Name: Cenk Ocal Title: General manager Company, city: Turkish Airlines, New York Number of employees: 50 (New York) Recent project: Creating a new marketing campaign aimed at B2B customers First job: Flight attendant, Turkish Airlines Little-known fact about you: I am the former general manager of Turkish Airlines in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Essential business philosophy: Combine customer satisfaction with profitability and efficiency. Best way to keep a competitive edge: Never say, “Yes, I did it!” Yardstick of success: Keeping the flights full and customers happy
Cenk Ocal as a Traveler
What is the most important item you take when traveling? Cellphone How do you spend your time on board? On my phone, using the in-flight WiFi of Turkish Airlines What is your favorite restaurant in the world? Cipriani What is your favorite destination in the world? New York
About Turkish Airlines
Tell our readers about the Miles&Smiles loyalty program. This program is one of the most generous loyalty programs in the industry. We have four categories: Classic, Classic Plus, Elite and Elite Plus. Even the Classic members have a lot of perks they can use while flying with Turkish Airlines. We are planning to offer new ways of earning miles. We will make this a mainstay of loyalty programs in the United States, just as we did in Europe. As we are a member of Star Alliance, miles earned through our loyalty program can be used on other member airlines. What can travelers expect from Turkish Airlines in 2016, particularly on the U.S. East Coast? The most important development for Turkish Airlines in 2016 on the East Coast is the opening of our Atlanta (ATL) gateway in May 2016. We will offer daily non-stop flights to Istanbul (IST). We will also keep adding new destinations in the rest of the world, strengthening our position as the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline. We also plan to open our CIP Lounge at JFK’s Terminal 1. Adding this to our award-winning CIP Lounge in Istanbul, our passengers will have the chance to experience some of the best examples of world-famous Turkish hospitality. What can premium travelers expect from a trip to Turkey? As the flagship carrier, can you share your favorite things to see and do in Turkey? Turkey is a treasure trove of wonders for all types of travelers. The premium offerings both in and outside of Istanbul are the best in their classes and can satisfy even the most demanding traveler. Put together with the natural beauty of the country, a visit to Turkey is always among the most memorable for many visitors, especially when combined with our award-winning business-class service.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
Looking for a truly unique travel experience and considering a new vehicle? The Volvo Overseas Delivery Program is the perfect solution to create your own adventure of a lifetime. Volvo allows you to custom order your new automobile tailored to fit your needs and desires. They will fly you to Sweden to pick up your Volvo so you can drive and explore Scandinavia and Europe on your terms for up to two weeks.
One of Barcelona’s newest luxury hotels is located at the corner of modernity and tradition. As the name indicates, The Corner Hotel is situated on a flat corner in Barcelona’s L’Eixample neighborhood, a vast area of the city full of Modernist buildings and grid-like avenues.
MMGY Global Launches Travel Safety Barometer to Track U.S. Travelers’ Perception During Reopening Phase of Pandemic
MMGY Global launched its new Travel Safety Barometer, a sentiment tracking tool created for the travel and tourism industry to track American travelers’ perceptions of safety when it comes to specific travel behaviors as the country begins to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed by MMGY’s Travel Intelligence research and insights division, the barometer is an information resource for business and leisure travelers and the travel industry.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
United Airlines opened a Club lounge inside Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in November 2019. The lounge, near gate C7 in the airport’s new terminal, seats 95 guests and offers free WiFi, and ample power outlets and USB ports. COVID-19 may temporarily affect the lounge’s operating hours and procedures.