19 - 21 March 2020
Izmir, Turkey

General Information

About Izmir
Izmir, with its 8,500 years of history encompassing 3,500 years of recorded urban history and its land spreading over 12,012 km2, is a metropolis in the west of Turkey. Izmir is the ancient city of Smyrna, or "the country of the sacred mother", which existed even before the arrival of the Hittites and was ruled by Ionians, Persians, Romans and Ottomans. The original city was established in the third millennium BC and had the most advanced culture, alongside Troy, in Western Anatolia. Today, İzmir is one of Turkey's most pleasant cities: its streets are shaded by palm trees, the sideways are beautiful and the houses elegant. As the final destination of the "King's Road", which goes all the way to Iran, Izmir continues to be a focal point for tourism and entertainment. The city's coastline is renowned for its fish restaurants along the coast as well as its bars, discos and nightclubs whereas its hinterlands are rich in monuments and ruins which tell the tale of countless ancient civilizations. Also, highly valued since ancient times, the Balçova Springs are found just 10km west of Izmir.

Currency
The local currency is the Turkish lira (TRY). In Izmir, you will find an exchange desk at the airport as well as ATM machines around the city center.

Electricity
In Turkey the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Language
The language of the meeting is English.

Local Time
Izmir is in the Eastern European Time Zone (EET). Eastern European Time Zone (EET) is 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+3).

Telephone
The Turkish national prefix is +90.

Transportation
To arrive at the Hilton Hotel Izmir we strongly recommend that you take a taxi from the Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. Please be aware that credit cards are not accepted. You can pay in cash in Turkish Liras or Euros and the price is approx. EUR 15 for a 35 min. drive to the hotel.

Important: anyone claiming to be a taxi driver, who does not have a specially equipped vehicle, is illegal. You can take a taxi by hailing one in the street (it is free if the sign on the roof is lit up and green), at a taxi rank and by calling one of the main taxi firms.

Weather
Average temperatures in April are between 12°C and 22°C.

More information about Izmir
Please visit Izmir Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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