The number of visitors to Turkey’s museums fell by almost half in the first three months of this year, while the number of foreign visitors also dropped by 60 percent. The sharp decline is thought to have been caused by a number of terrorist attacks hitting Turkish cities, which has led to a big drop in the overall number of tourists visiting Turkey.
19 May, 2016
Ancient fossils dating back 8.5 million years, currently on display at the Çankırı Culture and Tourism Directorate, are set to be moved to the new Çankırı Museum. In 2014, officials decided to turn a building, first built as a government institution at the start of the 20th century by Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamid II, into a museum. The building had served as the Çankırı Courthouse for many years until the court was relocated.
18 May, 2016
Excavations are set to resume at Ordu’s 2,300-year-old Kurul Castle, the first scientific excavation field in the eastern Black Sea region, as the site will be transformed into a new tourism center which will “change Ordu’s history.” An ancient settlement and a first degree archaeological site, Kurul Castle is located on a sharp rock in the Bayadı neighborhood, 13 kilometers away from the city center.
12 May, 2016
Libya has not faced the same risk to its antiquities as Syria and Iraq, though there is evidence the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is involved in the smuggling of antiquities, Libyan and international experts said May 11. Libya is rich in ancient sites, including some of North Africa’s finest Roman and Greek ruins, as well as prehistoric rock art in the desert region of Fezzan.
12 May, 2016
Officials from Istanbul’s Beyoğlu Municipality have forced the owners of a hotel to shut down a rooftop screen playing a video by the artist Işıl Eğrikavuk, citing “visual pollution.”The work titled “Time to Sing a New Song” was on display at YAMA, a public art installation series screened on top of Istanbul’s Marmara Pera hotel.
06 May, 2016
Hotel investments in Turkey plunged by 42 percent in the first quarter of the year from the same period of 2015, according to the Hotel Association of Turkey (TÜROB). Subsidy documents worth 645.3 million Turkish Liras were obtained for the establishment of 53 new hotel projects in 27 cities, according to a TÜROB statement released on May 5.
05 May, 2016
Turkey will speed up works to develop “halal tourism” in a bid to lure even more Muslim tourists, Culture and Tourism Minister Mahir Ünal said at the opening of the Halal Tourism Conference 2016 in the Central Anatolian province of Konya. Ünal said Turkey is stepping up its efforts to boost halal tourism, which has a share of around 12 percent in the global tourism.
04 May, 2016
Some 70 large pools are planned to be built across the Turkish capital as part of a project expected to cost around 15 million Turkish Liras ($5.4 million), as part of the Ankara Municipality’s latest eccentric urban planning scheme. According to the details, a total of 70 pools up to 875-cm in length will be built across the capital, decorated in line with drawings included in the tender specifications.
03 May, 2016
Kaleiçi, the historic city center in the southern province of Antalya’s Muratpaşa district, will be submitted to UNESCO in May for inclusion on the World Heritage List. The historic district has a rich history, from the Pergamon Kingdom through the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods.
29 Apr, 2016
Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) has announced the findings of a fresh education report, claiming that more than 2 million students between 6 and 18 years of age do not have access to compulsory education, totaling 14 percent of the country’s total population of the age group.
28 Apr, 2016