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World Monuments Fund Presents Hadrian Award To
Koç Family

The World Monuments Fund (WMF), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of heritage sites around the world presented its 20th annual Hadrian Award to Rahmi M. Koç, Semahat Arsel, and the Koç Family in recognition of their leadership in conserving the Republic of Turkey's rich cultural heritage. The Hadrian Award honours an international leader whose patronage has greatly enriched the conservation and appreciation of art and architecture around the world. Ambassador Baki Ilkin, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the UN, assisted in the award presentation to the Koç family at a luncheon at the Pierre Hotel on October 19, presided over by WMF Chairman of the Board W. L. Lyons Brown and WMF President Bonnie Burnham, and attended by more than 350 distinguished philanthropists, dignitaries, and business leaders.

Koç Holding's Honorary Chairman Rahmi Koç, who delivered a speech at the ceremony, said that they have supported several museums and projects in Turkey, as well as archaeological excavations carried out to unearth remains of ancient cities such as, Sagalassos, Catalhoyuk and Afrodisias.

“My family and I are very honoured to accept the prestigious Hadrian Award from the World Monuments Fund, “said Rahmi Koç. “We as the Koç family have been committed for a long time to preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of Turkey . This aim, together with furthering education and improving health care, constitutes the trinity of the Vehbi Koç Foundation, founded by and named after our late father. My sisters, our children, and I are very happy that we have been able to continue our father's legacy, working to preserve our county's heritage for future generations.”


Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center Ankara
Won 2 Prestigious Awards

The World Travel Awards (WTA) have announced the regional winners for Europe and Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center, Ankara won 2 prestigious awards: Europe's Leading Conference Hotel and Turkey's Leading Conference Hotel.

The World Travel Awards were conceived in 1993 to acknowledge and celebrate excellence in the world's travel and tourism industry. Now in their fourteenth year, travel professionals and discerning travelers have come to regards the World Travel Awards as the very best endorsement that a travel product could hope to receive.

With thousands of votes cast by travel professionals from 167,000 travel agencies, tour & transport companies and tourism organizations in over 160 countries across the globe, winning a World Travel Award has become one of the highest accolades a travel product or organization can achieve.

World Travel Awards are especially coveted as, uniquely, the votes are cast globally by fellow professionals. With trophies awarded in over 1,000 different categories, the World Travel Awards are undoubtedly the world's most comprehensive awards celebration.


44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Kicks off

Organized by the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK) in collaboration with the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Art (AKSAV), the 44th Golden Orange Film Festival held in the southern Turkish city of Antalya with the participation of famous Turkish and foreign actors, directors and producers between October 19-28.

The 44th edition of the festival featured gala screenings, national and international feature film competitions, short film and documentary competitions and tribute sections as well as panel discussions, award ceremonies and parties.

Francis Ford Coppola, Sophie Marceau, Christopher Lambert, Shekhar Kapur, Jordi Molla, Christopher Doyle, Nicolas Roeg, Miranda Richardson and Rita Tushingham were among foreign guests of the festival.

Winners of the 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival awards are:

44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Honour Awards
Hanna Schygulla
Shekar Kapur
Francis Ford Coppola

44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival National Feature Film Competition Results:
Best Film
"EGG" (Yumurta) Dir: Semih Kaplanoglu

Digiturk Behlül Dal Award for the Best Newcomer
Saadet Isil Aksoy (Actress), "EGG" (Yumurta)

Avni Tolunay Yurici Kargo Jury Special Recognition

Fatih AkinBest Director
Fatih Akin, "EDGE OF HEAVEN"

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor
Tuncel Kurtiz,"EDGE OF HEAVEN"

Best Supporting Actress
Nursel Kose,"EDGE OF HEAVEN"

Ozgu NamalBest Script
"EGG" (Yumurta), Dir: Semih Kaplanoglu – Orcun Koksal

Best Cinematography
Özgür Eken,"EGG" (Yumurta)

Best Editing
Andrew Bird,"EDGE OF HEAVEN"

Best Art Director
Naz Erayda,"EGG" (Yumurta)

Best Music
Zulfu Livaneli
"Bliss" (Mutluluk)

Best Sound Design
Orcun Kozluca
"Bliss" (Mutluluk)

Best Costume Design
Naz Erayda
"EGG" (Yumurta)

Best Make-Up & Hair Design
Ibrahim Karakiz, Suzan Kardes, "Bliss" (Mutluluk)

Best Laboratory
Safak Studios,"Fog and the Night" (Sis ve Gece)

44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival National Short Film Competition

Best Short Film
"Welcome to Baby" (Hosgeldin Bebek)

3rd International Eurasia Film Festival
Best Film
"The Band's Visit" (Bikur Ha-tizmoret), Dir: Eran Kolirin

Under The BombsBest Director
Abdellatatif Kechiche,"The Secret of the Grain" (La Graine et le Mulet)

Critics' Award
"Under the Bombs" (Sous les Bombes)

Netpac Award
Two ex-aequo awards: "Egg" (Yumurta) and "Under the Bombs" (Sous Les Bombes"

International Eurasia Film Festival Script Development Award
50 Reasons All In Her Eyes, Scriptwriter: Cem Akas

The award ceremony for the 44th Antalya Golden Orange and the 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival took place at the Glass Pyramid designed as the ceremonial palace where the awards were given along with fascinating pieces of music played by the celebrated musicians and masters of Turkish music scene; Ilhan Ersahin & Istanbul Sessions, Erkan Ogur the genius guitar performer and the clarinet virtuoso Barbaros Erkose.


