Posted on 14 February 2011
Convention center to change tourism in Kusadasi
The construction of a convention center in Kusadasi is expected to end next summer and first bookings will be made as of 2010.
Kusadasi Mayor Fuat Akdogan told the Anatolian news agency the center would serve a large part of the Aegean region.
The center, which will sit on a 110,000 square meter area, 40,000 square meters of which will be a closed premise, will be the biggest in Turkey.
“Building a convention center in Kusadasi will serve the airplanes landing in the Adnan Menderes Airport. The counties of Ayvalik, Çesme, Selçuk, Gümüldür, Didim and even Edremit up in the north will be positively affected by the situation,” said Akdogan. “During convention periods, the number of charter planes flying to the region will be increased; therefore, not only hotel owners and tourism agents but also airplane companies will benefit.” The biggest hall at the convention center will have a 5,500-person capacity and the smallest will have a 50-person capacity, the mayor added.
Two hotels, one apart-hotel, tourist attraction centers, a nature park, a zoo and entertainment centers will also be built around the convention center.
Construction work will be finished in late summer and the first reservations will be made in 2010, Akdogan said. “We have already received the first reservation request for 3,684 people and signed a contract with a company. These 3,684 people will stay in Kusadasi for four days. That means about a total of 15,000 overnight stays which is equal to two weeks in a 100-bed capacity hotel.”
Year long tourist attraction
Kusadasi Local Administrator Mustafa Esen said the town would become a tourist attraction center throughout the year after the convention center’s opening.
The biggest attraction point is the port, but with the convention center Kusadasi will have a second point of attraction and be able to increase its income.
“The port is the apple of our eye in Kusadasi, the best showcase of Turkey. The convention center will become the second showcase of our district. We are very positive about this project and have 1 percent share in it. The convention center will be like a ship of our own anchored at the port. It will have many visitors; instead of a daily circulation as we have in ships, we will rather have a circulation of visitors in three to four days. It is the best alternative for convention tourism in Turkey.”
October 17, 2008 Turkish Daily News (Abridged)