GS1 Turkey has appointed two hotels that offer competitive rates to all attendees. A limited number of rooms are reserved. Book early, 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.

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.

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

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 Ataturk International Airport:
Located 26 km (15 miles) from the venue of GA 2019, approximately 30 minutes ride by taxi depending on traffic.
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.
Istanbul New International Airport (ISL):  will be opening in March, however it is uncertain at this time when international flights will be available. It is best to check with your travel agent for the most current information and best flight plan.


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.


Average temperature for Istanbul in May is maximum 20 Celsius, minimum 12.1 Celsius with an average of 8 rainy days for the month.

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.

GS1 Turkey invites you to stay and enjoy Turkey after the GA. GS1 Turkey's appointed event/tourism agency is organising overnight tours for you and your guests to enjoy spectacular historic sites. More information will be provided soon for trips to:

  • Bursa & Troy 
  • Ephesus & Pergamum 
  • Cappadocia 

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.