Turkish Airlines attracts GCC tourists to experience ‘International Istanbul Tulip Festival 2015’
10th edition of ‘International Istanbul Tulip Festival to take place from April 11 – May 3, 2015 Visitors from Qatar can fly roundtrip from Doha to Istanbul for only QAR 1,670 onwards in Economy Class.
Doha, Qatar; April 15, 2015: Turkish Airlines, the national carrier of Turkey and Europe’s Best Airline*, is celebrating the upcoming ‘International Istanbul Tulip Festival 2015’ from April 11 – May 3, 2015, providing visitors and residents alike with competitive prices and promotions to one of the world’s fascinating tourist destinations.
The 10th edition of the Istanbul Tulip Festival, which launched in 2005 for the first time with the motto ‘Istanbul meets its Tulips’, will be held by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Parks and Gardens Directorate. Emirgan Woods and Göztepe 60th Year Park will host several events.
Tulips will blossom in the gardens, squares and parks of Istanbul as part of the festival. Moreover, a ‘Tulip Carpet’ – a first in the world – in which 545,000 tulips will be used will roll into life in Sultanahmet Square. Turkish bands as well as ‘Ebru’ marbling artists will offer a fun time to visitors with live performances at both of the main event venues throughout the festival.
Turkish Airlines will be flying tourists from across its 269 destination network to enjoy the delights of the festival. The city is frequented by increasing number of GCC tourists, the fastest growing market for the airline.
The ticket fare is currently valid until May 31, while the ticketing period is valid until April 26. Visitors from Qatar can fly roundtrip from Doha to Istanbul for only QAR 1,670 onwards in Economy Class.
Mehmed Kursad Caymaz, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Qatar, said: “Istanbul is one of the most popular destinations of the world for city breaks from the GCC, with a flying distance of less than five hours. The upcoming tulip festival has been a major calendar highlight attracting millions of foreign visitors to the city over the last 10 years and we are confident of its continued success.
“As Turkey’s national flag carrier we are delighted to promote Istanbul’s touristic offering and this year we have already witnessed a 6.44 percent increase in passenger traffic from the GCC, an upward growth trend which we anticipate sustaining through the continued success of campaigns like the International Istanbul Tulip Festival.”
Photography and painting exhibitions will be held as a part of the annual event. Held for the first time in 2013, the Tulip Cup International Tennis Federation (ITF) Women's Tennis Tournament will bring tulips and sports together. Furthermore, the Istanbul Tulip Festival Intercollegiate Beach Football Tournament will take place as it does every year. For the last nine years, the festival has witnessed various exhibitions, symposiums, live performances, shows and award ceremonies.
Thanks to the ‘Tulip Festival Chronological Photography Exhibition’, visitors will get a chance to observe the events that took place in the previous years. Moreover, live tulips will be sold at sale points in Emirgan Park and Göztepe 60 Year Park during the festival. The festival will also host many artists and works of art. With live concerts by Turkish bands, visitors will inhale the invigorating air of spring.
The most beautiful tulips of Istanbul will be chosen as a part of the International Tulip Festival, as is done each year. The photographs featuring tulips that blossom in every corner of the city will also compete with each other. Additionally, millions of tulips have been planted in the parks of Istanbul as a part of the festival. Emirgan Park is currently home to 2,800,000 tulips of 192 different varieties, Göztepe 60 Year Park contains 1,187,000 tulips of 161 types, Gülhane Park contains 1,379,000 tulips of 86 different types and Yıldız Park has 730,000 tulips of 32 types planted.
Whether visitors chose to indulge in the latest fashion brands or explore the magical bazaars of Istanbul, Turkish Airlines offers affordable luxury for the journey. Its Miles & Smiles loyalty programme rewards frequent flyers; Wingo promotions provide competitively priced tickets; and guests travelling business class can enjoy Europe’s largest CIP lounge in Istanbul.
For more details including flight schedules of Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com, or contact the call center on +974 4443 3027 or visit any Turkish Airlines sales office.
About Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today a four-star airline with a fleet of 269 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 269 cities around the world. One of the fastest growing airlines, it has received several “Passenger Choice Awards” from Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX). In 2014, Turkish Airlines, for the fourth consecutive year, was named “Best Airline in Europe” by Skytrax. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service" and in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world's "Best Business Catering Service" and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” prizes in the Skytrax survey.
Turkish Airlines flies to more countries in the world than any other airline (109 countries over five continents). The global airline won the SkyTrax Award, known as the “Passengers Choice Awards,” for the “Best Airline in Southern Europe” consistently in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Skytrax named Turkish Airlines “Best Premium Economy Seats in the world” for its Comfort Class seats.
Turkish Airlines Quality
In order to keep alive its brand equity, which provides a serious advantage in terms of competition, Turkish Airlines invests in its quality of service, in-flight entertainment systems, comfortable seats, gourmet cuisine and its employees. Turkish Airlines is always on the forefront of the latest technological advances and innovations in the aviation industry and boasts one of the youngest fleets. As the airline expands its routes and number of aircraft, continuous training of its employees is of the utmost importance in insuring the safety of its passengers.
Turkish Airlines regards flight safety and service quality as two of the most indispensable necessities. Turkish Airlines currently holds a four-star ranking and consistently strives to secure a five-star ranking.
Turkish Airlines properly fulfills the responsibilities of being a pioneer within the industry, and is determined to carry out its mission on moving forward. Furthermore it maintains its goal of becoming a regional leader and a prominent global airline, preferred for its unparalleled service, superior quality, trustworthiness and reliability.
In addition to Europe, Turkish Airlines is also strategically expanding its network into Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North and South America. As one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, Turkish Airlines holds a strategic position between the East and West.
Facts & Figures
- Number of aircraft: 269 (passenger and cargo)
- Aircraft types: A340-300, A330, A321, A320, A319, B737-400, B737-800, B777 ER
- Hubs: Istanbul, Ankara
- Frequent flyer program: Miles & Smiles
- Number of destinations: 269 (226 international, 43 domestic)
Network strengths: Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Far East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America