Members of the Culture Routes Society will soon start work in Van and Bitlis on a new project – an Urartu Cultural Route which will encircle Lake Van. The team will have a first meeting there next week with the mayors and officials of the area. During this part of the project, in summer 2017,…

The Interim Evaluation Meeting, which aimed at evaluating the plans produced by the associate organisations and local leaders and informing other national and local stakeholders involved, took place in Egirdir, Isparta on 04-05 August 2016. Although paticipation from local administrations was less than expected due to the ongoing state of emergency declared in July 2016…

  The photo above is of a group of Turkish trekkers from İzmir, who are planning to walk the whole route. Kate (turquoise t shirt) met them above Kabak Bay. On 17th April, the Antalya Conservation Commission called a meeting at which the route of the Lycian Way, its extension by the addition of several new routes and…

    Most people have heard of the UNESCO world heritage sites program, which aims to identify the best examples of cultural and wild places in the world and push governments to protect them. It does this by adding to the status of the site and encouraging tourists to visit them – the designation ‘World…

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On January 23rd, 2015, in parallel with the EMITT Travel Fair, the Promotions Office of the Turkish Tourism Ministry presented the annual review of their Tourism Marketing Policy. Irfan Önal, the head of the Promotions Department, explained that the current strategy was developed after an 18 month policy review process that combined the lessons learned…

Background The 5th World Trails Conference was held at the International Convention Center (ICC) in Jeju, South Korea from the 14th to the 17th of January 2014. It brought together trail experts from 45 organizations working in 18 countries including the USA, Australia, China, Denmark, South Africa, South Korea, England, Spain, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Russia,…

Hüseyin Eryurt and Kate Clow attended the conference on European Pilgrimage Routes in Florence from 4-6th December and presented papers on the St Paul Trail and the Evliya Çelebi Way. The well-organised conference attracted participants from most European countries and was introduced by a high level board of politicians as well and experts. The emphasis…

Kate Clow and Caroline Finkel, both members of the management committee, attended and gave talks at the international conference on Heritage, Tourism and Hospitality on 6-8th November 2014. The conference was arranged jointly by Rotterdam school of management and Boğaziçi University and was held in the university campus overlooking the Bosphorus.     Many of…

This old school building has been empty and neglected for many years, but the village headman of Belen village and the Society would like it to fulfill a useful purpose again. Belen is at the top of the Gavur Yolu, a well-built pilgrim road leading the ole old churches of the Massikytos mountains. The old…