Around 10,000 women to be employed in a landmark affirmative action project in Turkey

Published on : Friday, November 8, 2019

In Istanbul, around 10,000 women will be employed in a landmark affirmative action project by a local tourism employers’ union.

“Biletçi,” meaning “ticket seller” in Turkish, is the brainchild of the Union of Employers of Tourism and Travel Agencies (TURSAS) for boosting ticket sales. The project follows a similar model in the Netherlands employing around 60,000 women, and has been proposed to the government.

TURSAS Chairman Yılmaz Sönmez opined if the government supports the project, they will set up Biletçi offices to be staffed only by women. There, they will sell tourism services, from airplane tickets, bus tickets and hotel bookings to package tours and car rentals.

The union plans to train 10,000 women for six months on tourism marketing and travel agency operations, besides entrepreneurship training in cooperation with the country’s employment agency İŞKUR.

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