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…

The Culture Routes Society was happy to coordinate a visit by Noel van Bemmel, the travel editor of leading Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, to the St. Paul Trail in early November. In partnership with Middle Earth Travel, Noel and a photographer were escorted to several of the trail highlights over the course of three days….