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Istanbul - Business Tips


Local Economy

Istanbul has made the most of its prime location between Asia and Europe. It has always been a vital port, and now the financial health of all of Turkey largely depends on Istanbul. The city has moved from an ancient trading hub to a modern port, and by itself, it generates more than half of all of Turkey’s trade and 21.2 percent of the Gross National Product. The Gross Domestic Product in 2005 was a robust $133 billion.

Istanbul is Turkey’s industrial heart, and the city and its environs produce a host of items, such as fruit, olive oil, tobacco, cotton, textiles, oil products, rubber, metal ware, chemicals, leather goods, pharmaceuticals, glass ware, machinery, electronics, paper products, and alcoholic beverages.

The city also boasts a strong financial sector and is home to the Istanbul Stock Exchange (ISE), the only securities market in Turkey. There are both Turkish and international banks in the Levent and Maslak districts: Citibank, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, ING, Banca di Roma, Deutsche Bank, and Commerzbank are among the major financial institutions that operate from Istanbul. Wealth is unevenly distributed within Turkey, and especially within the city of Istanbul, so it is not uncommon to see squalor next to opulent palaces.

One of Istanbul’s strongest and most important industries is tourism. Thousands of hotels have sprung up in the city, with more planned all the time. In 1998, 9.75 million visitors traveled to Turkey. Just ten years later, that figured jumped to an incredible 30.9 million. The country earned $17.5 billion on its tourism trade, much of it due to its incredible cultural hub, Istanbul.


Etiquette

Istanbul Local Customs and Business Etiquette
Don’t get right down to business. Instead, take time to chat about Istanbul’s beautiful attractions, the latest Galatasaray game, or your host’s family. Polite inquires, especially about their children, are always appreciated. This is not idle chit-chat. This is the foundation of a solid business relationship. The time you spend at long, leisurely breakfast or dinner meetings will help you impress your hosts and make them amenable to doing business with you. Be courteous and maintain eye contact. One thing to be aware of: Turkish people tend to stand much closer while talking. Resist the urge to back up as this is seen as very rude. Any written materials you have should be printed in both English and Turkish, including your business card.

Observe good business practices, like being punctual, respectful, prepared (that includes being prepared with the latest soccer scores), and social. To do business with you, the Turks have to know you – and it always helps when they like you. Turks care more about the social aspect of these first meetings than about formality and ritual, so try to relax.

Istanbul Dress Code
Styles of business dress in Istanbul are much the same as in other industrialized areas. Men are expected to wear a conservative suit and tie, and women should wear business suits with either a skirt or pants. During the hot and sticky days of mid-summer, it is acceptable to wear lighter attire; men may shed the jacket and perhaps even the tie, depending on how formal the business is in general. Women can wear lighter fabrics, such as linens or cottons, without a jacket. Men should not wear shorts in a business atmosphere, and because Turkey has a large conservative Muslim population, women should strongly consider covering their legs and arms and wearing clothing that is not too tight or revealing.

Greeting Someone in Istanbul
Business is personal. When meeting someone in Istanbul, it is better not to jump right into business. Instead, take time to ask about the person’s family, his favorite football team, or some suggestions for sights that you should see during your stay. The first meeting is usually more social in nature – but it is still vital to creating a positive business relationship. You commonly call a man by his first name and add “bey” (bay) to the end. For a woman, the first name is followed by “hanim” (ha-num). If you are meeting someone with a title, such as doctor or professor, use the title first, and then the first name. Senior staff is introduced first, such as “Mr. Manager, Mudur Bey.” It is then appropriate for you to refer to him as Mudur Bey.

It is important to follow the cues when meeting someone. For instance, men of the Muslim faith will likely not shake a woman’s hand. In this case, a slight bow is appropriate. If someone offers his hand, take it. If not, a bow is certainly respectful.

Business Hours and Banking
Business hours are typical of other industrial areas. Banks are open Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, with many offering extended evening hours and shortened Saturday hours. Most businesses are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm, and shops and malls have longer hours to accommodate resident and visiting shoppers. In the hot summer, many government offices and similar businesses are closed in the afternoon.

Istanbul Smoking
Do not smoke in public, enclosed places, such as theaters, shops, and public transportation. Many restaurants and bars allow smoking, and Istanbul is still tolerant of smokers, for the most part. In fact, smoking from the narghile, or hookah, is a time-honored Turkish tradition, and you can still do this in many areas of the city, such as Yaniceriler Ceaddesi. In general, don’t smoke in front of nonsmokers and children.





Hotels in Istanbul, Turkey

InterContinental Ceylan

InterContinental Ceylan

Asker Ocagi Caddesi No. 1, Taksim, 34435 Istanbul, Turkey

Description The InterContinental Ceylan Istanbul Hotel is located in the heart of the city and offers the very best in Istanbul hotel accommodation. From the hotel's convenient location, guests can access the best of Istanbul's cultural, tourism...




