CTDA Trade Mission to Turkey
November 1st, 2005

November-December 2005 Members have been invited on a unique business and travel opportunity to Istanbul, Turkey

The Turkish Ceramic Association has invited CTDA members to join them on a trade mission to Istanbul, Turkey, on June 12-16, 2006, to learn more about Turkey’s ceramic tile industry. The trip includes round trip flight from Chicago or New York to Istanbul, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and entertainment each day, hotel accommodations for 4 nights, and travel agency services. All CTDA distributors and manufacturers of ancillary products for the industry are eligible to participate.

The Turkish Ceramic Association will attend the 2005 CTDA Management Conference November 10-13 in Rancho Mirage, Cailfornia, and will be available to answer questions and register members for the trip. You may also contact the CTDA office, (630) 545-9415 for additional information.


Turkey is a land of diversity where East meets West. Civilizations that molded history were born here in Anatolia. From the Hitites to the Romans, from the Byzantines to the Selchuks, from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic; eras and cultures create a colorful mosaic on this land. Surrounded by three seas and uniting three continents, Turkey today holds a unique and strategic geographical position.

Today Turkey is the youngest nation in Europe. Nearly a quarter of the population is younger than 14 years of age. The Turkish Republic is based on a secular democratic, pluralist and parliamentary system. It’s a leading country in the region with its large, open, prosperous economy and sustainable growth.

The dynamo of Turkey

Istanbul is a world capital with a tradition of 3,000 years that served as the capital of three empires: East Rome, Byzantine and Ottoman over a period of 15 centuries. Istanbul is the global city of harmony, embracing different religions, ethnic groups and languages. Today, Istanbul is a world metropolis with about 15 million inhabitants, honoring and preserving the legacy of its past while looking forward to a modern future.

The only city in the world linking two continents, Istanbul is situated on either side of the Bosporus Straits, Istanbul presents a stunning spectacle of East becoming West, Asia becoming Europe.

Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and the pillar of national and regional economy. It’s the center of industry, commerce and finance; the capital of culture, arts, tourism and entertainment. Istanbul’s economical, cultural and social leadership plays a very important role throughout the region.

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