Fourth International Workshop on  Freight Transportation and Logistics
Çeşme, İzmir, TURKEY ¤ May 26-29 2009, Tuesday-Friday

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The venue of the workshop has been chosen as Çeşme on the most westerly tip of the Karaburun peninsula, which marks the midpoint of the Aegean coastline of Turkey. Çeşme is a Turkish word for fountain. The name comes from the many springs that were built in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries. Çeşme has a long history which is evident from the Genoese Castle dating from the 14th century. Next to the castle is the Ottoman caravanserai (kervansaray) added in the 16th century.

Located 70 km west of Çeşme is İzmir, Turkey's 3rd largest city. Çeşme and its surroundings are generously endowed with natural hot and ice cold springs, countless coves, white sandy beaches, crystal clear seawater, incredible mastic trees, and many historical gems of the Archaic Age. The ever blowing  north winds bestowed Çeşme its reputation as the windsurfers' dreamland.

The warm and sunny summer season in Çeşme lasts from March to November. İmbat, the famous breeze blowing off the Aegean Sea keeps the air cool on even the hottest summer days. From November to March the weather would be mild with rainshowers. Even during this period, the average seawater temperature is 18.5° Grad Celcius. It is not all too difficult to understand why Çeşme offers so many opportunities for all kinds of watersports.

Current weather and 3-day forecasts for İzmir and İstanbul

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Two parallel streams of sessions will be accommodated during the workshop in the state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms of the 5-star hotel Sheraton Çeşme. The hotel is located on Ilıca thermal waters just beside Çeşme. It has spacious facilities for up to 800 attendees, and 398 rooms and suites all with a magnificent beach view and finest modern amenities to meet the expectations of business and leisure guests. 

Click to see the congress center facilitiesThe congress center at the hotel has a total area of 6,000 m2 accommodating up to 1,600 persons. It spans two main halls which can be split into three elegantly appointed salons, 20 workshop rooms, five VIP boardrooms, and three entrance hallways all in three floors.Click the thumbnail image on the left to see the specifications of the congress center facilities at Sheraton Çeşme.

The distance between Sheraton Çeşme and the downtown is 6 km.The hotel lies about 90 km from İzmir Adnan Menderes International Airport (ADB), and it takes no more than one and a half hours via the Çeşme Highway either by car or by public mini buses called dolmuş. A shuttle transfer service will be provided before and after the workshop for the convenience of the attendees.

Click here to view the map of Çeşme and İzmir prepared with Adobe Flash (Courtesy of Sheraton Çeşme).
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