Turkey: Alliances for Culture Tourism (ACT) in Eastern Anatolia
The Joint Programme mobilized the culture sector in Turkey’s least developed region – east Anatolia -- with the aim of increasing incomes and enhancing understanding of “shared” culture between the people of eastern Anatolia and of neighboring countries, and among people of different faiths.
The Programme built the capacities of managers of cultural assets, local authorities and civil society in eastern Anatolia to protect the region's rich cultural heritage while also implementing sustainable tourism practices by providing business development services in various sectors.
At the end of the Programme, local authorities and civil society were able to identify and manage shared culture assets in line with international norms, and to respect the way that people in other countries, from other backgrounds or of different faiths than their own value those cultural assets. Similarly, an increased understanding of shared culture was achieved at the national level.
This Joint Programme was launched in December 2008 and was closed in April 2012.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- The Tourism Strategy Document for Kars, with the vision of promoting the region as a centre for natural and cultural tourism, was developed and approved by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. A complete audit was carried out on Kars Province’s tourism facilities and services.
- Trainings held to develop the capacities of relevant stakeholders on the management of cultural heritage sites, preparation of management plans and entrepreneurship to enhance income from tourism-related activities.
- Kars tourism supported through marketing and awareness activities, the mapping of Intangible Cultural Heritage, establishment of the Kars Culture House, and activities to safeguard the Minstrelsy tradition. Children Museum Rooms were established in Kars and Erzurum, and a Children Museum Training Programme was developed and carried out in nine provinces.