The world is changing everyday. We are facing every sort of political and social events everyday. Even we have faced Gulf War crisis and SARS epidemic in far east.But we haven’t faced more serious crisis than today. None of the countries placed Turkish Republic in red list.
What is going on? As we all can see that it is a health issue. It makes sense but when Russia makes projects with Egypt, we have to think very carefully. Tourism is a vital economical sector. Turkish Republic has a special place in tourism world. So it isn’t possible to ignore Turkey. Health procedures are important but the prestige of a country is everything. Everything depends on the management of tourism. If the procedures run correctly, it isn’t possible to face a crisis.
Is Turkey succesful on running the procedures? Yes /No
Turkish Republic has a special place in tourism world. Not only the international area and also the public of the world has a special reputation about Turkey. The political and social events may change this trend in periods. Tourism develops up to the developments in the world and inland.
Last 2 years were tougher than everything in the world. Due to the COVID outbreak, the human being life circle had been shocked and redesigned. We are still accustoming to new normal procedures. As tourism can’t be considered as a seperate branch, it is changing.
The most important thing is to protect the reputation if you have a good one. The conditions and events always change and tourism is a dynamic sector. Reputation is everything for tourism.
I have an absolute question; is there any change on reputation of Turkish tourism sector?
We have mentioned that olive tree is an important inhabitant of Aegean and Mediterranean region. You can come across this tree everywhere around Mediterranean and Aegean region. Including Turkey and Greece, olive has a wide geography.
Also olive tree is known as immortal tree. Even tough it is 2000 years old, it gives us olive. It is a holy tree in the same time. Aegean region of Turkey is one of the fruitful areas for olive tree.
Since the ancient civilizations, olive and olive oil have been in our cuisine and our life. We can still come across the ancient shops of olive oil in ancient site ruins.
Kemaliye (Eğin) was one of the most beautiful resorts of Eastern Anatolia. As it is located in a valley, it has a unique beauty. It resembles a wild animal that is chained.
A rock which was over the historical town of Eğin created a danger for the residental area. If it had fallen, it would have caused a big damage in the town. So the authorities decided to chain the rock. Its location is on unbelievable slope. So it had a danger potential. It was chained by the authorities of the town.
It is absolute that it is one of the worth visiting places of Kemaliye….
Eastern Anatolia is as great as the western region of the country.
Tourism is a sector which combines cultures and people. Sometimes the origin doesn’t matter. It is the absolute definition of tourism.
There are some countries that are touristic in the world such as Turkey and Greece. They are rivals in tourism for normal conditions. They compete each other to attract international tourists. By using the national and international features, we can be considered as rival. Turkey and Greece are the countries where the history flow. Their backgrounds are so deep that they are dated back to ancient times and they are linked in history.
Some features of two countries are alike and they have a common historical background. For example, historical leaders such as Alexander the Great had passed on both countries and they left priceless legacy on those countries. Also they are very similiar up to the cultural basis.
Greek tourism is based on the islands mostly. They have a fantastic beauty, I have to confess this. They are special sites. Volcanos have shaped this region hundred centuries ago. They are still active. It is a active earthquake area. As you see above, blue and white are the characteristic colours of the traditional architecture.
This is the fact that we aren’t in a normal period. Due to COVID outbreak, tourism sector is going down.
Don’t you think that Turkey and Greece can establish a tourism friendship? Also it will feed the peace in the region.
When we check the UNESCO list, we can come across some towns that are famous for architecture. Safranbolu is one of the Anatolian towns that are known very well. This town is located in northern region of Turkey. Safranbolu’s background is dated back to Turkish tribes.
Regional architecture is very important for culture. Because architecture is a very important component of culture. We know that this town is a good sample how a town can be special.
Also a visit to Safranbolu is going to be a travel in time…
According to professional tourism management, domestic tourism is as important as international tourism. Tourism should develop in both frontiers; International tourism and Domestic tourism. Mostly international tourism is spoken due to foreign income. Since international tourism is an important sector for economy, the investments and regulations are designed up to the principles of international tourism. It doesn’t mean that domestic tourism isn’t necessary for a national economy. In opposition to the benefits of international tourism, domestic tourism has many benefits for national economy and cultural development.
Firstly it is necessary for cultural development. To realize the background of a landscape is the first condition to create a healthy public. Culture is a character that can be formed by various civilizations that resided on a landscape.
Secondly it raises up the life standard of the public. It means that economical and cultural standards will get better. Also the public will learn what the history is. The history is a good teacher for us. We can see the past and we can design the future.
Thirdly it creates an alternative income in the name of tourism. Economy needs this income. If it is as good as the international tourism, it is a good sign for national economy. Circulation of money provides the sustainability of tourism movement.
Tourism is a sort of human culture exchange. Sustainability of tourism depends on the quality of tourism.
Topkapı Palace had been the head palace of Ottoman Empire around for 500 years. It was built in 1460’s firstly. It was constructed on the hill which dominates the all straits and can see the continents Europe and Asia.
The history of this hill is dated back to Roman Empire age. Roman Emperors knew that it was a junction point of the world. So they built palaces on this hill. As we know that there used to be one of the biggest palaces of ancient era; Megalo Palacio. It was a mega palace. It was so huge that it covered up whole peninsula. Even today we can see the remain of this mega palace on the square of old town.
When the city was conquered by Ottomans, Sultan Mehmed II had a temporary palace constructed on Beyazıt district of Istanbul (there is an university on this site at present). Then he decided have a great palace built and he chose the hill that was chosen by Roman Emperors. So Topkapı Palace was being constructed on the mega palace of Byzantines.
Every sultan of Ottoman Empire added extra buildings to this palace complex so it got wider in the time.
That’s why we come across traces of Roman and Byzantine era while excavating Topkapı Palace complex. It had been reconstructed for many times, even the original baths that were dated back to 1460’s were unearthed.
The archeaologists are still unearthing the Roman and Byzantine traces during the excavations and reconstructions.
Constantinople or Byzantiun were the sites that were surrounded by a city wall. This peninsula was the center of Roman empire and the world. There has been residence for thousands of years. The main capitol of Roman Empire and early times of Istanbul were the center. So the holy buildings and great masterpieces were built on that area. You can come across the most important buildings of the history in this area such as St.Sophia, the cisterns and the headquarter of Ottoman Empire; Topkapı Palace ( On the Megalo Palacio (Mega Palace)).
East Roman Emperors and Ottoman sultans constructed a mega city in different formats. So a combination of Christian and Islamic cultures formed here. In a wide time period, the city extended to outside of the city wall and modern Istanbul is being constructed..
At present, we can still come across traces of this multi-cultural stage.
Istanbul city is located in two continents; Europe and Asia. Its location creates different opprtunities such as marine transportation. You can sail between two continents by a ferry. It is one of the great joys you can find in Istanbul.
We know that marine transportation in Istanbul is dated back to ancient times. Ferries of Istanbul are famous and joyful. I advise you to have a tea (or coffee) with a simit which is a circular bread with susame.