya as the venue?

Af­ter last year's achieve­ment of the event, held in Anatlya, the Ti­tanic Group of Ho­tels, showed keen in­ter­est to be­come the Hos­pi­tal­ity Part­ner. The group has ex­em­plary con­ven­tion fa­cil­i­ties and green spa­ces, golf course, and so on. There­fore, IMWF was a vi­able op­tion to be show­cased at the Ti­tanic Deluxe Golf Belek, An­talya.

What are the key take­aways from IMWF? One of the key take­aways for the in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als, at­tend­ing IMWF was the in­spi­ra­tional speech of Sab­bas Joseph, Founder, of Wizcraft. Based on the theme, 'redis­cover', we wanted ev­ery­one to in­tro­spect why they chose this line of work and rekin­dle the en­thu­si­asm. The high point was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the 1800-yearold iconic Aspendos Am­phithe­atre. The sit-down din­ner, sound and light show, also, one-on-one meet­ings with sched­uled ap­point­ments.

What events do you have lined up for 2018?

There could be one more event lined up at the end of 2018 or early 2019, out­side of Tur­key.

What MUST DO ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able for MiCE?

It de­pends on the size of the group. If it is an in­cen­tive travel group, then Belek is an ideal lo­ca­tion be­cause it is in close prox­im­ity of lo­cal at­trac­tions and ho­tels. The old city, har­bor, mar­kets and the night life in down­town is just 25 min­utes' drive from Belek. For meet­ings, An­talya is suited, as it has di­ver­sity of ser­vice and prod­ucts to ful­fill needs of any MiCE group. On the other hand, Belek of­fers plenty of choices. It is the re­sort cap­i­tal of world's tourism. Of the 25 mil­lion tourists com­ing to Tur­key, 12-13 mil­lion come to An­talya.

Eighty per cent of the ca­pac­ity takes place in six months. There is some­thing for ev­ery taste and bud­get in An­talya, espe­cially with the all-in­clu­sive pack­ages of­fered. There is great va­ri­ety of cui­sine op­tion for veg­e­tar­i­ans as well.

How does IMWF help to el­e­vate MiCE and wed­dings for Tur­key? Through show­case of nu­mer­ous of­fer­ings and value for money, the coun­try has to of­fer for groups, IMWF will surely bring in more MiCE busi­ness in years to come.

Enu­mer­ate your growth chart since the past fis­cal? De­mand was five times more this year than the same pe­riod last year.

Of the 25 mil­lion tourists com­ing to Tur­key, 12-13 mil­lion come to An­talya. 80% of the ca­pac­ity takes place in six months

Ne­cip Fuat Er­soy

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