ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition 2016 Ended!

ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition
Congress, meeting and event sector (MICE)’s biggest international gathering ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition opened its doors for the third time this year. 318 companies from 24 countries attended to the exhibition this year and thousands of visitors filled exhibition area. Various seminars and panels were held at the exhibition and national and international famous names met with the attendees.

ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition is organized by the Tourism Media Group with the general coordination of Tatu Event. The exhibition gathers national and international MICE professionals under the same roof. ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition is known as the leader organization of meeting, congress and event sector. In 2016’s exhibition many event planners and congress organizers from 24 countries including Spain, Azerbaijan, Austria and Greece. Deputy Governor İsmail Gültekin, Culture and Tourism Minister Promotional Vice General Manager Ramazan Çokçevik, Istanbul Culture and Tourism Manager Nedret Apaydın, TÜRSAB President Başaran Ulusoy and Turkey Tourism Investors Association Murat Ersoy attended the opening ceremony. Tourism Media Group General Manager Volkan Ataman gave the opening speech of the meeting and mentioned that MICE industry, which has a very important market share in the world economy, continues to grow in Turkey every year and said: “Since 2007, we have been creating the infrastructure of this exhibition and we finally organized the first ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition last year.

We believe we’ve received a lot of attention from both Turkey and the world. ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition is one of the biggest gatherings of the global MICE industry and is more powerful and equipped this year. In our first year 169 and in our second year we had 262 attendees in our exhibition and this year there are 318 attendees from 24 countries, this means a %18 growth. Last year, we hosted 11.687 guests and this year we’re expecting more than 15000 professional guests.

200 foreign hosted buyers from 39 countries and 400 corporate hosted buyers from local market and 150 visitor hosted buyers will be at our exhibition and in total 750 hosted buyers will create intense business collaboration with b2b meetings.Within the exhibition, in 25 different sessions 62 speakers will contribute to the educational development of the sector. Our exhibition continues its road to become the leader exhibition of world MICE industry.”

TÜRSAB President Başaran Ulusoy also spoke at the ceremony and said: “Terror which removes the international travel freedom is not only against Turkey, it is against humanity. We need moral as a sector and banks need to be very understanding because we need government support at MICE. When hotel reservations are full congress rooms must not stay empty.”

Turkey Tourism Investors Association President Murat Ersoy also gave a speech and said: “Turkey developed a lot with its tourism investments in the last 10 years. When we look at last years’ data, we see that in 2011 and 2012, Turkey is in the first place with more than 500 attendees. In 2013, this number became 146 organizations and 8th place, in 2014, 130 organizations and 9th place. Main reason for that wasn’t Turkey not having a good organization infrastructure. It was Turkey not being able to fulfill the desires of the increase in the same level as before.”

Almost 750 national and international Hosted Buyers will be hosted in ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition this year. During the exhibition, there will be seminars and panels on; marketing communication, MICE sector stories, Women of MICE’s stories and success stories of brands in events.

Exhibition area gained a very different ambiance with colorful stands and thousands of MICE professionals did many marketing and sales focused B2B interviews.

Companies held happy hours at their stands at the end of the day. Thousands of people attended to the ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition Network Party at the opening night of the exhibition which was held in Feriye Restaurant.36+