Ertugrul Gunay Attended TYD Dinner

Turkish Tourism Investors Association (TYD) held a dinner in honor of Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay in Istanbul on Saturday, October 20.

Delivering a speech at the gathering, Gunay said all the institutions operating in the Turkish tourism sector should be gathered under a single roof. "We need a common working ground for the tourism sector," said Gunay.

Gunay also said all regions and all seasons of Turkey should be introduced to the world. "Turkey is like an open-air museum," said Gunay, underscoring that the country had a forgotten and deserted richness, which could attract a considerable attention if promoted properly.

"We will altogether achieve our goal of welcoming 40 million tourists and reaching a tourism income of 40 billion USD by the year 2013," Gunay said.


Türsab Celebrated 35th Anniversary

Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (Türsab) celebrated its 35th anniversary with a dinner organized at Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center. Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Günay, executives of local travel companies attended this special event.

After a short video presentation of Türsab's history, Basaran Ulusoy; President of Türsab took stage and welcomed minister and guests. Ulusoy stated that the association is just at the beginning of its journey and will have many years to mature. Ulusoy congratulated all members of the industry that brings 20 billion dollars of income annually.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Günay congratulated Türsab's 35th anniversary. Günay expressed his future expectations from the association and industry. Günay predicted that Türsab will celebrate its 50th anniversary at a bigger venue and contribute to double tourist numbers visiting Turkey and income received.

After the speech of minister, former presidents received a plaque for their hard work at Türsab.

The celebration continued with the dance show of the famous Anatolian Fire.


Sarikamis Toprak Hotel Started Winter Season

Early snow at Sarikamis increased hopes for this winter season. Sales and Marketing Manager of Toprak Hotel; Leyla Ölmez Altintas, stated that both national and international interest to their hotel increased since opening of the hotel in September 2005.

Snow fall at Sarikamis after Uludag and Kartape, shows that winter season will be productive for Turkish tourism.

Kars Sarikamis Toprak Hotel has 4 King Suites, 5 Suites, 5 Junior Suites, 11 Corner and 120 standard rooms. The hotel has a total of 350 bed capacity. The hotel has a Snack Bar, A. Bar, Cafe, Night Club and a Conference Room (500 pax).

Some of the other amenities of the hotel are; Health Club, Indoor Swimming Pool, Bowling and Billard Saloons, Fame and Game Center, Cinevision.

Altintas added that the hotel with all its amenities is available to its guests all year round.

Sarikamis Ski Center has a capacity of 2400 people in a hour with computerized ski lifts. The ski course has two stages. First stage has an altitude of 2400 meters, where as second stage has an altitude of 2635 meters. The total length of 9 ski courses is 25 kilometers.

Moreover Sarikamis Ski Center has one ski course which is 50 km long. 5 km of this course is officially registered as International Cross Country Course.


Erzurum is Already Full for Winter 2007

After having been chosen as the host of the 2011 Winter Universiade and the promotions by Erzurum Governor's Office and tourism agents, hotel reservations began three months ago at Palandoken Skiing Center in eastern province of Erzurum.

While reservations for the skiing center normally begin in December, in 2007 such reservations already began in July.

90 percent of all rooms at the Polat Renaissance Hotel and 50 percent of all rooms at the Dedeman Hotel in Palandoken have been reserved.

While most of the reservations have been made by Russian and Ukrainian tourists, Erzurum expects hundreds of tourists from Iran, France, Netherlands and Central Asian Turkic republics.


Antalya Hosts 62nd JCIWorld Congress

The Junior Chamber International (JCI) hosts the 62nd World Congress in the southern Turkish city of Antalya between November 5th and 11th.

Nearly 5 thousand people from 120 countries are expected to attend the 62nd World Congress at Antalya's Topkapi and Kremlin Palace hotels.

Meanwhile, a special football tournament "JCI Football Passion" will also take place in Antalya during the congress.

Sixteen teams to be formed by delegates from all over the world will compete in the cup.

Germany, Syria, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Finland, Congo, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Brazil, France, Canada, Hong Kong, Belgium and South Korea have applied the JCR so far to join the tournament.


Efes Pilsen Blues Festival Started

Efes Pilsen Blues Festival hit the road again on a 40-day long tour across Turkey, starting with the city of Samsun on Friday, November 2nd. Traditionally, the festival tours 20 cities for 23 stops bringing three separate artists from different areas, periods and even styles but all devotees of blues.

The festival not only presents a joyful atmosphere, but also has a sort of mission for smaller cities of the country, which are looked upon as outsiders when it comes to cultural events, let alone visits by foreign blues artists.

