The 15th IF Wedding Fashion İzmir – Wedding Dress, Suit and Evening Dress Fair brought dynamism to the city's economy with more than 2 participants from Turkey and abroad. Hotel occupancy rates reached 100 percent. The vitality of the tourism and service sector, from restaurants to cafeterias, from transportation to shopping, gave a breath of fresh air to the tradesmen who had a hard time due to the pandemic.
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç Soyer“At the end of the 2-year pandemic period, which passed like hibernation, after the period when production and trade fell so much, it was almost an awakening and revival… We are experiencing the excitement and happiness of this,” he said.
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerContinuing its work with the vision of transforming İzmir into a world city, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality continues to accelerate the tourism potential of the city with fairs. Bringing the Turkish and world fashion industry together in Izmir, the 15th IF Wedding Fashion Izmir – Wedding Dress, Suit and Evening Wear Fair brought vitality to the service industry, especially the tourism industry. Alsancak, Balcova, Basmane, Bayraklı, Çankaya, Konak, as well as central hotels in Çeşme, Seferihisar, Foça, Menderes holiday areas, Ephesus Selçuk Pamucak region, the occupancy rates reached 100 percent.
Soyer: “This activity will encourage us even more”
Stating that they happily welcomed the activity created by the fair after the pandemic, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer, “At the end of the 2-year pandemic period, which passed like hibernation, after the period when production and trade fell so much, it was almost an awakening and revival... We are experiencing the excitement and happiness of this. There is a very serious participation in our fair. There are intensive procurement committees and groups. I hope it will be a very fruitful and very profitable fair. This will further encourage us for the steps we will take in the future.”
İşler: “The light of the fair spread throughout the city”
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality for his contributions to the fair Tunç SoyerMehmet İşler, President of the Aegean Touristic Operators and Accommodation Association (ETIK), said, “We have been dealing with the pandemic for the last 2 years. The tourism industry has been hit hard. All regions of our country have been in trouble. But our President Tunç SoyerWhile no fairs were held in our country, hybrid fairs were held under the leadership of . It was a first in Izmir, the city of firsts and pioneers. The late Ahmet Piriştina said that 'İzmir will be a city of congresses and fairs'. Our President, who took this flag without ever dropping it Tunç SoyerHe started working as soon as he took office. While all regions in Turkey had problems in tourism in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, we experienced less troublesome times compared to other regions.
The fair lit up
Stating that IF Wedding Fashion İzmir – Wedding Dress, Suit and Evening Dress Fair brought great activity to the city, İşler said:
“With the fair, our hotels have reached 100 percent occupancy as the accommodation sector. Apart from city hotels, it has reached our hotels in Çeşme, Gümüldür, Seferihisar, Pamucak and Foça. The energy and light of the fair spread not only in the city but also everywhere. Blessing has come. Travel Turkey Izmir Fair comes next. Such a successful organization right after the pandemic, a good work… This is our Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer's being in the lead, because he has set up a good team. We are having a very good season. A re-awakening has begun. İzmir started to find itself as if reborn from its ashes.”
Çetin: “We are very happy with the fair”
Mövenpick Hotel İzmir General Manager Erhan Çetin said, “It can be summed up in one sentence; Fairs have a great contribution to the city. All fairs that are well planned, well-timed and managed by professionals make a great contribution to the cities where they are held. Not only hotels but also taxis, supermarkets and restaurants are affected by this contribution. Tourism is now an industry with high added value. We are very happy with this fair. We need to make up for the lost 2 years. Fairs are organizations that provide significant added value to the cities they are located in.
The fair, which will continue until November 19, is attended by 100 industry representatives from more than 2 countries, mainly from many provinces of Turkey.