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    • Venue on 13th of Februrary, Monday:
      Swissotel The Bosphorus

      Swissotel The Bosphorus is a unique congress venue located very close to the waterfront location, just a short walk or few tram stops from Istanbul city center. We consider Swissotel The Bosphorus as an incomparable venue for the conference due to its flexible and truly practical space solutions and sincerely helpful staff.

      http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/istanbul/

      Internet: Everyone attending the Forum is invited to use the internet for free. WIFI Info for the venue will be available at the welcome desk.

      Info Desks: You can apply to the information desks for the necessary information about the Forum.

      Name Badges: Upon registration at the Info Desk, you will have received your Forum Pack containing your forum materials and badge. All participants are kindly requested to wear their name badge when attending the sessions.

      Each name badge contains a coloured icon designating your state and your contribution to the event. The wearing of your name badge will also assist organisers and hotel staff to identify you as a Forum Delegate.

      Simultaneus Translation: The forum language is English. Simultaneus translation will be not be provided during the forum.

      Press Room: A press center will be available to the accredited journalists throughout the forum.

      Medical Support: Medical assistance will be readily available, including transportation by an ambulance of a fully equipped hospital.

      Non-smoking policy: Smoking area will be available for smokers outside of the venue.

      Venue on 14th of February, Tuesday:
      Istanbul Technical University Technopark

      On Tuesday we are moving to Technopark of Istanbul Technical University, located very downtown of Istanbul. Just a 25 minutes drive time from the Swissotel The Bosphorus. On the second day of the forum, we will have an WBAF Academy Trainings for business angels, business angel network managers and would-be-business angels.

      http://www.ariteknokent.com.tr/

      Internet: Everyone attending the Forum is invited to use the internet for free. WIFI Info for the venue will be available at the welcome desk.

      Info Desks: You can apply to the information desks for the necessary information about the Forum.

      Name Badges: All participants are kindly requested to wear their name badge which they received on 13th of February when attending the sessions of 14th of February sessions.

      Simultaneus Translation: Not available

      There are 2 main events on the 14th of February:

      Event 1: Innovation Tour & Global Opening Ceremony of Magnet

      Event 2: WBAF Academy Trainings: The WBAF Academy language is English. Translation will not be available .

      Non-smoking policy: Smoking area will be available for smokers outside of the venue.

    • World Excellence Awards Reception & VIP Gala Dinner

      World Excellence Awards Reception & VIP Gala Dinner is between 7.30pm – 11:00pm at the Swissotel The Bosphorus on 13th of February 2017, Monday Night. Gala Dinner Fee is 150 EUR and table chairs will be arranged for names registered.

      http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/istanbul/

      Dress Code: Black - Formal

      Non-smoking policy: No smoking.

      REGISTER NOW!

    • We have chosen for you one of the most top-quality hotel in Istanbul city center with easy connections to the airport, conference venues, restaurants, touristic sights, shopping galleries, nightlife, and museums. Swissotel The Bosphorus a is a 5 star-hotel where the World Business Angels Investment Forum is. It is one of the most elegant hotels of Turkey and Europe. We can guarantee you a very pleasant stay at the Swissotel The Bosphorus, However we have tried to find the best price for you. Once you are ready to book a room, just register for the conference and you’ll get the discount codes in reply.

      Swissotel The Bosphorus

      Single: 125 € including Tax and Breakfast
      Double: 150 € including Tax and Breakfast

      For reservation: info@wbaforum.org
      For booking : https://www.quicket.co.za/events/24152-world-business-angels-investment-forum/#/merchandise

      http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/istanbul/

    • Transfers from Airport
      No airport transfer between/ to airport and hotel or venue will be provided.
      You can take a taxi to the Swissotel The Bosphorus from the Ataturk Airport : 30 minutes – 25 EUR

      Transfers from Hotel
      To facilitate transportation arrangements and alleviate congestion in the hotel lobby, please proceed directly outside in the coaches.

      Official Transfer Schedule of the World Business Angels Investment Forum:
      Transfer 1: 12 February, Sunday, 7pm: from the Swissotel The Bosphorus to the Welcome Dinner for Speakers & Turkish Night
      Transfer 2: 14 February, Tuesday, 9am transfer from the Swissotel The Bosphorus to Istanbul Technical University Technopark

      In case you miss the transfer, please don’t panic! We have good news for you:
      Forum Venue is very close to the İstanbul Technical University Tecnopark. It takes 20 minutes by taxi and costs 15 EUR.Please ask the taxi driver to drive to İstanbul Technical University Technopark just across the Istinye Park Shopping Mall. Technopark has many doors. Ask the taxi driver to use the door just across the Istinye Park Shopping Mall.

    • Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is the economic, historical and cultural heart of the country. A former capital of empires, Istanbul holds a significant place in world history. Today, it is steadily growing into a centre of industry and finance in the region.

