Forum costs


AWID is pleased to announce The Star Alliance member airlines have been appointed as the Official Airline Network for the 12th AWID International Forum. Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please follow the below steps to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:

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Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel to/from Japan and New Zealand special fares or discounts may be offered by the participating airlines on their own network. To obtain these special fares or discounts and for booking office information please visit and:

  • Click on “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts” and enter the conventions code TK17S12
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed
  • Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code when requesting the special ticket

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the Forum.

The participating airlines for this event are:

Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, bmi, Air China, Continental Airlines, TAM Airlines, Spanair, Adria Airways, Blue1, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SWISS International Air Lines, EgyptAir, ANA, Austrian Airlines, Croatia Airlines, Asiana Airlines, South African Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines, THAI, Turkish Airlines, TAP Portugal, United.

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Most travelers can purchase a visa at any port of entry, but you must have cash in USD or Euros. Please visit the  Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs for current visa fees and more country-specific information.

Hotel Accommodation

Hotel rooms have been blocked at various hotels in various locations and can be booked when you register for the forum here.

Free shuttles will be provided between Forum hotel areas and the AWID Forum 2012 venue twice daily. Meeting points will be announced closer to the date of the Forum. Please make your reservations early; bookings are on a first-come first-served basis. Deadline for hotel reservations is April 10, 2012. For reservation requests after that date, Dekon may not be able to guarantee any available rooms with the room rates. Reservations will only be confirmed after receiving the full payment by credit card or bank transfer.

For any queries about hotel matters, please contact us via email:

Hotels names for Category Hotels B – D will be announced between March 15 – 31, 2012.

HotelsCategoryLocationSingle RoomDouble RoomTriple Room
Hilton Garden Inn Istanbul Golden HornAHalic (walking distance to Forum)€ 140€ 160-
Nippon HotelATaksim€ 150€ 170-
Greenpark HotelATaksim€ 150€ 160-
Hotel Grand StarATaksim€ 145€ 170-
Legacy Ottoman HotelASultanahmet€ 145€ 160-
Grand Medya HotelABeyaz›t€ 105€ 125-
Aspen HotelABeyaz›t€ 100€ 120-
Bulvar Palas HotelABeyaz›t€ 100€ 120-
Polatdemir HotelABeyaz›t€ 100€ 120-
B Category HotelsBTaksim€ 130€ 145€ 195
BSultanahmet€ 100€ 125€ 165
BBeyaz›t€ 80€ 100€ 135
C Category HotelsCTaksim€ 110€ 130€ 165
CSultanahmet€ 90€ 100€ 135
CBeyaz›t€ 70€ 90€ 120
D Category HotelsDTaksim€ 95€ 110€ 135
DSultanahmet€ 80€ 90€ 105

Rates quoted are in Euros, per room per night, including breakfast and taxes. Hotel check-in time is 14:00 hrs and check-out time is 12:00 hrs. If you expect to arrive earlier than the check-in time and require guaranteed check-in on arrival, please make your hotel reservations for the day before.

Please note that both the Hilton Garden Inn and the Aspen Hotel are fully booked for the duration of the Forum.

Hotel Categories


This category covers five star and four plus star hotels. These hotels offer international standards of service, and are for the most part centrally located. These hotels provide high quality restaurants, entertainment, views and special options such as additional amenities, spas and fitness centers.


The hotels in this category are mostly four star plus, four star and boutique hotels. The quality of the accommodations is high, as are their services.


Some of these hotels are similar to boutique or apartment hotel establishments, whereas others are luxury hotels with professional staff and service. This category covers four star, three star and two star plus hotels.


These basic hotels are clean and comfortable with a shower/bath and toilet in the room. They are equipped with a basic T.V. and are air-conditioned as well. This category contains three star and two star hotels.

If you would like to stay in a hostel, please contact us directly to find the best option for your budget.

Accessible Hotel Accommodations – Please contact us directly to arrange your accommodation, we will be gladly assisting you with any of your requirements.
Note – accessible hotel rooms fill up quickly in Istanbul. We recommend contacting us 3 to 4 months before your arrival so that you will have the best choice from the most accessible hotels.

Hotel Locations

Istanbul, Turkey – There is no doubt, Istanbul is a city of wonders. Situated in the most strategic location on both sides of the Bosphorus made Istanbul over the centuries the capital to 3 very different empires. It is also an incredibly popular tourist destination, having been the European Cultural Capital in 2010.

Sultanahmet is the most historical part of Istanbul. Here you can see many landmarks of the city in close vicinity, like the Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, the Palace Cistern, The Hippodrome Square and The Turkish And Islamic Arts Museum just to name a few. Just around the corner of the Hagia Sofia you will find the Topkapi Palace, representing the center of power of the Ottoman Empire for 300 years, a must-see for visitors.

Beyazit is a cultural and tourist district. This district is less than 1 km away from the historical centre of Istanbul. You will find here many more Ottoman landmarks, but at the same time, it is a very modern area ideally suiting those who came to Istanbul for shopping. The main advantage of Beyazit is its convenient location very close to Laleli – “the commercial heart of Istanbul”, and to Sultanahmet – its “historical heart”.

Beyoğlu/Taksim is known for its vibrant nightlife, entertainment and art scenes. From Taksim Square, visitors can enjoy a long pedestrian strip lined with art galleries, cafes, bars, theatres and other attractions. The historic tram, which runs along Istiklal Avenue, is an ideal way to see the Art Nouveau and Neoclassical buildings in this district. The Beyoğlu hotels around Taksim square offer a great option for accommodation when staying in Istanbul. Taksim Square has a busy network of buses, plus the Metro (underground) station.

Every possible accommodation style is available in Istanbul, from hostel dorms and midrange hotels to world-class luxury hotels.

TIP: Hotel space is limited, so be sure to book your accommodation well in advance to ensure that you get the hotel of your choice at the special rate. Sharing a room also helps cut costs.

Forum registration

Forum registration is now open, please see registration page for more information

Meals and Expenses

An average meal in Istanbul can range anywhere from USD 15 to 35 depending on where you eat your meals. However, breakfast is included in the cost of hotels blocked by AWID, and lunch and snacks will be provided each day of the Forum, as well as one evening meal. The only meals you will need to pay for on your own are three evening meals and the meals while in transit to and from Istanbul.

Transfers to and from the airport

AWID has arranged with a company for transfers from the airport to your Forum hotel at an approximate cost of USD 30 each way (the cost of a taxi is between USD 35 and USD 50 each way). You will be given the option to book your airport transfer when you book your hotel.

TIP: If you are arriving alone, arranging for a transfer with AWID is less expensive than taking a taxi. However, if you are traveling with companions and staying at the same hotel, a taxi will be cheaper. If you decide to use a taxi, please be sure to bring a printout of where your hotel is located for the taxi driver, as the taxi driver may not know your hotel.

Transfers to the Convention Centre

Free shuttles will be provided between Forum hotel areas and the AWID Forum 2012 venue twice daily. Meeting points will be announced closer to the date of the Forum.

Read more about the shuttle schedule here