Talbot Consultants International Inc., under Richard Talbot, was retained in 1998 by Ünimetal Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S. to act as the concession planning consultant for their bid to develop and operate the concessions in the new International Terminal at Atatürk International Airport, Istanbul. Our tasking included the requirement to conduct a detailed analysis of several European airports including London (all 4 terminals), Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich and Vienna as well as the existing Atatürk International Airport. A series of concession planning workshops were held with the clients and their retail designers in both Istanbul and Toronto. We were then tasked to make two audio/visual presentations on our research and recommendations to the terminal developers as part of the team's formal RFP presentation. As a result of the presentations our client was awarded the project, our recommendations were implemented and the airport opened to great acclaim from passengers and industry publications.
In 2004 the initial duty-free contract came up for re-tender. Talbot Consultants was asked to review the current operations and make recommendations for the tender process and in 2005 our clients were once again awarded the duty-free contract
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