POSTED: March 27th 2013
The Raffles Hotel gives Istanbul 2020 accommodations boost
CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications
March 27 – Istanbul 2020 today its accommodation plans for the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission during the third day of the Commission’s visit. Exciting news also followed, including the announcement of five-star hotel The Raffles opening later this year and the Tourism Ministry’s new statistic of a 12.54 percent increase in foreign visitors to Turkey from 2012 to 2013.
“Every year, more and more people are being attracted to this place, making Istanbul the third most visited city in Europe after London and Paris, and the fifth most visited city in the world,” Istanbul 2020 Head of Accommodation Feza Solaklar said. “With over nine million guests in 2012, the number of visitors to our city has increased by 16%, and visitor spending has increased 21% over the previous year.
“We have thoroughly researched and explored all accommodation options in the city, to make our guests’ stay convenient and affordable. We are ready to ensure that the city will meet its pledge to deliver over 100,000 rooms in time for the Games in 2020 – of which only a third will actually be needed during the Games.”
The Raffles Hotel joins The Istanbul EDITION, The Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons Istanbul, luxury accommodations already available, to create luxurious stays near and easy access to Istanbul 2020’s venues.
“The Raffles Hotel is just the latest in a magnificent array of hotels which are all set within the iconic, cinematic backdrop of Istanbul,” Istanbul 2020 bid leader Hasan Arat said. “The Olympic family and visitors to the Istanbul 2020 Games are assured an unforgettable stay at our highly experienced hotels while enjoying the legendary Turkish hospitality to enhance their Games-time experience. The hotels are ideally situated to ensure easy access to our competition venues which, for the first time in history, will be located on two continents – Asia and Europe.”
“As the fifth most visited destination in the world, Istanbul is used to hosting the vast number of visitors each year who come to experience the city where Europe meets Asia, where East meets West and where cultures come together in harmony to create a truly unique experience,” IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey Ugur Erdener said. “I have no doubt that the first ever Games to be held on two continents would attract a record number of guests – and with this news, the Olympic family, and fans, can be confident that they will be catered for Istanbul is now ready to deliver.”
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