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GDP:$663.4 billion

GDP Growth Rate:4.5% (2008)

Turkey is located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia and has historically dominated east-west trade. Today this nation continues to be a dominant player exporting textiles, clothing, automotives, and electronics. Thanks to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline completed in 2006, Turkey can now add oil to its list of exports as it ships 1 million barrels per day. Nowhere is trade more apparent than in its largest city Istanbul, which generates 55% of this nation’s trade. In this beautiful city on the Bosphorus Strait, you will see Turkey’s famous Levent and Maslak business districts, where you will learn about the structural reforms Turkey made in anticipation of a closer integration with European markets. Although its push for EU membership appears to be stalled and its external debt is rising, Turkey’s economy is now diversified, investor-friendly, solidly managed, attractive to foreign investors. Explore Turkey’s economy in depth and learn more about its struggle attract foreign investment and remain the world’s 20th largest economy.

Featured Itinerary

Many seminars focus on "Doing Business in Turkey." These seminars survey Turkey's diverse business sectors by visiting a variety of companies focusing on Istanbul and Ankara. As with all GLC Travel Seminars, the itinerary is fully customizable.

Istanbul: Days 1-5

As the largest city in Turkey, Istanbul by population forms the second biggest city in the world. With an incredibly fast growing economy, the Foreign Policy and McKinsey Global Institute predict that Istanbul will register the 14th highest absolute GDP growth among global cities by 2025.

Business Highlights: Potential Company visits include Actera Group, Coca-Cola, Adabank, Akbank, Borsa Istanbul, Eczacibasi, Unilever, Adobe, Microsoft, Galatasaray Mobile, Goldas, Kalem Agency, Kalyon Group, LittleBig, Intel, Turk Economi Bankasi, Turkish Airlines, Turkcell, Yildiz Holding, and many more.

Cultural Highlights: Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Basilica Cistern, Galata Tower, Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Maiden's Tower, Chora Church, Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Emirgan Park, Golden Horn, Great Palace of Constantinople, TurkuaZoo, Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Mihrimah Mosque, Galata Bridge, New Mosque, Valens Aquaduct.

Ankara: Days 6-10

Formerly Angora, famous for its wool, Ankara is the 2nd largest city in Turkey and is an important commercial and industrial hub. It houses the Turkish Government and all foreign embassies. Ankara's strategic location places it in prime position for highway and railway networks and is the perfect place to gain insightful business and cultural knowledge.

Business Highlights: Potential Company visits include Anadolu Agency, BP, ASELSAN, HAVELSAN, Kavaklidere (winery), Kimetsan, Nurol Holding, Ozal Group, Taleworlds, Turktelecom, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Turkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi, Turksat and many others.

Cultural Highlights: Anitkabir, Atakule, Kocatepe Mosque, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ethnography Museum of Ankara, Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo, State Art and Sculpture Museum, Kizilay, Hattusha, Hamamonu Restored Area, CerModern, Ankara Citadel.

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Istanbul, Turkey

"This travel seminar really opened my eyes to the different churning economies of the world instead of just thinking about my own. Extremely valuable."

      -Richard Aleksander Valen, MBA Student

Ankara, Turkey

"It was amazing to discover such a different culture but find how similar we were in business."

      -Anita Henningburg, MBA Student