Tüyap Fair Convention and Congress Center
May 9-12, 2017
IDEF is a well-rounded defense show covering land, sea, and air. Attendees are mainly dignitaries, officers, and industry professionals. Small arms are prevalent, and the Turkish industry is well represented.
The Old City is approximately 45-60 minutes from the show, so you’ll have to choose to be near the show or near the main sites.. Visit tripadvisor.com for hotel user reviews.
Power & Plug Types
230 V, 50 hz. Standard rounded 2 prong European plug.
Language: Turkish. Avoid: Eating or handing something to someone using the left hand; exposing the knees, shoulders, or midriff; joking about Islam or Turkey. Take shoes off before entering a mosque or someone’s home and if someone is praying, walk behind that person, not in front. Women should cover their heads before entering a mosque.
10% at restaurants; YTL 1-2 for bellhops; YTL 5 per day for housekeeping; nothing for taxi drivers.
Currency & Tax
Turkish Lira (YTL), but many establishments accept the Euro, USD, and GBP. An exchange office is called a “doviz boro.” 5s, 10s, and 20s are most useful when shopping or getting around. In most places, it’s safer to use cash over credit cards. Go to www.xe.com to find current exchange rates. VAT (KDV) is 18%.
Airport: IST. Drive on the right. Aggressive driving is common. When taking a taxi (especially from the Old City), be prepared to negotiate a price beforehand and walk away if the price isn’t right, as drivers will try to charge as much as 4 times the actual price by not using their meters.
Askeri Müse ve Kültür Sitesi Komutanligi, Harbiye. Phone: 0212/233-2720
Top attractions include: Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, and the Haghia Sophia. The Basilica Cistern is worth a look. Day cruises along the Bosporus are also very popular. The Sultanahmet neighborhood is great for restaurants.