Location of CAED 2015 Conference and Practical Information

Location of conference and practical information

Conference Venue: Elite World Istanbul Hotel, Istanbul

The seminar takes place in Istanbul and is organised by TUSIAD – Sabanci University Competitiveness Forum.

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey (population of 15 million), constituting the country's economic, cultural, and historical heart. Istanbul is a transcontinental city, straddling the Bosphorus — one of the world's busiest waterways — in northwestern Turkey, between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea. Its commercial and historical center lies in Europe, while a third of its population lives in Asia. The seminar is hosted at:

Elite World Istanbul Hotel

Şehit Muhtar Caddesi No: 42

34435 Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

How to reach the CAED 2015 Conference

Elite World Istanbul Hotel has a central location at the meeting point of Istanbul in Taksim and is very close to the business, shopping, convention, congress, culture and entertainment centers.

From the Atatürk International Airport:

• Taxi – Taking a taxi to your hotel is the most common used and most convenient option. Just walk out of the airport and you wil l see the official taxis nicely lined up. In about half an hour (without traffic jams), a ride to Taksim will set you back for 66 TL (€20-25) and a few minutes more. Make sure that you write down or print out the exact address of your hotel and the telephone number in order to show to the taxi driver right place to go.

• Shuttle Services – Havataş is municipality run reliable shuttle service. You can find them outside the airport terminal, at the second lane. Every half hour one of their buses heads for Taksim. The ride cost 11 TL (€3.5) per person (luggage included) and takes approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic. It takes 5 minutes to walk from Taksim Havatas bus station to Elite World Istanbul Hotel. For more information, visit the Havataş website.

·         • Public transportation    You can also use public transportation to reach your hotel. Although a little bit cheaper, it is rather adventurous. For starters, you will have to change vehicles/lines (and take plenty of stairs) a few times (operating hours between 6 am and midnight). So only read on if you are travelling light. Keep in mind that every transfer mentioned here requires you to buy a new token, on average 4 TL (€1.20) each and per person. First hop on the metro in the airport (underground) in the direction of Yenikapı (M1A) and hop on M2 metro direction Taksim. It is a long way to go.

Local currency

If you don’t have Turkish liras on you, use one of the many ATMs in the airport to withdraw some cash money. None of the transportation options mentioned below will accept credit cards, foreign currencies or big Turkish lira notes.