Istanbul – Emirates Tourism Magazine
The UAE has become a major market for Ritz Carlton Hotel in Istanbul, which is keen to develop tourism ties with its travel partners in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, according to the Hotel’s General Manager.
Mr. Can Goctas said tourists from the UAE, and the other GCC members: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman account for nearly 35 per cent of the total guests at the Hotel round the year.
Speaking to GCC journalists at the Hotel, he said the Ritz Carlton is ready to receive families, guests and businessmen from the GCC in this season, adding that it would provide them with attractive services and facilities.
He said that the Hotel would participate in the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai next month and that it would send a delegation to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, Kuwait and Doha in the next two months to promote its services and new offers.
“We provide our guests from the GCC and other countries will high level services and our long experience in hospitality …the Ritz Carlton is a perfect place for GCC guests to enjoy their stay and hold weddings and other meetings,” he said.
He said the Ritz would soon open a representative office in Abu Dhabi to promote its services as Abu Dhabi is “very important in the tourism industry in the region.”
He said the Ritz, which overlooks the Bosporus provides luxury services to all guests and a mixture of culture, hospitality and modernity, adding that it does its best to ensure all guests and visitors enjoy their stay with sea trips and other services.
Mr. Goctas noted that the SPA at the hotel is the best in Istanbul and comprises three Turkish bathrooms, a large swimming pool and other facilities.
He said the Hotel owns a farm to produce organic products for the guests, noting that the Hotel’s priority is to protect the environment and recycle all products. He said food leftovers are sent to animal farms in the countryside.
He said major companies from the GCC and other parts of the Middle East organize their annual meetings at the Ritz Carlton and that more than 35 per cent of the weddings staged at the Hotel are for couples from the GCC, Egypt and India.
“The Ritz Carton has always been a memorable destination for GCC tourists as well as visitors from other countries,” he said, adding that Istanbul has not been affected by tension in ties between Turkey and Russia.
“We hope that the political crisis between Turkey and Egypt will come to an end because Egypt is a major market for our hotel,” he said.
He said the Turkish Airlines is considered a strategic partner to the Ritz Carlton as it contributes significantly to travel between Turkey and the GCC, noting that the airlines has plans to increase its weekly flights from Istanbul to Abu Dhabi to 11 by June.
He said the Ritz intends to unveil new products for reasonable prices for GCC families seeking to spend their holidays during spring and summer.
He said other key markets include the US, Germany and Britain, adding that the US alone accounts for nearly 16 per cent of the Hotel’s guests.
He disclosed plans by the Ritz group to increase its hotels from 92 currently to 120 by 2018, adding that a large number of the new properties would be based in the GCC.