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Turkish Airlines is on a roll. Flying to more countries than any other airline and attracting growing numbers of travelers from the U.S. to Turkey with an extensive marketing campaign, the airline recently hosted a magnificent gala in Miami, one of its gateway cities in North America. There could not have been a more beautiful setting to celebrate and showcase all Turkish Airlines has to offer than the Deck at Island Gardens, a super-yacht marina, outdoor restaurant and lounge overlooking Biscayne Bay that was all decked out for a special evening. The weather was balmy, the networking was joyous, the Turkish appetizers and gourmet sit-down dinner were delicious, and the compelling images of Turkey flashing on video screens had everyone ready to jump on the next plane to Istanbul.

Coinciding with Art Week Miami and the start of Art Basel Miami, the event also displayed a custom-made artwork, “Turquoise,” by Ardan Özmenoğlu, to mark the occasion. Özmenoğlu, known for turning Post-It notes into 3D paintings, covered a mock-up plane, the Turkish Airlines logo and iconic Turkish designs with hundreds of her signature Post-It notes to create a vivid, layered piece that reflects a modern interpretation of Turkey.

Among the honored guests at the gala was Prof. Ahmet Bolat, Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee. “Strengthening our positioning as the airline that connects people, places and cultures, Turkish Airlines proudly hosted this event as a true cultural exchange, and a testament to our commitment of connecting worlds,” he said.  “Coming together to share art, food and music is undeniably the most authentic way to experience a culture.”

In addition to Miami, Turkish Airlines’ gateway cities in North America include Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York, Newark, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Mexico City and Cancun.

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