Welcome to Turkey.
FOR YOUR MEETINGS, INCENTIVE, CONFERENCE AND EVENT
Welcome to Turkey! The country of incredible geographic diversity; of modern infrastructure for the tourism industry; of a rich cultural and deep-rooted historical heritage; and of competitive accommodation options and top-class facilities for travellers.
Turkey – just the name itself conjures up visions of oriental splendour, mystery, and intrigue. This was the meeting point of the world’s three great civilizations; Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. But Turkey is not all history. Turkey offers you seas, great outdoors, oriental and exotic atmosphere, delicious cuisine, excellent meeting, and conference facilities, unique event locations…
With a wide range of venues – varying from Ottoman palaces to modern facilities, from cisterns to mansions located on the shores of the Bosphorus – Istanbul awaits you for conventional gatherings.
One of Turkey’s top attractions, Ephesus is the most important and best-preserved ancient city. The ancient city of Ephesus consists of temples, theatres, libraries, houses, and statues – the Celsus Library might be the perfect venue for a glorious gala dinner.
The town of Bodrum is the largest of all small towns on the Peninsula and it is where the heart of the Peninsula beats. The town’s charm is well-known for stunning untouched bays and the cleanest seawater.
At the root of ODS Turkey’s successful and exciting 20 plus years lies 30 years of industry experience, a great team of people, and wonderful local and international partners we are proud to call friends.
Specialisms: Incentives Team Building Events Meetings Product Launches Cruise Handling Congresses Conferences Conventions FIT Corporate Travel Group Travel Special Interests River Cruise Luxury/VIP Travel. SITE, MPI, ADMEI.
Why This DMC?
Being an engineer combined with my passion for technology and new trends drive me to explore the world and to apply the best in my area. As a member of many non-governmental organizations related to the industry, I love meeting new people and I dedicate myself to sharing my almost 30-year experience and knowledge in both national and international industries, with other professionals and young leaders.
Thank you and please let me express our appreciation for your work in preparation, organization, and performing of our restaurant managers’ Convention in Rixos Premium Belek. We admire the professionalism of your team and the love you treat your business. We have seen how easily you settled incredible questions. We have learned from you. We would be happy to work with you and O.D.S.TUR.KEY in the future.
HR Director - world famous food chain – Russia
After returning from Istanbul with a huge successful event, let me say “Thank you” for your hospitality, your time and efforts in putting together the logistics, which were well done, Thank you so much for all the assistance in organizing the most enjoyable and successful event for. Looking forward to further strengthening our business relationship.
President - Global Medical Company Annual Sales Meeting - Vietnam)
We are so very grateful to you for the trip of a lifetime. In 27 years here, I have been richly blessed with extraordinary travel experiences. But Turkey is indeed unique. Its history, culture, archeological sites, cuisine, cities, and countryside all make for a never-to-be-forgotten experience.
Senior Executive Vice President, leading agency - USA
Why choose Turkey – why choose ODS Turkey
THE POWER OF OUR LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
Turkey – just the name itself conjures up visions of oriental splendor, mystery, and intrigue. This was the meeting point of the world’s three great civilizations; Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman. Turkey was the nucleus of the 1,000 years Byzantine Empire with its capital established at Constantinople, now Istanbul. It was here too, that early Christianity first took root, to be replaced with the advent of Islam, first under the Arabs, then under the Seljuk Turks and the Ottoman Turks.
But Turkey is not all history. Turkey offers you seas, mountain ranges, high plateaus, and fertile river valleys – an excellent destination for lovers of nature.
Moreover, today’s Turkey is a safe, modern country with a booming economy. Her cities with their glittering shopping facilities, business towers, and an unparalleled combination of historical sights, state-of-the-art conference facilities, and world-class hotels make it the ideal destination for exciting and memorable concepts of incentive programs including team building ideas, meetings, and congresses.
We know what gets asked a lot about bringing groups to Turkey. Here’s our fast track answers, so you know.
You may find ATMs almost at every street corner. The international credit card Visa is the most practical. Euros and US dollars are mostly accepted and there are many money exchange offices in the cities and tourist areas. Traveler’s checks are perhaps less practical in the sense that you need to queue at the bank.
Turkish is not an easy language to learn and unless you have special interest it will not be necessary for basic communication throughout the country. Almost in all of the touristic places, English will be the most spoken and referred language. Especially in holiday resorts, people can speak at least a little English, German, Russian and French.
In case there remains no choice of verbal communication, you might then experience the various creative ways Turkish people present using any kind of tool (starting from the body language) to understand and be able to meet your needs.
Considered to be one of world’s greatest cuisines along with the French and the Chinese, Turkish Cuisine promises a unique culinary feast for the visitors. Turkey enjoys an abundance of fresh food produced locally because of the pleasant climate and rich soil. The long coastline Turkey has along the Mediterranean Sea means there is always plenty of fresh sea food and vegetables on offer. In fact Turkey is one of the few countries that produce more food than it consumes and is able to export food surpluses.
People in Turkey love salad and this is almost always served before the main food course in any big meal. There are many types of delicious salad and dips served at lunch and dinner as appetizers. If you are visiting a town on the coast of Turkey you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sea food, which is always caught locally and fresh. Fish is usually fried or poached and served with vegetables and lemon juice. If you prefer eating meat then Turkey has great lamb, chicken and beef which are usually cut up and served as a kebab. Kebab is a staple food in Turkey and is charcoal grilled before being served in pita bread stuffed with salad and sauce.
The same alcohol restrictions apply in Turkey as in the rest of the Western world. Wine bars, American bars, Beer bars and local taverns offer all kinds of alcohol – world famous brands as well as local ones, served any time during the day and night. The same applies in hotels, restaurants, night clubs and discotheques.
There are no official dress codes to respect and it is not compulsory for women to wear head scarves. However headscarf for women will be required before entering the mosques where everybody is also asked to remove shoes during their visit. If your clothes are inappropriate, you will be lent a shawl or a scarf at the entrance. Outside the big cities, as in Western Europe, it is always best not to shock the local people by wearing revealing clothes. In Istanbul, as in other cities and seaside resorts, miniskirts, shorts and low-tops fit in with the setting
Turkey’s centrally located land has an easy access from Europe, Asia and the States. Turkey and the main center Istanbul receive flights from all around the world and is a stopover point for many airline companies. Although Istanbul is the main port for airline transport in Turkey, Izmir, Ankara, Antalya, Dalaman airports with direct international flights and Bodrum, Canakkale, Denizli, Kayseri, Nevsehir, Trabzon, Adana, Gaziantep, Samsun with domestic flights through Istanbul are all reachable with airplanes.
Turkish Airlines (THY) is the main airline company that has access to many points in the world. Additional to Turkish Airlines there are some other private airline companies flying between Turkey and European cities such as Anatolian Airlines and Onur Airlines.
Most international airlines have regular flights from all major cities of the world to Turkey’s international airports.