ihra-ist-logoThe 50th International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IH&RA) Congress is taking place in Istanbul.

IH&RA President Ghassan Aidi made the opening of the congress on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 and pointed out an important possibility of the future as “We hope we won’t miss these beautiful days in 2070”. The congress will continue until April 4, 2013 at Hilton Istanbul & Convention Center.

Mr. Aidi, who made an impressive slide show with the possible water shortage and environmental issues that we may face in 2070, said that if there is no water and green, how we will manage tourism. Mr. Aidi with a slogan of “Green Hoteliers” offered hoteliers to re-consider environmental sustainability in their properties. “This is not a game, do this, do this for your children” said Mr. Aidi.

Mr. Aidi also said that tourism will grow 4.9 percent in 2013 and draw attention of the growing Chinese market as telling that this year 50 million Chinese will receive passport to travel.

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