Ramada is expanding in Turkey

Today’s Zaman - “Ramada, a major international hotel chain, is in talks with investors to build new hotels in Turkey,” a senior executive of the company has said. Speaking to Today’s Zaman, Murat Keloglu, the CEO of the Ramada Hotel in Istanbul, revealed that they are considering the cities of Izmir, Ankara, Adana and Istanbul for the new hotels. He also emphasized that Turkey is increasingly becoming an important destination for conferences and conventions. Keloglu noted that the industry expects 20,000 people to visit Turkey in 2009 to participate in major conferences. At the top of the list comes the World Water Forum, with World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings scheduled to take place in Turkey next year. “It used to be concentrated in Istanbul and other big cities,” says Keloglu, adding: “That is no longer the case. More and more luxury hotels and resorts are being built, especially concentrated along the Aegean and Mediterranean coastlines. They offer huge convention and conference facilities away from metropolitan cities.”