Beyond Asia: Six Senses Kocataş Mansions; St Petersburg; Routes Americas 2021

TTGmice's weekly round-up of MICE developments outside of Asia-Pacific.

Six Senses Kocataş Mansions exterior

Six Senses opens on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has planted another flag in Turkey with its latest opening in the Sariyer district of Istanbul’s European side.

The hotel offers 45 guestrooms and suites, divided between the two restored Ottoman-era mansions. Amenities within the three-storey property include lounges, banqueting and function rooms, a gallery, and gym.

There are two F&B options on-site: Toro Latin GastroBar offers Pan-Latin and Asian cuisines alongside cocktails; and the all-day Kahve café with its pastries and Bosphorus views. A private boat moored in front of the property will be also be available for guests to take sightseeing trips and excursions.

This marks the second Six Senses property in the country, the other being Six Senses Kaplankaya.

St Petersburg extends free visas to international delegates
International MICE delegates from 53 countries visiting St Petersburg will now be able to arrange free e-visas for visits of up to eight days.

The 53 countries include Singapore, The Philippines, China, India, and Japan. Previously, 34 countries already had visa-free entry in Russia.

Qualified visitors need to complete an online process on the website of the consular department of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The application must be made no later than four and no earlier than 20 days before the expected date of entry.

This new initiative follows similar schemes previously introduced for travel to Kaliningrad and the Kaliningrad Region, as well as Vladivostok and airports across the whole of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District.

Routes Americas flies to Colombia for 14th edition
Routes Americas 2021 will be held in Bogota, Colombia – according to an agreement that was signed between Routes and OPAIN – El Dorado Airport Concessionaire (BOG) of Bogotá El Dorado International Airport, during the 25th World Routes in Adelaide, Australia.

The 14th Routes Americas, the air service development forum for the Americas, will help the country, city and region to raise awareness among the airline industry of the opportunities that Latin America presents.

Colombia is strategically located between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and El Dorado has a robust domestic connection with other regions as the country’s main air terminal. Five years ago, Routes America was also held Colombia, in the city of Cartagena.

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