Connect • Explore • Develop

Following on from the enormous success of the inaugural RLI Connect MENA Deal-Making event in Dubai last October and our renowned Global Deal-Making Event now in its sixth year, RLI have decided to take its highly successful concept to Istanbul. RLI Connect Istanbul will take place 23-25 October at Beşiktaş Vodafone Park and will continue to connect the world of retail and leisure attracting international shopping centre investors, mall developers and franchise partners eager to connect with Turkish brands to feed their potentially lucrative markets – markets that offer great opportunities for these brands to achieve levels of recognition and respect that may even exceed those that they enjoy in their home market.

RLI Connect Istanbul will also assist those global and emerging brands that are looking at expansion across Turkey. Istanbul is the only city in the world that spans two continents and home to the oldest and largest shopping mall in the world, The Grand Bazaar with over 4,000 stores some dating back to 1453. Istanbul has been the key point for trade and civilisation due to its strategic location for centuries. In the last 20 years, Istanbul has changed and developed becoming prominent both in Europe and the Middle East. It has been predicted that in 2023, every city in Turkey will have at least one shopping mall and Istanbul will become a shopping and entertainment destination for neighbouring countries. With a further 670,000 sq. m of new shopping centre space currently under construction, Turkey presents huge potential for international retailers looking for growth markets to tap into despite current economic and political challenges.

Taking place over two days, the thinking behind RLI Connect Istanbul is simple: face-time with key global retail and leisure decision makers, creating a sustained platform for doing business and building value through strategic partnerships on a global scale.

Finding the right mix of Retailers and Leisure Operators to fill their new and existing shopping malls is becoming one of the biggest challenges that Developers face. They are looking for new and innovative concepts to enhance the shopping experience.

Retailers and Leisure Operators are looking to international Developers and Franchise Operators for development partners and opportunities. RLI Connect Istanbul will offer the opportunity to explore their expansion plans, while examining potential client markets. Mixing Retailers and Developers from around the world, previous events created a networking atmosphere unlike any other.

From pre-arranged meetings to networking lounges, the whole event is organised for one simple reason – to help you do business. RLI Connect Istanbul gives you the chance to do a years’ worth of work in under two days! In these difficult times, can you afford not to attend?

To secure your package, delegate place, or for further information about the event, contact:Jayne Rafter, +44(0)1706 212200  or email: