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    Meet Our Team

    Since its founding in 1989, our high level of owner involvement, creativity and dedication have set IDEE apart from the competition. From design and development to management and operations to branding and messaging, IDEE offers specialized expertise in every conceivable facet of hospitality services and logistics in Turkey.

  • Esra

    Esra Levent

    Having worked for a Swiss travel company, Esra launched IDEE in 1989. She is a proud native Istanbulite and has been a leader in the travel industry for 30 years. Esra has a track record of operating successful events, meetings and Turkey-wide logistics driven programs. She enjoys working in the office but also using her operational skills while groups are on-site. Esra specializes in seeing events through from conception to completion, and her creativity, penchant for detail, and attention to building client relationships ensure that every event is a success.
     
    Outside of work she is an avid cook, culinary art specialist and food activist.  She believes in increasing awareness about raising and eating fresh, healthy and locally grown food. 
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Haydar

    Haydar Kıray

    Having grown up in Germany, Haydar is a native Istanbulite with a passion for bringing ideas to life and making dreams come true! Haydar joined IDEE TRAVEL in 2011, bringing with him an outstanding sales record in the hospitality industry from 24 years of experience. In his current role, as Managing Partner, Haydar is responsible for developing and maintaining Sales & Marketing activities. He is the primary contact for Corporate and Incentive clients. Haydar brings to IDEE his creativity, operational experience and astute attention to detail all of which allow him to consistently exceed our clients’ expectations. When not working, he can be found eating good food and discovering new restaurants in town. Culture, heritage, and values are important to Haydar. 
     
    His life motto is, “Do the best. Be the best. Being second is not motivating”.
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ece

    Ece Ciftcioglu

    Ece feels proud of being a part of IDEE where everybody is encouraged to ask questions, create new solutions, and think outside the box.
     
    Ece is both intellectually and emotionally invested in her work. She mentors new employees and interns. 
     
    When she is managing a project, she makes it a point to get her team members involved. Ece continually monitors and improves the overall performance of the on-site operations. She loves working at IDEE for the pace, the energy and the desire to make things better. 
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Tümay

    Tümay Akçay

    Tümay is a lifelong resident of Turkey who has been sharing his passion for his home country with visitors from all over the world since 1992.
     
    Tümay had the privilege of organizing Incentives, Conventions, Events, Study Tours for customers from the US, Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, France, Belgium, Brazil, China and India. He is an expert in Indian Destination Weddings. 
     
    Tümay combines his hobby and profession: he is a passionate hobbyist in digital technologies and an experienced professional in event technologies. A keen sportsman, Tümay enjoys long cycling tours through Turkish countryside as well as relaxation on beautiful beaches on the Turkish Aegean Coast. 
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Güven

    Güven  Yalçın

    Having worked in the various national and international tourism companies for 26 years, Güven has extensive knowledge of almost every region in Turkey.
     
    Güven now has the key responsibility for all marketing activity in leisure business, tour operator contracting and strategic planning with the hotels.  He makes sure that we achieve our targets across all business segments.
     
    Each year, Güven spends two to four weeks on a detailed inspection of hotels in Turkey’s major destinations.
     
    Güven is a motorcycle enthusiast and just loves the beauty of the machines. He rides through the streets of Istanbul, crossing the Bosphorus bridge, to get to work every day. Güven enjoys the weekends taking his friends to some of the country’s most interesting and beautiful riding destinations in Turkey. 
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Saadet

    Saadet Olgun

    Born in Cologne, Germany, Saadet blends the best of Turkish and German cultural influences in order to achieve success in business.
     
    Saadet says, ‘I absolutely want to have a career where I make people happy.’
    She holds the secret to creating a great itinerary. 
     
    Saadet choreographs all the client wishes into a seamless schedule, especially if they are visiting multiple cities in Turkey. The human connection is Saadet’s key to personal and career success. She loves to stay on top of Istanbul’s cultural and social calendar!
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Begüm

    Begüm Birvural

    Ever since Begüm can remember, she has had a tremendous passion for hospitality industry and joined IDEE to make her passion a career.
     

    Begüm feels fascinated with different cultures and most inspired when meeting new people. She loves the real sense of satisfaction to do a good job and see customers leave happy.
     

    Baking is Begüm’s hobby. In her spare time, she creates art with each cake she bakes and makes treats for her friends and family.
     

    begum.birvural@ideetravel.com

  • Esra

    Esra Özkan

    Esra is the keeper of our vault!
     
    Beeing a Certified Accountant, Esra is responsible for analyzing IDEE’s general ledger account balances, preparing financial and tax statements that comply with the accounting principles.
     
    She is an expert in the finances of the travel industry.  Esra is a good supervisor, as well as a life-long learner who works closely with other team members in marketing, operations and IT.  She is the mother of two cute boys.
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Serdar

    Serdar Şükür

    Serdar has a passion for numbers.  He worked for a Turkish TV channel for 6 years until he joined IDEE in 2006. In addition to excellent accounting skills, he is also great at communicating complex financial information in a clear, straightforward manner and has a productive curiosity about business systems. Serdar pays great attention to detail. 
     
    As a dad, he is the hero of seven-year-old twin boys. He loves spending time with his family- taking them to the movies and often seen cheering at his kids’ soccer games.
     
     
     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Remzi

    Remzi Kavaloglu

    His 25-years tenure with the company makes him the longest serving employee in the history of IDEE. Remzi helps the entire IDEE Team in performing basic administrative duties. He also monitors the use of equipment and supplies in the office.