One of the world’s most iconic hotel brands, Raffles, is coming to Istanbul, applauding the city as “a rising star of global tourism” and Turkey as “a rising star of the global economy”.
Raffles Istanbul will open on 1st September 2014 in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a new hub for fashion, food and the arts located on the European shore in Beşiktaş, overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula.
Art will feature heavily in the hotel, and like at Raffles Paris, the sleek modern interiors at Raffles Istanbul will be embellished with an impressive collection of artwork, specially commissioned from local artists, a mix of paintings, sculpture, photography and video installations. Again, as in Paris Raffles Istanbul will have an Art Concierge, to steer guests through the city’s exciting new art scene which, over the last few years, has shifted from heavily traditional to a reinvigorated one, energetically celebrating its new generation of artists.
Peter French, President of Raffles Hotels & Resorts, commented: “Travellers have come to Istanbul for thousands of years: it is a place where people meet, exchange ideas, tell stories, rest, refresh and set out again on their journeys. And it is this tradition of bringing people together – which is very much part of the Raffles philosophy – that is an essential feature of the story of Raffles in Istanbul. The Zorlu Center is a new destination for the city of Istanbul and for people from all around the world. A new icon, both in function and design – very much like our hotels, wherever they are.”
The number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 0.6 per cent year-on-year in March to 1.85 million people, Tourism Ministry data showed. Last year, the number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 9.84 per cent to 34.91 million.