MaviBahçe, which is surrounded by terraced cafes and restaurants, palm trees and pools decorated with flowers, reflects the essence of Izmir with all its aspects; from its architecture to its activities and culinary culture.
Key Hotel General Manager Teoman Şensoy says that they provide personalized services and that all employees have unlimited authority when it comes to customer satisfaction.
Fırat Neziroğlu, one of the successful representatives of fiber art, uses all kinds of natural material of fiber and transforms them into works of art in different forms, and receives awards one after the other for his creations.
Aziz Kocaoğlu, who successfully continues his duty as the Metropolitan Mayor in the second term, describes İzmir as “the future of Turkey” and considers it a jewel awaiting to be processed with its people, rooted cultural values and potential in every field including tourism.
Arif Cön, a felt master from Tire, whose works are on display at İstanbul Topkapı Palace and the British Museum, is taking pride in contributing to our country’s culture tourism.
“The first thing I loved was learning” says Şadan Gökovalı. He is trying to make people love what he has learned through poems, books and tours in Anatolia.
"Rembetiko songs are mostly Aegean region songs that have surfaced simultaneously in Turkey and Greece that came together during the great population exchange.”
Lucien Arkas, who has made an impact in the art life of Izmir lately with the Arkas Art Center and Arkas Nautical History Center says, “We owe Izmir”
The President of the Izmir Jewish Community Foundation Jak Kaya points out that Izmir can be given a new tourism route with the restoration of synagogues and turning them into museums like in Prague.
TÜROFED Chairman of the Board Osman Ayık says that Turkey can expect 80-90 million tourists if tourism can be extended to 12 months.
Muhterem İlgüner, who carries out local and international city branding projects, told us all about the process.
Süleyman Saim Tekcan, who stands out as an educator in the world of art besides his productions, was in Izmir with his retrospective exhibition during Ege Art Days.
Alex Baltazzi loves İzmir so much that he refused a very good job offer, call of her lover and many others enticing offers. Being one of İzmir’s most famous Levantine families’ representatives, Baltazzi says “İzmir is my everything”.
Rüstem Yüksel, who is the president of the Turkish-Egyptian Fellowship Association, the president of the Turkish-Scandinavian Businessmen Association and the Turkish representative of the Arab Tourism Organization, aims to unite health and religious tourism under one roof with his project called “one hour for God, one hour for your heart”.
The book of prominent industrialist Melih Gürsoy, “Our Izmir with its history, economy and people”, written 20 years ago, was translated into English for additional support for Izmir’s EXPO 2020 candidacy process. Gürsoy, who says “İzmir is my love. I have made everything in Izmir” adds that he has paid his dues to the city by writing this book.