Istanbul gives delegates a fresh choice! Set on the shores of the Bosphorus, the city where East meets West offers conference and incentive planners a destination of sophisticated diversions coupled with the highest quality exhibition and conference venues. It also has luxurious deluxe hotels and service-savvy DMCs.

Fast Facts * Where We Are 12 miles from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport -- served by 43 international airlines -- Turkish Airlines and Delta nonstop from U.S.

* Where to Stay 240 area hotels with 20,098 guest rooms -- 15 percent tax on hotel rooms

* Where to Meet Istanbul Convention & Exhibition Center, 43,000 total square feet of exhibit space, 21 meeting rooms, will add 43,055 square feet of space by May 2000 -- 2 additional conference centers under construction, to be completed in 2001

* Where to Play international dining fare, from Italian to classic Ottoman -- nightclubs, tours along the Bosphorus, dinner cruises, Topkapi Palace Museum and Dolmabahce Museum tours, shopping at bazaars, stores

* What's New airport expansion, enlarged ICEC, Mydonose Show Land, with 6,000-person auditorium

* Weather average temps from low of 36 degrees Fahrenheit in winter to high of 82 degrees in summer

* Did You Know... While Turkish is the official language, English is widely spoken.

Useful Contacts: Deluxe Hotels * Conrad International Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 259 6667 conradint@fornet.net.tr

* Crowne Plaza Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 560 8155 crowneplaza@superonline.com

* Divan Hotel Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 248 8527 divan@divanoteli.com.tr

* Hilton International Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 240 4165 hiltonm@comnet.com.tr

* Hyatt Regency Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 225 7007 hyattist@hyatt.com.tr

* Klassis Resort Hotel Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 727 4049 info@klassis.com.tr

* Richmond Hotel Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 274 4649 belgin@mustang.escortnet.com

* Princess Hotel Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 285 0951 gtemel@hotmail.com

* Swissotel The Bosphorus; Fax: 90 212 259 0103 bosphorus@swissotel.com.tr

* The Mamara Istanbul; Fax: 90 212 244 0509 marmara@verisoft.com.tr Destination Management Companies

* Kongresist DMC; Fax: 90 212 233 7678 contact@kongresist.com

* Mep DMC; Fax: 90 212 275 4009 meptur@meptur.com.tr

* Orion Tour; Fax: 90 212 241 2808 oriontour@compuserve.com

* Setur 90; Fax: 216 474 0678 ustun@setur.com.tr Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau Stats

* Mesrutiyet Cad. No: 57/4, Beyoglu 80050 Istanbul, Turkey

* Phone: 90 212 292 1747

* Fax: 90 212 292 5451

* Web: www.icvb.org

* E-mail: istanbul@icvb.org

* General Manager: Eyup Babur