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Best Western Acropol Hotel - Istanbul

Best Western Acropol Hotel - Istanbul

Akbiyik Cad No: 25, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Acropol Hotel is an attractive hotel in the middle of the historical triangle of Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia and Marmara Sea. Discover the secrets of the history in the heart of old and modern Istanbul. Within walking distance of the hotel enjoy shopping...




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Best Western Antea Palace Hotel

Best Western Antea Palace Hotel

Kucuk Ayasofya Mah Yusuf Askin No. 28, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, TR 24400, Turkey

The Best Western Hotel Amber is an Ottoman house built in the 19th century. The interior has been restored and offers a traditional Turkish bath, sauna and billiard room. We are situated in the central district of Istanbul within a five-minute walk to St. Sophia, Topkapi...




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Best Western Citadel Hotel

Best Western Citadel Hotel

Kennedy Caddesi Sahil Yolu No.32, Ahirkapi, Istanbul, TR 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Citadel Hotel is situated near the old city center and all historical sites. The hotel has a wonderful view of the Marmara Sea and overlooks the Prince Islands. You may freely fish just by crossing the street. The Best Western Citadel Hotel is located...




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Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi

Millet Cad 186 Topkapi, Istanbul, Turkey

The Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is an elegant and disctinctive five star premium hotel, member of the Barcelo Hotels and Resors Chain. The hotel is located European side of Istanbul, is just 10 KM from the international airport and the Exhibition Center, The Grand Bazaar... more
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Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Palace Kempinski

Ciragan Caddesi 32 Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul's Ultimate Luxury HotelThe Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul The Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, once the home of Ottoman sultans, is dramatically... more
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Four Seasons Bosphorus

Four Seasons Bosphorus

iragan Caddesi No. 28, Besiktas, 34349 Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Description: The Four Seasons Istanbul is constructed within the original facade of a 100 year old prison, and has been remarkably restored with just 65 guest rooms and Suites. The building's exterior of Turkish neo-classic architecture... more
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Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency

Taskisla Caddesi, Taksim, 34437 Istanbul, Turkey

The Hyatt Regency Istanbul Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel situated minutes away from Istanbul's historic and business points of interests. Staying at this Hyatt Regency in Istanbul, guests... more
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Swissotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Swissotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Bayildim Caddesi No. 2, Macka, Befliktafl, 34357 Istanbul, Turkey

The Swissotel Istanbul is adjacent to Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of the Ottoman Sultans and surrounded by 65 acres of parkland. The hotel is unique with its variety of dining and catering options offering an extensive variety of cuisines. A vast majority of... more
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The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul

Suzer Plaza, Askerocagi Caddesi No. 15, Sisli, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is the only city in the world to sit astride two continents, and was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Now a vibrant metropolis, it has centuries of history as a bridge between Europe and Asia and as a crossroads of civilizations.... more
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The Sofa Hotels and Residences

The Sofa Hotels and Residences

Tesvikiye Caddesi 41-41A, Nisantasi, 34367 Istanbul, Turkey

Hotel Introduction A new generation of luxury accommodations, downtown Istanbul, in the fashionable area Nisantasi-Istanbul's shopping and gourmet district where you have most prestigious international labels and the city's best restaurants, bars and... more
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Hilton Istanbul

Hilton Istanbul

CUMHURIYET STREET 80600 HARBIYE ISTANBUL TURKEY Istanbul Turkey

The Istanbul Hilton Is Centrally Located Near The Taksim Square. It Is Situated In Beautiful Gardens Overlooking The Bosphorus And Is Within Walking Distance Of Business / Shopping And Entertainment Areas - The Hilton Convention And Exhibition Centre Is Adjacent... more
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Hilton ParkSA Istanbul

Hilton ParkSA Istanbul

Bayildim Caddesi 12, Istanbul, Turkey

We are pleased to announce the reopening of Hilton ParkSA after a full renovation period. The New Hilton ParkSA offers a full range of state-of-the-art amenities and facilities to suit the changing needs of our guests. Hilton ParkSA has a spectacular view of the Bosphorus... more
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Miapera Hotel

Miapera Hotel

Kamerhatun Mah, Mesrutiyet Cad. No:34, 34435 Beyoglu / Istanbul

Close to Taksim Square and with great spa facilities, the Miapera is a boutique hotel that impresses with its mix of historical exterior and luxury, ultra-stylish interior design. more
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Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul

Moevenpick Hotel Istanbul

Buyukdere Caddesi 4.Levent Istanbul 34330 Turkey

Hotel Introduction Recently opened stylish 5-star boutique business hotel with 249 spacious rooms, superb restaurants and meeting facilities for up to 600 guests. Located in the centre of uptown in 4 Levent, the prime business district, next... more
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Berr Hotel

