PARIS — In the wake of the deadly explosions in Istanbul that killed 10, CBME, a children’s fashion trade show that draws around 20,000 visitors, is slated to go on as planned from tomorrow until Sunday — albeit with increased security measures.
“The fairground is located at CNR Expo Center, nearby the airport, far away from the Sultanahmet district, where the blast occurred,” explained Erhan Şener, a sales and marketing executive for the show.
Şener said he has been reassuring visitors who e-mailed and called to inquire about the situation (the attack occurred on Tuesday at 10:20 a.m. local time).
“Security was already tight in the city; it will be even harsher,” Şener said.
Fair organizers have added about 50 security officers on top of the 100 initially planned, plus X-ray machines at all entrances, CBME events manager Hatice Dinçer said.
The blast area, a stone’s throw from the Blue Mosque, is a major tourist hub, home to oriental gifts shops — hookah, small souvenirs, and carpets and rugs.
While police cordoned off the area, fashion retail activity hasn’t been affected in the immediate terms. A spokeswoman for Turkish luxury retailer Beymen said all stores remained open.
At Orta Anadolu, a Turkish weaver headquartered in Istanbul, daily operations continued.
In a televised speech, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assessed the terror blast to be an attack to by a suicide bomber with Syrian origin. “Unfortunately we have 10 dead, including foreigners and Turkish nationals….There are also 15 wounded,” he said.