Conference 2012 Turkey

2. WAG Annual Conference in Izmir / Turkey is over.

Thanks to our Host - WAG NC Turkey, thanks to all supporters: Mayor of Konak Izmir, Mayor of Izmir Metropoliten, Director of Izmir Museum, Honorary Consul of Croatia in Turkey, Chamber of Commerce and others,
for wonderful hospitality and excellent organization.

Thanks to Former Croatian President, Ambassador of Croatia in Ankara, General Consul in Istanbul, representative of the President of Croatian Parliament, Mayors of the Host Cities for the Games 2013 in Croatia,
and special thanks to all presidents and members of WAG National Committees who came from all over the world.

Seeing WAG members from 36 States we know that WAG have a great future and will fulfill Mission of WAG together with other NC`s, which because of different reasons couldn`t be present on the Conference.

WAG Organization - Head Office

ARTICLE: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey started to announce WAG Conference in Izmir

Turkish Article


Izmir, historically Smyrna, is the third most populous city of Turkey and the country's largest port after Istanbul. It is located in the Gulf of Izmir, by the Aegean Sea. It is the capital of Izmir Province. The city of Izmir is composed of 9 metropolitan districts. These are Balçova, Bornova, Buca, Çigli, Gaziemir, Güzelbahçe, Karsiyaka, Konak and Narlidere. Each district, and often also the neighborhoods within, possesses distinct features and a particular temperament. The 2000 population of this urban zone was 2,409,000 and the 2005 estimate is 3,500,000.

Izmir is inheritor of almost 3500 years of urban past, and possibly up to that much more in terms of advanced human settlement patterns. It is Turkey's first port for exports and its free zone, a Turkish-U.S. joint-venture established in 1990, is the leader among the twenty that Turkey counts. Its workforce, and particularly its rising class of young professionals, concentrated either in the city or in its immediate vicinity (such as in Manisa), and under either larger companies or SME's, affirm their name in increasingly wider global scale and intensity. Izmir is widely regarded as one of the most liberal Turkish cities in terms of values, ideology, lifestyle, dynamism and gender roles. It is a stronghold of the Republican People's Party.

The city hosts an international arts festival during June/July, and Izmir International Fair, one among the city's many fair and exhibition events, is held in the beginning of September every year. It is served by national and international flights through Adnan Menderes Airport and there is a modern rapid transit line running Southwest to Northeast. Izmir hosted the Mediterranean Games in 1971 and the World University Games (Universiade) in 2005. It has a running bid submitted to BIE to host the Universal Expo 2015, which will be voted in 2008. Modern Izmir also incorporates the nearby ancient cities like Ephesus, Pergamon, Sardis and Klazomenai, and centers of international tourism such as Kusadasi, Çesme and Foça.

Despite its very advantageous location and its heritage, Izmir suffered, as one author puts it, from "sketchy understanding" in the eyes of outsiders until recently. When the Ottomans took over Izmir in the 15th century, they did not inherit compelling historical memories, unlike the two other keys of the trade network, namely Istanbul and Aleppo. Despite the Turkish preponderance in Izmir's population, its emergence as a major international port as of the 17th century was largely a result of the attraction it exercised over foreigners, who in their turn drew in others. Very different people found Izmir attractive over the ages and the city has always been governed by fresh inspirations, including for the very location of its center, and is quick to adopt novelties and projects. Nevertheless, its successful completion of 2005 Universiade games gave its inhabitants a renewed confidence in themselves, which remains very present in the bid made for Universal Expo 2015.

People coming to Izmir can expect long, hot summers and mild, rainy winters. The total precipitation for Izmir averages 27.8 inches per year; however, 77 percent of that falls during November through March. The average maximum temperatures during the winter months vary between 12C and 14C. Although it's rare, snow has been recorded in Izmir in January and February. The summer months -- June through September - bring average daytime temperatures of 28 C degrees or higher. Many people install fans or air conditioners to cool their apartments. Rain is extremely rare in the summer and you may have to undergo water rationing before the rains come in the fall.

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