USEFUL TRAVEL INFORMATION
Banking services, ATMs, and currency exchange are available at the Izmir International Airport in the arrivals and departures floors. Banks are open from 08.30 to 17.00 from Monday to Friday, with a break between 12.00 to 13.30. They are closed on the weekends and on public holidays.
Climate & Clothing
The Aegean and Mediterranean coasts enjoy a predictable Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, the hottest time being July and august when the weather will average 30C and above. Rain showers are very unlikely during the summer months; however the rainfall is quite high during the winter.
Aydin is the state capital of Kusadasi, and Izmir has the nearest weather-temperature to Kusadasi, and April through to October is the best time to holiday, although crowded and in the height of the summer temperatures can soar to 45C. During the winter period the cruise ships will stop but most of the places are shut and the local people then deal with the agriculture.
Currency & Credit Cards
The official currency in Turkey is the Turkish Lira (TL). ATM’s are widely available in Kusadasi, and you should have no problem if you land in the city with nothing but a credit card. VISA and Master Card credit cards are accepted by almost every merchant, shops, or cafe and restaurant. Almost all banks’ provide the option of making withdrawals in multiple types of currencies such as US Dollar, Euro or Turkish Lira.
Kusadasi is an internationally popular tourist destination, so you can exchange money with little difficulty. You can change currency and get cash in Turkish Lira at the airport, through banks or exchange bureaus, or you can directly withdraw Liras from any ATM. Exchange offices (doviz) are quite frequent and easy to spot, especially in touristic areas. It is possible to change a variety of currencies is, and bureaus do not charge commission. However, the exchange rates may differ slightly from one another.
International Driving Licenses are recognized throughout Turkey. Car rental companies ask for a valid driving license.
In Turkey, electricity is supplied at 220 Volt / 50Hz AC. Most hotels have a receptacle with 110 volts. Two-pin round plugs are used.
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Ambulance 112, Fire Dept. 110, Police 155
Registration fees do not include insurance of any kind. At the time you register for the Meeting and book your travel, you may wish to take an insurance policy of your choice. This insurance is to be purchased in your country of origin.
The wireless internet access for notebook users is available at the official hotel.
Smoking is not permitted inside of restaurants, public service vehicles, museums, libraries, lifts, theatres, cinemas, supermarkets, department stores, and government offices. Offenders can be fined up to 100 Turkish Liras. In line with efforts to improve the nightlife experience for all, there are smoking restrictions on entertainment outlets. Smoking is no longer allowed in all pubs, discos, karaokes, bars and other public nightspots unless within approved smoking rooms /corners. Effective January 1, 2009, smoking is prohibited at:
• Indoor public places e.g. shops, shopping/neighborhood centers factories, offices regardless of whether they are air conditioned
• Lift and hotel lobbies
• Within 5m of entrances and exits to indoor area of buildings and facilities where smoking is prohibited.
• Playground and exercise areas
• Ferry terminals