I have recently returned from vacation in Greece and #istanbul, #turkey. Traveling to Europe and Asia, where the local time is 8 hours ahead of New York, I had a chance to take a break from the business demands of direct marketing and lead generation. In addition to taking a break from work, I wanted to soak up one of the most vibrant cultures in the world. As much as I wanted to switch out of work mode completely, I quickly realized that business issues are the same all over the world. I know that competition for business in the United States is intense, but it is nothing compared to what I witnessed first-hand in the #grand bazaar. The guidebooks taught me that the Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world.
- Established in 1461, last year was the 550th anniversary of the Bazaar.
- It is spread across 65 blocks, which is equal to the size of 5 football fields and crosses 61 streets: throughout the 61 streets, there are 4 fountains and 12 warehouses.
- There are 26,000 employees who work at the Bazaar: these employees work in the 4,400 shops and 60+ restaurants and food stalls.
- On a daily basis, more than 400,000 visitors stroll through the maze of shops.