      Basic Info

      Population:14 million
      Language: Turkish, English
      TimeZone: GMT +2 hours
      Measures: Metric System
      Voltage: 220 volts
      PlugType: European
      MobilePhones: GSM 900 / 1800

      Visa
      Most international travelers require visas to enter Turkey. Travelers holding passports from Germany, France or Japan, among other countries, can enjoy visa-free access to Turkey for up to 90 days. For further details, consult your travel agent or any Turkish embassy or consulate. View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

      Weather
      The best time to visit Istanbul is in April, May, September and October, when guests can take full advantage of the city’s mild temparatures, low humidity and light, cooling breezes.

      Business Hours
      Bank Hours
      9am - 5pm, throughout the week
      Office Hours
      9am - 5pm, Monday through Friday
      Shopping Hours
      10am - 10pm, throughout the week

      Electricity
      The electricity current is 220V AC with a frequency of 50 Hertz. European standard plugs with 2 pins are used at the hotels.

      Banking & Currency
      TL – Turkish Lira Banknotes: 1 TL, 5 TL, 10 TL, 20 TL, 50 TL, 100 TL and 200 TL
      TL – Turkish Lira Coins: 1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c and 1TL
      Most Turkish Banks change traveler’s cheques as well as cash.
      1 EUR = 3, 7 TL (approximately)
      1 USD = 3, 5 TL (approximately)

      Banking Hours
      Monday to Friday / 08:30 – 12:00 / 13:30-17:00

      The Turkish currency is known as the Turkish Lira (TRL). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and most shops and restaurants. Here are the most recent exchange rates for some
      common currencies.

      CBT Daily Currency Rates

      Traveller’s Cheques & Credit Cards
      Traveler’s cheques and Eurocheques may be cashed in banks. Major credit cards like VISA, American Express, MasterCard are accepted in most of the hotels, restaurants and shops.

      Communication
      Turkish Telecom Inc is the only telecom service provider. All hotels are direct dial telephone systems in the rooms. There are 3 GSM operators in Turkey namely Avea, Vodafone and Turkcell. Please consult with your own local GSM operator to find out if they have roaming agreement with Turkish operators.

      Post offices are opened from 09:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

      Sizes & Measures
      Turkey uses continental European sizes for clothes and shoes. Drink and food are sold in metric measures.

      Optional City Tours
      The hospitality desk team will be happy to process additional bookings on your behalf during your stay, which will be subject to space availability.

      Tax Refund
      Turkey has a value-added tax (KDV) of 8% or %18 depending on the item, which is included in the price of most goods and services. If you purchase an item from a store that participates in the national ‘Global Refund: Tax Free Shopping’ scheme and then take the item out of the country, you are entitled to a tax refund. There aren’t many shops participating in this scheme, however, it is always worth asking the shopkeeper if it is possible to get a Tax Free Invoicer or Tax Refund Cheque. Please note that your purchased goods must be available for inspection.

      To claim a refund, you must obtain a Turkish Customs stamp on the Tax Free Invoice or Tax Refund Cheque before visiting the Tax Free Refund Office. At Ataturk International Airport, you’ll find these offices located before Passport Control at counter C31 – C32 for all flights, counter A13 – A14 for Turkish Airlines flights and also after Passport Control at Gate 219. You must then present your stamped and completed Tax Free Invoice or Tax Refund Cheque at a Tax Free Refund Office. One location is within the ‘food court’ area while the other two are situated next to gate 223. The refund is available in the form of cash or a credit to your chosen credit-card account.

      Taxis
      Hailing a yellow taxi on the Street is an easy and affordable way to travel around the city, though these can be scarce during peak hour. A light on the roof will signify availabality and, generally, taxis that display their company telephone number are more reputable, safer and better maintained. The drivers are supposed to switch on the meter before setting off. If there is no meter, fares should be agreed upon in advance. Occasionally, drivers do not understand English, so it is advisable to carry written details of your destination in Turkish. It is useful to know the landmarks near one’s destination because Street adresses are not well known and the driver is unlikely to consult a directory. Due to unpredictable traffic congestion, plenty of time should be factored in.

      Taxi Tariff
      Taxis are plentiful and a convenient way of getting around Istanbul. Fares are relatively inexpensive. The fare for the 15-to-25-minute ride between Sultanahmet and Taksim Square is about €10. The approximate fare for the 35-to-75-minute ride from Atatürk Airport to Sultanahmet is €25. From the airport to Taksim Square, it's about €25. The fare from Sarıyer, on the Northern European shore of the Bosphorus near the Black Sea, to Galata Bridge is about €35-€40.

      Tipping
      Tips are generally modest in Turkey and in recognition of good service. Try to keep coins or small notes handy and follow these guidelines when you are undertaking independent arrangements. By the way, please note that gratuities are not, generally, accepted by credit card.

      Upscale Restaurants: 10% of the bill
      Cafes: 10% of the bill
      Taxi Drivers: Round up the fare to the next 5 or 10 Turkish Lira.

