29 April 2001

World Dance Day at Armada

Since its establishment (1994) every sunday evening there is "Tango Night" at Armada... It´s time for the Tango-lovers come to celebrate, dance, and recapture the spirit of the 1930´s, a time when the tango was much loved by Istanbul citizens. Tonight´s event will start with the traditional opening dance by Umit Iris and Seval Ugur and before that Mr. Iris will read the "World Dance Day" message written by Murat Sikel...

Year 2001 International Dance Day Message

19 April 2001

Happy "Earth Day"!

Who says you can´t change the world?
One person can change the world!

This slogan belongs to Denis Hayes, the founder of the Earth Day that was started in 1970 for the first time. Armada celebrated the Earth Day 2000, with the theme "Clean Energy" by distributing a specially designed cartoon, designed by Tan Oral and underlined what could be done in its own sector. Below, the Earth Day 2000 Cartoon:

Happy Earth Day!

16 April 2001

Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne will tango at ARMADA !

The "COLOR TANGO" orchestra will accompany to the world-renowned Argentine Tango Master Teacher Gustavo Naveira and his partner Giselle Anne during the performance which will be held on next Saturday (21/04/01) evening at Armada...

Gustavo is known to tango aficionados in many countries as a true Maestro of the Argentine Tango. Students around the world are drawn to Gustavo´s original style of dancing and teaching. His numerous professional accomplishments include the choreography of the opera "Marathon", which has played at the world-famous "Colon" theater in Buenos Aires. Gustavo is also one of the stars in the motion picture "The Tango Lesson".

Maestro, dancer and choreographer of outstanding reputation, Gustavo Naveira is the precursor of a teaching system that has great repercussion on all five continents. President of the COSMOTANGO® association, he travels around the world delivering clarity and conceptual technical richness. Researcher and analyst of great caliber, his knowledge has revolutionized the dance at the end of the

Naveira and Anne have been to the Armada Hotel last year and their show was greatly appreciated by the lucky audience...

* For further information: Baila Tango / Serdar Sungar, GSM: 0532-664 8836 e-mail: Sunum

* About Naveira : Cosmotango

* "Tango in Turkey" and detailed information about the program:K├╝resel.com / Tango and Baila Tango
* About “Color Tango” orchestra: Tango Catalogue (Bridge to the Tango)

Reservation: Tel: 212-638 13 70 Faks: 518 50 60- e-mail: ARMADA

You may download the *jpg files of Color Tango ve Gustavo Naveira - Giselle Anne by clicking the thumbnails below:

12 April 2001

Our President Zoto in IH&RA Board

Kasim Zoto, Board Member of TUROB (Turkish Hotel Association), has been elected as member of the board of IH&RA (International Hotel & Restaurant Association) at a NACE (National Assocaition of Chief Executives) meeting that was held in Amsterdam in April 10, 2001...

Who is Kasim ZOTO?

Born in 1950, Istanbul

1966 - 1975 - Worked as manager in the Tourism Dept. of TMGT (Turkish National Youth Organisation)

1970 – 1974 – Board Member at the “Federation Of International Youth Travel Organization” (FYTO)

1975 – Started professional tourism agency business

1981 - 1994 – Tourism agency in France.

During the 13 years he lived in France, he worked to organize the
congresses, seminars and similar activities of various companies to take
place in Turkey.
He spent his efforts to make tourism an "incentive" in Turkey.

He stepped into the hotel business for the first time by opening Kalkan Han Hotel in Kalkan with a group of friends in 1981.

In 1988, he started work on converting a piece of land in Sultanahmet from a car park into a hotel. This historical piece of land was once occupied by buildings which were built for the marine soldiers of Barbaros Hayrettin Pasha back in the 16th century. Unfortunately, the buildings were completely demolished during the devastating Istanbul fire and were left in ruins.

The efforts that were started in 1988 continued until 1993 due to bureaucratic obstacles. At the end of these 5 years, the home of Barbaros marines was rented from the Vakiflar for 49 years and turned into Armada Hotel, which succeeds to re-create the Istanbul way of life in an area of 2,300 sqm.

Alafranga Restaurant

"Alafranga" Restaurant (pls. see "Restaurants" Page) is more and more attracting the Istanbul citizens´ and foreign visitor´s attention...
Below is a newsclip about it through the Internet media:

NTVMSNBC / Yasam-Lezzet

You may also find news in English in this portal which is Turkey version of the well known MSNBC as well...

Bonne appettite!