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ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Istanbul is an enticing mix of polar opposites: ancient and modern, conservative and fashionable, European and Asian, Christian and Islamic. This cultural diversity is one of the many reasons those who earn their membership in the 2012 Sales Leadership Council will be fascinated and entertained while celebrating in Istanbul in 2013.

This historical metropolitan city is literally split in two by a part of the Bosphorus Strait known as The Golden Horn. The strait connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara and is a dividing point between Europe and Asia. Due to its geographic location, Istanbul has been a vital and significant city throughout its long history.

Since it served as the capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, the city has many alluring aspects to offer. Explore the historic monuments of the two empires and cruise the Bosphorus past waterfront villages and forested slopes topped with fortresses, for a glimpse into its past greatness. Haggling in the Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Bazaar is an exotic shopping experience like none other in the world. If you are in a more sedate frame of mind, sip a cup of tea as you watch boats ply the Golden Horn and dine in style on Turkish delicacies against a backdrop of domes and minarets. Members of the 2012 Sales Leadership Council will sample these Istanbul delights and more from April 28 – May 3, 2013.