President of MPI Turkey; Kalyon Tourism Group
Embarking her career her career in the communication field, Elif worked at the state television of Turkey and also served in various positions in the advertising industry. In 1997, she was introduced to tourism industry. From 2001 to 2014 she worked at the destination marketing organization of Istanbul, Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau first as the Director of Sales & Marketing and in 2011 she was promoted to General Manager. Currently she is General Coordinator of Kalyon Tourism Group with hotels, event venue, travel agency and DMC business.
She took active positions at international industry organisations and was elected ECM Steering Committee Member, ICCA Mediterranean Chapter Chairperson and PCMA International Task Force Member from 2011 to 2014. Currently, she is the President of MPI Turkey Chapter for 2017-2019 term.
Her academic career is continuing on the field of communication and public relations. She is writing her PhD thesis with the topic of “The role of Strategic Communication on Building the Destination Image”. She is a guest lecturer at Istanbul Commerce University since 2015 and industry speaker on destination marketing, branding and hospitality.