Continuing his efforts for turning İzmir into a world city, İzmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer attended the opening of Germany İzmir Promotion Offices established in the German capital Berlin and German cities of Bremen, Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Hamm.
Mayor Tunç Soyer and the Board Chairman of World City İzmir Association, Dr. Ahmet Güler, representatives of the promotion offices and bureaucrats of Metropolitan Municipality attended the online opening.
Noting that they were very proud with this initiative Soyer said, “This is a big dream come true. Even though it was interrupted due to the pandemic, we are pleased to finally start with Germany. İzmir is now at the centre of the world. We perceive Germany as a crucial partner in turning İzmir into a world city. This is not just because of our historical bonds. Germany stands out as a strong country shaping the European Union today with its education system, economy, technology and modern institutions.” Emphasizing the importance of exchanging views with the aim of turning İzmir into a pacemaker and an inspiring city in the Mediterranean Basin, Soyer noted, “İzmir Offices will go beyond the sister cities relations and aim at regularly bringing together industries and business world, trade associations, non-profit organizations, tourism companies and universities and representatives from other major urban actors from İzmir and Germany under a single roof.”
Tunç Soyer stated that the offices will grow in number in the world and added, “İzmir Tourism Promotion Strategy and Action Plan we prepared to transform İzmir into one of the leading tourism destinations in the world is being implemented through our İzmir Offices. İzmir Offices in Europe and other world cities will open their doors first in Moscow, Brussels and three different destinations in the world following Germany. Our offices will be the most important supplementary element of İzmir’s tourism infrastructure in the digital world, aka Visitİzmir mobile app, which we launched last week. I especially would like to thank Sun Express, which exclusively stood by us in this project and is a partner of Visitİzmir.”
Güler: İzmir is the honor of Turkey.
Board Chairman of World City İzmir Association Dr. Ahmet Güler said, “İzmir is the honor and a different face of Turkey. We organized 5 cities in the first phase and we will soon reach 20 branches in Germany within one year.”