Travel Bound Partners With TurkeyJune 5, 2011 By: Deanna Ting
|The Ruins of Ephesus // (c) 2011 Travel Bound|
Thanks to a new partnership with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Turkish Airlines and Pamfilya Tourism, the largest inbound tour operator in Turkey, Travel Bound is offering a new selection of three-, four-, and five-star hotels, sightseeing tours, attractions and transfers for independent travelers headed to Turkey.
“We have recently seen increased interest in Turkey,” said Richie Karaburun, Travel Bound’s Turkish-born president. “The country is an affordable destination and a fascinating combination of Western and Eastern cultures ... While some travelers may have seen Istanbul briefly on a Mediterranean cruise, we now have the hotels, tours and services--and great rates--that make the entire country much more accessible to American travelers than ever before."
Karaburun continued: “The combined marketing efforts of our company together with the Turkish Culture & Tourism Office, Turkish Airlines and Pamfilya Tourism will help boost awareness of Turkey’s attractions as a destination, which will make it easier for agents to sell. We understand that for many agents, Turkey beyond Istanbul is somewhat unfamiliar territory. We have posted suggested itineraries to multiple destinations on our website to make it easier to create personalized vacations to suit their independent travel clients’ interests, budget, and timeframe. Our groups department can also arrange customized tours for groups of ten or more anywhere in and around Turkey. We are eager to share our destination expertise with agents so that their clients will see more of the country and its incredible culture, and agents can earn more commission. ”
Travel Bound has nearly 200 hotels throughout Turkey. Destinations include Ankara, Antalya, Cesme, Bodrum, Fethiye, Goreme, Izmir and Kusadasi, as well as Istanbul. All hotel rates include breakfast, hotel tax and service charges. Examples include:
Istanbul: Four-star Diva’s, from $55 per person per night (double occupancy) – a new hotel
Istanbul: Five-star Sultania, from $96 – a new hotel
Ankara: Four-star Best Western Ikibin 2000, from $59 – special rate for three-night minimum stay
Antalya: Five-star Dedeman, from $90 – sea-view room with breakfast and dinner
Bodrum: Five-star Casa Dell’arte Village, from $115 – bonus night offer
Izmir: Four-star Kaya Prestige, from $79 – special rate for three-night minimum stay
Kusadasi: Four-star Derici Hotel, from $48 – discount for five-night minimum stay
Transfers for up to three passengers between airport and hotel, port, train station may be booked for as little as $52.
Travel Bound also offers 60 commissionable tours and attractions throughout Turkey, designed to give independent travelers insight into the country’s rich diversity of culture and activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Examples include a four-hour cooking lesson in Istanbul for $110 and a full-day tour of Ephesus for $111 in Izmir.
Suggested Travel Bound itineraries include a 10-day Grand Turkey itinerary that starts in Istanbul and includes a private cruise of the Bosphorus and a full-day city tour, followed by stops in Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Antalya, Ephesus, Izmir and Bursa.
A shorter seven-day Turkish Delight suggested itinerary features Istanbul, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus and Izmir.
To book commissionable hotels, tours and transfers in Turkey, travel agents are encouraged to book online at www.booktravelbound.com or call 800-808-9541 to speak with a travel specialist.