GS1 Turkey has appointed two hotels that offer competitive rates to all attendees. A limited number of rooms are reserved. Book before April 1st, prices are based on availability.

Venue & recommended hotel

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is a beautifully restored 19th century Ottoman palace located on the European shores of the Bosphorus is a 5-star hotel/conference centre with state-of-the-art meeting facilities.

Cancellations: Complete changes or cancellations before May 4 to avoid fees. Check your reservation for exact detalls. 

Location: Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul | Ciragan Caddesi 32 | 34349 Istanbul, Turkey | Ph. +90 212 326 4646

GS1 Special Rates:  Superior Bosphorus View Room: 245 EUR or Park Side Room 200 EUR 
Booking Code: GS1T180520

Alternate hotel

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is located nearby the venue of the GA 2019. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided to/from the venue by GS1 Turkey. For special assistance with your reservation contact NESLİŞAH ÖZDEMİR.

Location: Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus | Cihannuma Mah Saray Cd No5 Besiktas, Istanbul, 34353, Turkey |TEL: +90-212-310-2525

Cancellation policy: 30 days prior to arrival

Special GS1 Rate: King Deluxe with Park View 120 EUR or King Executive Room with Bosphorus View 170 EUR

Getting to the Venue

Location: Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Ciragan Caddesi 32
34349 Istanbul, Turkey

Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul is located in the heart of Istanbul and 45-minute drive from the Ataturk International Airport.

International Airports

Istanbul New International Airport (IST):  Is now open and flights planned for the Ataturk Airport (now closed) are diverted to this beautiful new modern airport. It is located 44 km from the venue of GA 2019, approximately 45 minutes ride by taxi depending on traffic. If you have questions, please contact your travel agent or airline.

Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) International Airport:
Located 45 km (28 miles) from the venue of GA 2019, approximately 45 minutes ride by taxi depending on traffic.

A visa is required for most travelers. Click here for more information


At all airports there are taxis available near the exits. There are two types of taxis: yellow which are normal priced, blue which are luxury cars and a little higher in price. All yellow and blue taxis across the city are approved by Municipality. Be sure that they start the taximeter. Most require payment in cash, Turkish Liras. You can ask for a receipt and tipping is not necessary.


Taxi Type Taximeter opening fee Fee per KM
Yellow 4.00TL 2.50TL/KM
Blue 4.60TL 2.88TL/KM


Airport Transfers may also be requested from the concierge of the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul however prices are much higher, contact by phone: +90 212 326 4646 or email

Security Procedures

All delegates, speakers and invited guests must wear their badges at all events and optional activities of the GS1 General Assembly.

Security guards are on duty inside and outside the venue.

Expect security checkpoint upon entry to the venue.

Ramadan dining options

At the GA, dining times will be adjusted to accommodate those observing Ramadan and all foods served are Halal. Please notify your hotel upon arrival if you would like Suhoor serviced. At the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Suhoor is included in your room reservation at no charge if requested. At the Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus, an additional fee of 9 TL (1,37 EUR) per day will be charged.  A prayer room is located on the ground floor of the Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. Please see the meal times below:

  • 19 May, Sun. İmsak (Suhoor) / Akşam (İftar): 03:46 / 20:27
  • 20 May, Mon. İmsak (Suhoor) / Akşam (İftar): 03:44 / 20:28
  • 21 May, Tue. İmsak (Suhoor) / Akşam (İftar): 03:43 / 20:29
  • 22 May, Wed. İmsak (Suhoor) / Akşam (İftar): 03:42 / 20:30
  • 23 May, Thu. İmsak (Suhoor) / Akşam (İftar): 03:40 / 20:31

Dining recommendations

Most of the restaurants accept credit cards. Payments in cash with Turkish Lira. Tipping at restaurants is generally 10%. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Nicole Restorant (fine dining) Tomtom Mahallesi, Tomtom Kaptan Sk. No:18, 34433 Beyoğlu/
  • Meze by Lemon Tree (Fine dining) Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Cd. 83/B, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
  • Asmalı Cavit (meyhane) (local pub, serving local appetizers fish and Raki) Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalı Mescit Cd. 16/D, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
  • Anthiochia Concept (local Antioch cuisine) Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, General Yazgan Sk. No:3, 34200 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
  • Kapı (local pub) Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Necatibey Cad. & Baş Cerrah Sokak No:4, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul (located in a local pub district you can find many pubs)

Sightseeing in Turkey during & after the GA

Sightseeing day tours during the General Assembly have been organised for spouses and guests. Click here to learn more

For more ideas see the İstanbul Visitors guide from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.


Turkey operates on 220 volts, 50 Hz, with round-prong European-style plugs (type C and type F) that fit into recessed wall sockets.


The currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. 1 TL = 0.19 USD and =0.16 Euro (as Jan 2). You can see the symbol of it as “₺”. There are Exchange Offices at all airports and rates are better than banks.


Tipping at restaurants is generally 10%.

Time Zone

All times shown on the Programme are Istanbul (GMT+3) – all of Turkey is in the same zone.

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