Oliva Evening in Istanbul

The cigar market in Turkey is anything but easy; nevertheless, Turkish passionados are extremely open and curious when it comes to new brands.

On 3 June, more than 65 passionados gathered in Istanbul to celebrate the fact that Oliva and Nub cigars have been made available for a while now in Turkey.

In addition to tasting an Oliva and Nub cigar, Eminente Rum from Cuba was also on offer.

The evening was moderated by M. Kemal Saatcioglu, who runs the cigar shop “Cigar Bodrum” (with an exclusive range of Oliva cigars, among others) in the Hotel Mirada in Bodrum.

The event was initiated by cigar importer Fumar. Managing Director Mehmet Yigit Türk is delighted: “Even though importing cigars to Turkey is a real hurdle, the enthusiasm and interest in Oliva and Nub cigars is overwhelming.”

Thomas Gryson, Export Manager and Travel Retail Coordinator at Vandermarliere Cigar Family, is also satisfied with the sales in Turkey: “We are very pleased with the market development in Turkey and are sure that we can serve the Oliva fans in Turkey well in cooperation with Fumar.”

Here you can get a small impression of the event.

She learned her journalistic skills from scratch at a regional daily newspaper, for which she wrote articles for many years. Through working for the magazine Der Spiegel in Rome she had the opportunity to increase her professional knowledge in the field of media. Katja studied art history and Romance studies in Heidelberg, Palermo and Rome and, during the course of her studies, spent many years in Italy. The country was her teacher in things related to pleasure and lifestyle. She has been working for Cigar Journal since 2004. In 2010 she became editor-in-chief.


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