Future is in Tourism at Travelexpo FairApr 1, 2018
Contributing to Turkey’s efforts in sustainable tourism, increasing employment and emphasising tourism’s contribution in local development, “Future is in Tourism” project draws great interest in TravelExpo Ankara Tourism Fair.
At the TravelExpo Ankara Tourism Fair where national and international tourism specialists met, the outcomes of projects supported by “Future is in Tourism” were shared with visitors in the panel themed “Sustainable Tourism Models”.
“Future is in Tourism” provides funding support to three sustainable tourism ideas every year. In addition, support is provided to selected projects on training, planning, technical assistance, communications and consulting. The partners to “Future is in Tourism” act in the philosophy that sustainable tourism is the cornerstone of development in terms of policy making, partnering and local socio-economic development.
The Fair featured a panel themed “Sustainable Tourism Models” hosted by “Future is in Tourism”. The panel focused on how “Future is in Tourism” created sustainable tourism models in cooperation with public-private sectors and international organisations. In addition, it was underlined that the projects supported made contributions to minimising the adverse effects of tourism on communities and environment, local economic development, protecting natural and cultural heritage, increasing the quality of lives of visitors and hosts.
Moderated by Ms. Burçin Hatipoğlu, Asst.Prof.Dr. in Bosphorus University, Sustainable Tourism Department, the panel included as panellists Ms. Beril Yamaner, T.R. Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Investments and Establishments, Group Director; Mr. Bülent Açıkgöz, Cluster Lead of Local Socio-Economic Development, UNDP Turkey; and Ms. Simge Balaban, Corporate Communications Director of Anadolu Efes Turkey.
“Future is in Tourism” 2018 Plan
Boasting 16 national and international awards for its achievements, “Future is in Tourism” will support “Troy Culture Route” (Çanakkale), “Women will light up Perşembe” (Perşembe, Ordu), and “A Day in Ovacık Village” (Şile, Istanbul) this year.
“Future is in Tourism” has supported 13 projects to date
The work started with a local development model on tourism axis in Çoruh Valley in the East Anatolia Region in the period of 2007 to 2013; the regional experience so derived was elevated to national level in 2013, then carried on to date.
“Future is in Tourism” ensured that tourism took root as an alternative instrument of sustainable development in Turkey; paved the ground for new local role models through encouraging entrepreneurship; and provided support to numerous projects across Turkey:
Projects were supported from the following localities: Misi Köyü (Bursa), Seferihisar (Izmir), Mardin, Safranbolu (Karabük), Şanlıurfa, Malatya, Edremit (Balıkesir), Saimbeyli (Adana), Keçiborlu (Isparta), Foça (Izmir), Demre (Antalya) and Buldan (Denizli).
Through training on tourism, seminars and support funds, “Future is in Tourism” project reached out 150,000 persons and provided employment to 250 women in the past three years.
“Future is in Tourism” and awards received
2017: The Stevie Awards 15th International Business Awards, Best Social Responsibility Project in Europe, Bronze Medal;
Hermes Creative Awards Gold Medal;
Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations (TISK), Sustainability Refik Baydur Special Award;
JCI Culture – Junior Chamver International, Best Social Responsibility Project
2015: Turkish Public Relations Society (TUHID), 14th Golden Compass Public Relations Awards, Jury Special Award;
The Stevie Awards 12th International Business Awards, Best Social Responsibility Project in Europe, Bronze Medal Best Blog;
Silver Medal, Sustainability Academy
2nd Sustainable Business Awards, Cooperation Award;
Bilkent University, 2nd Bilkent Brand Awards, Best Value Adding Brand through Social Responsibility Projects,
PRNews, Digital PR Awards Institutional Blog, Honourable Mention;
2014: The Stevie Awards 11th International Business Awards, Best Social Responsibility Project in Europe, Bronze Medal; Best Public Relations Project, Bronze Medal;
2011: The Stevie Awards 8th International Business Awards, Best Social Responsibility Project in Europe, Gold Medal;
First project representing Turkey in the map for CSR Europe “Skills for Jobs”;
2010: Turkish Public Relations Society (TUHID), 14th Golden Compass Public Relations Awards, Best Social Responsibility Project.
“Future is in Tourism” Project is implemented by the partnership of T.R. Ministry of Culture and Tourism, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Anadolu Efes.