In unserem letzten Newsletter ging es um die aktuellen Ereignisse in Istanbul. Mehrere Leser haben uns hierauf geantwortet.
Alan Wodzynski, GTAssociates
Regarding your comment in CIM News, the following was posted by Graham Butler (www.gbpro.co.uk )on LinkedIn – Who’s Who Group – a few days ago.
Istanbul. How the current civil unrest may affect your event. My experience from last week. I’m coming at this from a technician’s viewpoint. I was working in Istanbul last week and my experiences were:
Your most important resource is your local contact – The AV company or the DMC. They will have the most up to date advice and will be most aware of the situation.Events running in the two congress centres next to the Hilton hotel had problems with radio interference on all radio microphone channels. It was reported that the police were using radio jammers. Certainly we had severe problems with our equipment and the venue next door had to stop using radio microphones and use only wired microphones (lectern / podium microphones).
Upgrade to external antennas for your radio mics and get them as close as possible to the stage. Have a wired microphone backup for both the stage and audience questions. Mobile phone communications can at times be difficult.
If you are close to Gezzi Park – the Intercontinental, Hilton or two congress centres you may experience some diluted tear gas blowing on the wind. Simple, but keep the doors and windows closed to the building. It is best not to be in a hotel around Taksim Square (maybe a quarter of a mile radius) unless you are a journalist wanting to report the latest news. the reason I say this is It may be difficult to access the hotel and there was tear gas in the streets around there.
The area effected last week was Gezzi Park and Taksim Square where it was relatively safe and contained but I am glad that I am not there this week as the unrest has been forced into the side streets and it appears to be violent this week. Last week was very peaceful, friendly and welcoming until the police moved in to clear the square.
There was only a small area affected last week and hotels like the Kempinski were a safe distance away from the unrest. I don’t know if a general strike will start and how this will change things. It is time to rely on your local contacts. If you don’t have a local contact then get one and work closely with them. Don’t accept it if someone says there are no problems in Istanbul – get more details from them. Can you still hold an event in Istanbul? Yes, I don’t see why not, but plan extra time and have contingency plans. we had a very successful event in an amazing city and I hope to return soon.
Our DMC in Turkey, g2o, lost 1 event the week the unrest started – this is deferred until May next year and we also lost a further event that was due a while ahead.
As a DMC Representation Company we are still receiving new enquiries for Istanbul – many of these briefs are for later this year and others for 2014.
Unless the removal of protestors creates a situation this demonstration against a few of the Turkish government’s policies is directed at the government and does not impact on daily life away from the immediate area of the square and MICE community from our DMC through the hotels and venues are confident of delivering stunning events.
Annette Doms, Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft
Sehr geehrte Frau Hoffmann,
wegen ein paar Demonstrationen würde ich sicher nicht einen großen, lange geplanten Kongress absagen.
Allerdings muss man die Lage beobachten und was daraus wird. Eskalieren die Unruhen, gibt es Plünderungen, brutale Gewalt (egal gegen wen), dann schon.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Leonhard Loew, ASB Association Services Basel GmbH
Guten Tag Frau Hoffmann und Herr Funk.
Hier eine sehr spontane Bemerkung betr. Ihres Leads in dieser E-Mail.
Es interessiert nicht, ob Kongresse in Istanbul abgesagt wurden. Das schadet doch nur der Reputation der Destination und provoziert möglicherweise andere Kunden zur Absage – was den Kollegen in Istanbul nicht hilft.
Viel wichtiger wäre zu wissen, wie die kürzlichen Ereignisse, geplante Kongresse/Anlässe beeinflussen und wie das CVB möglicherweise unterstützen kann, damit Anlässe reibungslos durchgeführt werden können.
Auch wäre eine Einschätzung betreffend der zukünftigen Entwicklung interessant – denn gerade heute habe ich mich mit einem Verband über Istanbul als Destination unterhalten und da wären sachliche und konkrete Information viel hilfreicher, um die Verunsicherung einzudämmen.