      Valuables
      Although Turkey is relatively safe, keep a close check on your belongings and beware of pickpockets and bag-snatchers. Additionally, drivers do not necessarily obey to the road rules so be cautious when crossing the Street in the absence of traffic lights. Please carry out your valuables in a very secure fashion. Items such as passports, mobile telephones, iPad, laptop, camera, cash and jewellery should be stored in your in-room-safe when they are not required. The hotels will not accept any responsibility fort he loss of items from guestrooms.

      Airports
      There are 2 airports in Istanbul.
      Ataturk Airport: located at the European Side. Driving time to downtown is approximately 30 minutes from this airport.
      Sabiha Gokcen Airport: located at the Asian Side. Driving time to downtown is approximately 1 hour from this airport depending on the traffic on the bridge.

      Water
      Drinking tap water is not recommended. Bottled mineral or spring water is plentiful in Turkey and of good quality.

      Public Health
      Medical services are of a reasonable standard, though public hospitals can be crowded and private clinics may be expensive. The hotel recommends that you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay in Istanbul. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room and is replenished daily.

      Dress
      Dress is generally informal, but a suit and tie will be appropriate for social, diplomatic or government events. In the spring and autumn, temperatures are comfortable during the day, but bring a warm jacket or sweater as nights can be chilly. In the summer, light clothing is appropriate for the day but a light sweater is advised for cool evenings. For winter, warm clothing and rain gear are recommended.

      Weather
      Istanbul's weather can be described as temperate, with warm and humid summers and mild and wet winters. Average daytime temperatures vary from 28°C (82°F) in the summer to 7 - 8°C (46 - 50°F) in the winter. December: Min 6.2 ºC - Max 11.2 ºC

      Public Transit

      Buses
      Istanbul's municipal buses can be taken to many destinations in and outside the city. The buses, which can be identified by the acronym IETT (Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel), accept tokens or electronic transit pass. Privately owned bus companies, regulated by the city, also operate on major routes. These private buses may accept cash or electronic transit pass.

      Metro
      Istanbul's rapid Metro system offers a cheap and efficient way to travel. There are currently four metro lines. The M1 and M2 lines are especially useful for most visitors to Istanbul.
      The M1 Aksaray - Ataturk line connects Ataturk Airport and Aksaray Square via the main intercity bus terminal in Istanbul.
      The M2 Sishane - Haciosman line is a good option for reaching commercial and financial areas in the north. Trains leave from Sishane (located in Tunel Square) and Taksim Square.
      The other two lines are M3 and M4. In the west of Istanbul, the M3 Basaksehir-Olimpiyatkoy line serves Basaksehir, Kirazli and the Olympic Village.
      The M4 Kadikoy-Kartal line provides swift travel from the Asian shore of the Bosphorus to stops along the shore of the Sea of Marmara.

      Funicular
      Istanbul’s Füniküler (funicular) runs between Kabataş on the European shore of the Bosphorus, south of Dolmabahçe Palace, and Taksim Square, the busy centre of Beyoğlu.
      This short underground funicular tram is a crucial link in Istanbul’s transportation system, linking the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram and the Kabataş ferry docks to the Metro and Nostalgic Istiklal Caddesi tram at Taksim Square.



    • Straddling Asia and Europe, Istanbul is where East and West converge. Today, the legendary city is a rich landscape of mosques, museums, boutiques and bazaars.

      Located in the central Besiktas district, Swissotel Bosphorus, Istanbul, provides a superb base from which to explore Istanbul's many attractions. View the official tourism website for Turkey

      Attractions

      Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Mosque)
      This mosque's name comes from the 20,000 shimmering blue-green Iznik tiles that cover its interior. Built in the 17th century, the Blue Mosque is still in active use, but tourists may enter through a separate entrance.

      Dolmabahçe Palace
      This opulent palace was the former residence of Ottoman sultans in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Boasting both European and Turkish styles, the palace abounds in decorative finery such as crystal chandeliers, trompe l'oeil ceilings and intricate carpets.

      Nature

      Prince's Islands
      The Prince's Islands provide a pleasant getaway from the city. There are eight islands within one hour from the city offering a range of attractions, including beaches, historical buildings and hiking trails.

      Bosphorus Strait
      This waterway is famed as a dividing line between Europe and Asia. A ferry ride on the Bosphorus yields enchanting views of city sights, especially in the evening.

      Arts & Culture

      Hagia Sophia
      Now a museum, Hagia Sophia was first built as a basilica in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Under its massive dome, more than 18 storeys high, visitors may view galleries of beautiful mosaics from the Byzantine era.

      Naval Museum
      Founded in 1897, the Naval Museum showcases the maritime might of the Ottomans. Besides exhibits on celebrated Turkish sailors, the museum features an enormous collection of historical artifacts, including a 17th-century warship

      Shopping

      Grand Bazaar
      This maze of a street market promises the shopping experience of a lifetime. Explore some of the 4,000 shops and establishments and bargain over the item of your desire, be it a leather bag or antique carpet.

      Nişantaşı
      The luxury shopping and fashion district of Istanbul, Nişantaşı is also known for Art Nouveau-style apartment buildings. Its upscale pubs and restaurants are popular with trendsetters and the well-heeled.