Merinos Atatürk Congress and Culture Center (Merinos AKKM), which hosts different events and fairs every year in order for Bursa to get a bigger share from congress tourism, is trying to overcome the effects of the pandemic. While a significant increase was observed in the number of events and visitors in 2021 compared to the previous year, it is aimed to spend 9 to the fullest with 2022 planned fairs and different organizations.
Merinos AKKM is the most important trump card of the Metropolitan Municipality, which started to promote the historical, cultural and touristic values of the city in the international arena in order to increase the share of Bursa in tourism. Merinos AKKM, operated by BURFAŞ, one of the affiliates of the Metropolitan Municipality, has hosted a total of 6 million 2010 thousand 8 visitors in 302 thousand 5 events since its opening on June 966, 387. Merino AKMM was also greatly affected by the pandemic measures, which affected the whole world and started to show its effects in Turkey at the beginning of March 2020. Merinos AKKM, which had its worst year since its opening due to the cancellation of many events and being completely closed in April, May and June, closed 2020 with 155 events organized by 314 institutions and 169 thousand 885 visitors.
The number of events increased
Merinos AKKM, which took every precaution against the pandemic in order to erase the bad traces of 2020 and spend 2021 more efficiently, achieved a significant increase in both activity and visitor movements. While the number of organized events reached 58 with an increase of 497 percent compared to the previous year, 5 thousand 369 people followed events such as symposiums, festivals, workshops, exhibitions, concerts and workshops, 925 of which were fairs. Having spent 2021 full days of the year in 240, Merinos AKMM aims to spend this year more productively with 2022 large-scale events in addition to the Beauty Fair, Food Fair, Shoe Fair, Tourism Fair, University Promotion Fair and Textile Fair planned for 35.
Activities that add value to the city
Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Alinur Aktaş stated that the pandemic process has adversely affected life in Turkey as well as all over the world, and that Merinos AKKM, which could not be used efficiently in 2020 due to the cancellation of many planned events in terms of fairs and congresses, was evaluated more actively in 2021 compared to the previous year. told. Expressing that human health is more important than anything else, President Aktaş said, “Yes, the whole world is experiencing this epidemic. But on the other hand, life goes on. We are working for the continuation of social and cultural life by paying attention to the rules of mask-distance and hygiene with vaccination applications and individual measures. In this process, we will continue to bring our people together with artistic, social and cultural activities. In this regard, we have taken all necessary precautions at Merinos AKKM. I believe that the coming days will be much better and that events with broad participation will meet with our people in the near future.”