The Turkish currency is Turkish Lira. The exchange rate for Turkish Lira as of May 2011 is; EUR 1= TRL 2,2
At the May daytime temperatures are in the range of 18-25 Celsius.
The fastest and consequently the least tiring way to get to Turkey is by plane. All major airlines have direct flights to Istanbul.
Turkey is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Banking and Exchange Facilities
Currency is the Turkish Lira. Foreign money can be changed by banks during working days (09.00- 17.00 Monday - Friday) as well as hotels, exchange offices. Exchange rates are set daily by the Central Bank. All major credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shops. Automated bank machines are available at many points throughout the city and the airport.
Participants are requested to check with the Turkish Consulate in their home country or with their travel agency or at www.mfa.gov.tr for visa requirements. Entry visa to Turkey can also be obtained at Istanbul Atatürk Airport for a number of countries.
Restaurants and Turkish Cuisine
There is a wide choice of restaurants in Istanbul offering a broad spectrum ranging from excellent national cuisine to first class international dishes. Traditional Turkish cuisine is famous for its many specialties prepared with fresh vegetables. There are lots of quality restaurants as well as fast-food shops in the vicinity of the hotels reserved for this meeting.
One of the most enjoyable parts of a trip to Turkey is shopping for the rich variety of Turkish crafts. Istanbul is a shopping paradise with its Covered Bazaar as well as the modern malls.
Pay phones and credit card phones are available at the meeting venue as well as in the city.
The electrical power supply in Turkey is 220 volts.
Although service charge is included in most restaurants, leaving a tip at one's own discretion is appreciated.