Berr Hotel

Akdeniz Cad., No: 78 34080, Fatih, Istanbul,

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Best Western Amber Hotel

Best Western Amber Hotel

Ciftegelinler Caddesi No 3, Kumkapi, Istanbul, 34126, Turkey

The Best Western Amber Hotel is set near the sea side, in the oldest and most colorful district of Istanbul, which is still a functioning fishing village. It is in walking distance from the Sultanahmet Square with Istanbul's most famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Top... more
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Best Western Empire Palace

Best Western Empire Palace

Hocapasa Mah. Hudavenigar Cad. 17/19, Sirkeci, Istanbul, TR 34110, Turkey

The Best Western Empire Palace opened in April 2004 and is located in the heart of the historic, old city part of Istanbul.It is established with the latest luxury decorations inside and offers high quality service. The guest can meet more than their expectations in... more
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Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel

Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel

Topcu Caddesi No: 34, Taksim, Istanbul, TR 34437, Turkey

Experience traditional Turkish hospitality while in the center of Istanbul, at the Best Western Eresin Taxim Hotel. You will be within walking distance of all Istanbul has to offer, including the Lutfu Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Center, Concert Hall, Art Gallery and... more
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Best Western Hotel Obelisk

Best Western Hotel Obelisk

Mimar Mehmetaga Cad. No. 17/19, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34400, Turkey

The Best Western Hotel Obelisk & Sumengen is a 19th century Ottoman house which has been converted into a luxury hotel. Situated on a quiet side within walking distance to St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar, Toptapi Palace, Blue Mosque and offering a breathtaking view of Marmara... more
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Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa

Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa

Akbiyik Cad. No 38, Sultanahmet, Istanbul, 34122, Turkey

Welcome to Best Western Premier Regency Suites Hotel-Spa! A boutique hotel located 200 meters away from Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque. Overlooking the Bosphorus and St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia) from the Terrace Restaurant and most of the rooms. All rooms are one bedroom suit... more
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Best Western Senator Hotel

Best Western Senator Hotel

Gencturk Caddesi - Sirvanizade Sokak 7, Sehzadebasi, Istanbul, TR 34470, Turkey

The Best Western Senator Hotel is situated in the heart of the old city within walking distance to major attractions like St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, the Islamic Arts Museum, Topkapi Palace, Archeological Museum and Grand Bazaar. The Best Western Senator Hotel... more
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Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel

Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel

Tashan Cad. No-57, Bakirkoy, Istanbul, TR 34142, Turkey

The Best Western Tashan Business & Airport Hotel is ideally located 9 kilometers from Atatrk International Airport and 10 kilometers from the center of Old City (St. Sophia, Grand Bazaar and several museums) with easy access to main highway, train stations and sea bus.... more
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Best Western The President Hotel

Best Western The President Hotel

Tiyatro Cad 25 Beyazit, Istanbul, TR 34126, Turkey

The Best Western The President Hotel is located in the center of old city Istanbul, a veritable shopper's paradise. We are within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and many other historical sites such as, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. Breakfast is served... more
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Holiday Inn Istanbul City

Holiday Inn Istanbul City

Millet Cad. No:187 Topkapi Istanbul 34280 TURKEY

Introduction Istanbul is the city where Asia meets Europe, with cultural heritage and natural beauty. Holiday Inn Istanbul City located next to the impressing historical city walls of Istanbul reflects the spirit of this very special city.... more
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Holiday Inn Istanbul

Holiday Inn Istanbul

Sahilyolu,Ataky,Istanbul,34710 Turkey

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Lion Hotel

Lion Hotel

lamartin Cad. No. 45, Taksim

The Lion Hotel is located in Taksim, which offers business, fun and a cultural center.Taste the unique dishes of Turkish and international cuisine at our Galaxy Restaurant. Relax at the swimming pool and enjoy the sun on our terrace. At the end of an exciting... more
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Pamphylia Hotel

Pamphylia Hotel

Yerebatan Caddesi, No. 47, Sultanahmet

Hotel Pamphylia is one of the oldest buildings in the area and architectually remarkabe. We are located right in the old city and within walking distance to all attractions. Rooms are decorated according to Ottoman style to meet guest's tastes and comfort. Our restaurant,... more
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Poem Hotel

Poem Hotel

Akbiyik Cad. Terbiyik Sok. No. 12

The Hotel Poem...at the very center of the old Sultanahmet: modern comfort and convenience surrounded by vivid reminders of the Byzantine and Ottoman past. An Ottoman style boutique hotel, the Poem was designed in the style of traditional Ottoman urban residences and... more
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