Continuing to take concrete steps with the vision of making İzmir a world city, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the Germany İzmir Promotion Offices established in the German capital city of Berlin, Bremen, Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Hamm. Stating that they are very proud, President Tunç Soyer said, “Now İzmir is at the center of the world. We see Germany as an important partner in making İzmir a world city.”
Continuing to work towards making İzmir a world city, Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer opened the Germany İzmir Promotion Offices established in the German capital city of Berlin, Bremen, Bielefeld, Frankfurt and Hamm. The online opening was attended by President Tunç Soyer and the Chairman of the Board of the World City İzmir Association, Dr. Ahmet Güler, Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Dr. Buğra Gökçe, İzmir Foundation General Manager and İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Advisor to the Mayor Güven Eken, İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Advisor to the Mayor Onur Eryüce, Head of Tourism and Foreign Relations Department Gökçe Başkaya, İZFAŞ Board Member Tuncay Ceylan and representatives who will work in the promotion offices.
Stating that they are very proud, Soyer said, “It was a great dream, we are happy to finally start with Germany, even though it was interrupted due to the pandemic. Now Izmir is at the center of the world. We see Germany as an important partner in making İzmir a world city. Not only because of our historical ties, but also with its education system, economy, technology and modern institutions, Germany is a strong country that shapes the European Union today. Undoubtedly, you, our citizens, have a great share in Germany's arrival to this point.
responds to need
Emphasizing the importance of exchanging views in order to transform İzmir into an exemplary and inspiring city in the Mediterranean basin, Soyer said, “As you all know, cities are creating new institutions and developing practices in order to strengthen their international brand. İzmir Offices respond to this need as an innovative system. Our greatest common achievement will be to go beyond sister city relations and regularly bring together representatives of important city actors such as Izmir and German industry and business world, professional chambers, non-governmental organizations, tourism companies and universities under this roof.”
Offices are increasing
Stating that the offices will increase worldwide, Tunç Soyer said, “With our İzmir Offices, the İzmir Tourism Promotion Strategy and Action Plan, which we have prepared to make İzmir one of the world's leading destinations in tourism, come to life. Izmir Offices in European and world cities will open their doors in Moscow, Brussels and three different locations in the world after Germany. Our offices will be the most important complementary element of the Visitİzmir mobile application, which we launched last week, that is, the tourism infrastructure of İzmir in the digital world. Special thanks to Sun Express, who stood by us in this project and is the partner of Visitİzmir.” Soyer underlined that maintaining offices is as important as opening them.
Güler: İzmir is the white face of Turkey
World City Izmir Association Chairman of the Board Dr. Ahmet Güler said, “İzmir is Turkey's white side, its different side. Europeans just don't know. But Izmir is the city that can be shown the face of Turkey. There are many Izmir lovers in Europe. Izmir is a European city, I lived in Europe for 40 years, it has far superior things to Europe. We organized 5 cities in the first stage, we will reach nearly 1 branches in Germany within 20 year. It will be important in terms of economic, cultural, social relations and sports. If we can make this systematic, it will be very beneficial for İzmir.” Representatives of the offices opened also gave information about the works to be realized and thanked President Tunç Soyer for his support.
After the speeches, the ribbon was cut and the symbolic opening of Germany İzmir Promotion Offices was made.