As part of the IOC Evaluation Commission visit to the city, Istanbul has announced that it has a current inventory of 55,229 hotel rooms. These will be supplemented by further new hotel developments and other programmes to ensure that the city will meet its pledge to deliver more than 100,000 rooms in time for the Games in 2020 – of which only a third will actually be needed during the Games.
Feza Solaklar, Head of Accommodation for Istanbul 2020 said:
We have thoroughly researched and explored all accommodation options in the city, to make our guests’ stay convenient and affordable. We are ready and we look forward to the opportunity to host the entire Olympic and Paralympic Family in our beautiful and exciting city in 2020.
Ugur Erdener, IOC member and President of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, said:
As the fifth most visited destination in the world, Istanbul is used to hosting the vast number of visitors each year who come to experience the city where Europe meets Asia, where East meets West and where cultures come together in harmony to create a truly unique experience. I have no doubt that the first ever Games to be held on two continents would attract a record number of guests – and with this news, the Olympic family, and fans, can be confident that they will be catered for. Istanbul is now ready to deliver.
Istanbul 2020 has also announced its “five I’s” transport strategy: Intelligent transport and traffic management schemes; Integrated approaches for systems and plans; Interoperable systems to ensure a seamless transport experience; Inclusive transport solutions to all Games clients; Immunity to incidents and unforeseen events.
“The Games Transport Directorate has been established to take responsibility for the operational planning and delivery of Games transport services. This transport model leverages Istanbul’s existing and planned transport infrastructure. Our transport projects will leave a tremendous legacy for Istanbul and will be executed, irrespective of whether we are awarded the honour of hosting the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games,” said Binali Yildirim, Minister of Transport of Turkey.
On average, stations will be less than one kilometre from the venue front-of-house, guaranteeing that 91 percent of athletes’ trips will be thirty minutes or less and ensuring an average travel time of just sixteen minutes. Twelve programmes of Istanbul 2020’s Games transport strategy will be implemented in September of this year.