Where to Host a Conference in Istanbul

If you’re thinking about hosting a conference in Istanbul, you’ve chosen a great destination. Not only is it the gateway between Europe and Asia, it has fabulous conference facilities in a sophisticated, cosmopolitan setting that holds many attractions outside of work. Here’s a peek at three different conference options in Istanbul, from a major convention center to a boutique hotel meeting venue, one of which is sure to be right for your business.

Industry Conventions

For an industry-wide convention, global product launch or major political event, the Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar – Istanbul Convention & Exhibit Center (ICEC) is an ideal host. They can accommodate up to 6,000 visitors in their 26 meeting rooms and 7,000-square-meter Rumeli Fair and Exhibition Center. With a ballroom measuring 2,100 square meters and the Anadolu Auditorium, which seats 2,000, the ICEC is one of Istanbul’s most sizable venues.

This is considered the most expensive option. Extensive research should be done on what kind of conference you are looking for and how many people are guaranteed to attend.

Large Meetings

The World Trade Center Istanbul (WTCI) is the globe’s largest at 500,000 square meters, and this is another great locale at which to host a major event. The Expo Center boasts 97,000 square meters for exhibitions, and the Business Center of 180,000 square meters holds 130 shops and 346 offices.

This option is less expensive than industry conventions, but the same type of research ought to be conducted here. It is best practice to not spend an extensive amount of money on an event that won’t attract the full capacity of attendees.

Intimate Business Conferences

While enormous venues may be necessary for some meetings, there are many times you may desire smaller quarters for more private business transactions and intimate speaking engagements. For this type of meeting, the Hotel Büyük Keban is the perfect setting. We offer everything the larger centers do on a scaled-down basis.

Our boutique hotel features two meetings rooms, which can hold up to 25 – 80 people, respectively. Seating can be configured any number of ways to suit your company’s needs, including rows, U-shape, small groups and theater style.

Hotel Büyük Keban is a leader in meeting room technology. Both our rooms offer private WiFi networks as well as the following amenities:

  • Wireless Bose L1 sound systems
  • Projectors with DVI, VGA and HDMI output
  • Wireless microphones
  • Laser pointers
  • Flip charts
  • Automated controls for slide changing, lights and air conditioning

We also offer a variety of accommodations for overnight stay, a full breakfast buffet in our restaurant, a hair salon and barber shop, a lobby bar that is open 24/7 and spa with a traditional Turkish hammam (bath).

Additionally, if you need dinner reservations, transportation to and from the nearby Atatürk Airport or directions to world-class landmarks just outside our doors in Istanbul’s Old City, our Concierge Department is there to assist you.

If you are seeking a meeting space for a smaller group, Hotel Büyük Keban will offer you all the amenities you expect at larger venues with the personalized service of a boutique hotel. Contact us today to see how we can make your next meeting successful for your business, and we can get started arranging your conference exactly how you envision it.