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Haberler ve Duyurular - ACCESSIBLE TOURISM HIGHLIGHTED IN THE 13th TOURISM CONGRESS 08.12.2012

ACCESSIBLE TOURISM HIGHLIGHTED IN THE 13th TOURISM CONGRESS

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The 13th National Tourism Congress has been organized in Miracle Resort Hotel between 2012 December 7th and 9th by the Tourism Faculty of Akdeniz University. Representing the Turkish Hoteliers Federation, Deputy Chairman Gülçin GÜNER has participated in the opening panel of the congress, which has been held on December 7th, as a speaker. The session chair of the opening panel discussion, the heading of which was “new products, services, and strategies towards a new era in the world and in Turkey”, was Professor Akın Aksu, the Dean of the Tourism Faculty. In the panel, Ms. Gülçin Güner addressed new products, services, and strategies in terms of tourism sector.

The chairman of ALTİD, Ms. Gülçin GÜNER emphasized the importance of integrating science into practice and the significance of labor. Ms. GÜNER continued as in the following: 

“We can come together and negotiate our costs both with the political will and the tourism industry. We are able to foresee projected crises and take necessary precautions. While the total share of five significant centers was 75%, this ration has been dropped to around 40%. It has been raised to approximately %40 by facilitation of airway transportation. Antalya is still a dynamic power and catalyst. There is a great development in investments in Istanbul and Anatolia. Foreign groups are implementing a policy of expansion. They are investing not only with their main brands, but also with their flanker brands. Meantime, domestic investors are shifting their growing considerations from beaches to urban hotel operation and boutique concepts. We also observe those domestic groups are diversifying their brands. This is a welcome development as well. 

Flanker brands are also being developed in family and wellness hotels, hotels appealing to adults, and domestic chain hotels. There are also investments in thermal tourism and winter sports. As for shopping tourism, European countries have determined that those coming from China allocate one-third of their time to shopping. As for gastronomic tourism, we also have Turkish kitchen that we try to develop in a problematic process. The world and Europe is progressing rapidly in this regard. Shopping Festivals exist in Middle East as well. Cinema industry is creating a boom in African countries. It creates tourist traffic and brands starts to come in. With the addition of the middle class in Asian countries to luxury consumption trends, particularly the interest of automotive industry in the region is increasing. The point I would like to mention is this: These examples must be examined in order to enhance luxurious tourism and income.

Holiday memories are decisive on choice. Holyday-makers start to research who is taking a holiday when, how can I take a holiday with him/her. Sharing networks mediate the development of such relations as well. Disabled Tourism, single tourism, tourism for the elderly are the other tourism types to be developed. Will labor-intensive sectors continue? Tourism cannot be done by robots, so it will. There is no tourism industry without humans involved in. Perhaps smart systems may be used in some sections. Our investments and bed supply are getting increased. Where do we find the staff next year? What will be the status of the staff in the tourism of future? A task, which is very important in this sense, falls to the industry and the academic circles. Only 3% of the employees are provided tourism education. And 72% of this portion is provided with two-year vocational school education. We need to integrate science with practice.