UN agency & Turkey collaborate to endorse sustainable tourism

 Thursday, July 25, 2019 


On Tuesday, the largest association of travel agencies in Turkey took a major step in endorsing sustainable tourism in the country together with a United Nations agency.


The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding in Istanbul “to build a strong long-term future” for Turkey’s tourism sector.


Under the agreement, the UNDP and the TURSAB will introduce an awareness campaign all over Turkey and offer complete training programs related to sustainable tourism for travel agencies.


For Firuz Baglikaya, head of the TURSAB, the main aim of the collaboration is to reduce the negative effects of tourism on the environment and develop a healthy model to protect the cultures, cuisine, handicrafts, traditions and customs of local people.


“Sustainability emerged as an instrumental concept that incorporates many approaches that would allow countries to overcome several challenges of the era,” Baglikaya told reporters after the signing ceremony.


According to him, income inequality and regional economic disorder are the prime issues currently, as planet’s resources are draining away rapidly.


“Sustainability is helping countries to meet the growing needs of people without disturbing the ecological and biologic balance,” Baglikaya remarked.


Sukhrob Khojimatov, deputy resident representative of UNDP Turkey, mentioned that the economy of the world, society and next generations would move forward totally in a different path through sustainability.


He stated that Turkey leads the way in the development of tourism in Europe and Central Asia. It would share its experiences with other countries in regards to establishing diversified tourism projects through the mechanism of sustainability.


“Not only in the field of sea tourism but also ethnic tourism, eco-tourism, sports tourism and medical tourism,” he added.


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