'Global events to shape growth'


Global developments, especially in relation to Iraq, hold the key to tourism growth in Turkey this year, says a senior hotel executive.

Aegean Region sales executive at the Grand Hotel Mercure Izmir, said the hotel had seen a downturn following the September 11 terror attacks in the US.

He said the hotel had taken several measures including cost savings and special promotions to deal with the adverse situation and attract visitors from its targeted sectors of business travellers, Far East and America.

The five-star Grand Hotel Mercure is located in heart of Izmir and is part of the French Accor group.

It offers guests 184 fully equipped rooms including eight superior suites, eight corner suites and King suite.

The hotel also offers non-smoking rooms and other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness centre.