Another big asset of the Efes Pilsen Blues Festival is that it can both embrace the past and be visionary at the same time. For example, the festival in 1999 introduced Chris Thomas King to Turkish music listeners, even before he became the most important blues artist in the new millennium.

After his performance on the Coen Brothers movie “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and the soundtrack, King rose to superstardom, and was honored with several Grammy awards. By the time he played on the Academy Award winner “Ray,” he had already played in many Turkish cities.

Embracing the past and the future: Apart from that vision, Efes Pilsen Blues Festival is also big on taking the blues greats to the country. In the last 18 years, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Guitar Shorty and Joe Louis Walker were among the ones to tour with the festival to look at the glorious history of blues. This year's opening act is a perfect example: 63-year-old Adolphus Bell, a one-man band as he calls himself. “I have been doing music my whole life. I never have had any other kind of work,” said Bell. “I have played the streets for 35 years as the One Man Band. I am the best at what I do! No one can do it like me! There are others, but they just do not have the experience. I just look forward in getting out there and doing my music.”

After Bell's soulful performance, John Primer will come into the spotlight with his rocking tunes. The former guitarist of the legendary “Muddy Waters” will undoubtedly electrify the audience with his “The Real Deal Blues Band.” The blues train hits the road and it is strongly recommended that you catch it at a station near you.

Tickets available at Biletix. The schedule: Nov. 2 Samsun (Büyük Samsun Hotel) Nov. 3 Trabzon (Zorlu Grand Hotel ) Nov. 5 Erzurum (Polat Renaissance Hotel) Nov. 7 Northern Cyprus (Jasmine Court Hotel) Nov. 9 Antalya (Divan Talya) Nov. 11 Denizli (Richmond Pamukkale SPA Hotel) Nov. 13 Konya (Rixos Hotel) Nov. 14 Kayseri ( Hilton ) Nov. 16 Adana (HiltonSA) Nov. 17 Mersin (Mer-Yat Armada Center) Nov. 19 Gaziantep (Kalender Plaza) Nov. 21 Diyarbakir (Demirok Facilities) Nov. 23/24 Ankara (HiltonSA) Nov. 27 Eskisehir (222 Park) Nov. 28 Bursa (Almira Hotel) Nov. 30 / Dec. 1 Izmir (Hilton) Dec. 4 Çanakkale (Kolin Hotel) Dec. 5 Kocaeli (Venüs) Dec. 7/8 Istanbul (Lütfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, Rumeli Hall) Dec. 11 Tekirdag (Erguvan Facilities)


Cappadocian Church To Be Presented
with EU's Architectural Heritage Prize

Byzantine era rock-carved Sarica Church, in central province of Nevşehir's Ürgüp town, presented with the "architectural heritage prize" by the Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage.

The church, which dates back to 12th century, was restored between 1997 and 2002.

Europa Nostra jury, which aims at recognising best practices in heritage conservation on a European level, selected the restoration project among 158 others, said Nevsehir Governor Mehmet Asim Hacimustafaoglu.

He added that Europa Nostra executives presented the award at a ceremony in Istanbul on October 16th.

Carved into the slope of a hill in the Kepez Valley, the building was a hidden ruin before restoration. The project made the Sarica Church stand out as a rare example of a successfully restored and renovated rock-carved church in Cappadocia.


Worldmeetings Now Also Established in Turkey

Worldmeetings, a Dutch/German Joint Venture established in 2004, offers a wide range of services for corporate end-users with respect to meetings and events. These services include the regular venue finding and venue booking services as well as a very specialist procurement service ( ) ranging from rate negotiations to the reconciliation of payments to properties. The provision of management information and optimizing savings are considered to be amongst a procurement client's major needs. Recently, Worldmeetings has extended its international network of service centres by signing a deal with Agora Tourism for the support of their services in Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

Worldmeetings services are offered online at as well as via various international offices providing personal support. All according to standardized formats and quality regulations being supported by the same data network. Doing so clients can easily outsource their specific needs with respect to their group bookings, both domestically and internationally. Corporate clients worldwide include ABN AMRO Bank, Manpower, UTC, Solvay and Fortis.

The new Turkish partner is one of the three service centre to be established by Worldmeetings so far this year. Other centres that will be operational in 2007 are based in Greece and the United Kingdom . Worldmeetings already has seven established centres serving Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands and Switzerland . Worldmeetings international service centre takes care of requests for the remaining countries.

Agora Tourism is headed by Osman Genc and Tolga Özkarakas who both have many years' experience on the Turkish meeting market. From their head office in they manage their group with offices in Antalya and Germany . Agora is assigned to manage Worldmeetings' Turkish and Northern Cyprus portfolio of hotels and meeting venues and to take care of its clients' needs for purchasing, delivering proposals, bookings and financial services.

‘We are delighted to be able to offer support in Turkey now as well', says Jan Reijer Brons, Worldmeetings' CEO. ‘Especially for Istanbul which is an upcoming destination for meetings and events. Our group of international service centres is growing rapidly each year. The main advantages of having national establishments include an excellent market knowledge, the ability to offer specialized personal support and a continually increasing buying power. The consolidation of national knowledge and purchasing power as a group offers enormous benefits for our clients on an international level.'