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Istanbul 'still safe', AIME buyers told

Turkish city says there has been no reaction in conference bookings following Ankara car bombing

Pictured: Istanbul's new airport will be the largest in the world, capable of welcoming 150 million passengers each year

Istanbul has reassured international buyers at Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) that it is still a safe destination for business travellers despite recent terror attacks in Turkey.

Istanbul Convention and Visitors Bureau marketing coordinator Cagla Demircioglu said there had been no change in business event bookings as a reaction to heightened terror alerts.

It comes one week after a suicide bomber, since identified as part of a Kurdish militant group, killed 29 people in the capital, Ankara, in a car bomb.

Demircioglu said: "We don't have any international congress cancellations ... our security is very high. Currently, terrorism is a global threat, so our message is that it's as safe as any other destination."

Demircioglu also gave attendees an update on the current infrastructure developments, including the construction of Istanbul's third airport, which will become the largest in the world.

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