Winter tourism discussed in the panel of TUYED

TUYED winter tourism in the panel were tabled: TUYED and Turkey's Sabanci University was to focus on winter tourism potential of the panel held in cooperation. In the panel where the destinations and projects developing snow facilities and ski facilities were discussed, the problems experienced in winter tourism were also mentioned and the negative effects of climate change were also noted.


Sabanci University's Istanbul Policy Center and the Association of Tourism Writers and Journalists (TUYED) is organized in cooperation with "emerging in Turkey Winter Tourism and Changing Climate" panel Sabanci University was held at Karakoy Minerva Han. The panel moderated by TUYED President Kerem Köfteoğlu, GÜMTOB President Haluk Beceren, Kayseri Erciyes AŞ Chairman of the Board Murat Cahid Cıngı, IPM Researcher Cenk Demiroğlu and Culture and Tourism Expert Şener Şen as speakers.


Giving information about the development of Uludağ in tourism, its natural features and the establishment process, Haluk Beceren said:

“Uludağ has been turned into an extremely weak summer tourism area. In the narrow 2 regions, there are the Sarıalan and Çobanköy locations where a limited number of people come and stay. Summer tourism was closed under the name of National Park. I think the summer makers had no harm. Unfortunately, this mass was exiled from Uludağ. Flocks of sheep living in the pastures of Uludağ are also not allowed here. There are creatures whose species are decreasing. For example, Apollo Butterfly started to run out. It was stated that the breeding of the butterfly was with the liquid taken from the lip of the sheep while grazing. The butterfly is gone when the sheep is gone.


A new runway starting from 2400 meters will be built in Uludağ. I am already giving the good news of this. We have 7 thousand beds in the mountain. The largest bed capacity belongs to the Armed Forces. In the winter season, 15 thousand people visit Uludağ daily. Traffic jams at the weekend. Sometimes people say road and parking is not enough. However, there is a lot of density in these dates. Otherwise, we have a place in Uludağ. However, as the operator, we can move limited due to the National Park. There is a cable car building in Uludağ. If this line ends, it will be the longest cable car line in the world. The city will be accessible in 20-25 minutes. It will increase the number of excursions in the summer. This will perhaps make it easier for guests from Arab countries to climb the mountain. Arabs want more water, coolness and green. Things that are not in their own country. For this reason, it is highly demanded in Yalova and its vicinity.


We have not come to these days with state support such as Erzurum or Kayseri. We have come to today with private sector experiences. It takes time for us to do some things within the borders of the National Park as our mayor couldn't get the deed of the mountain like in Erciyes. If we can develop recreation areas with the Master Plan, we will have new projects for the summer period. Football fields are among them.


Expressing that there is still no mountain legislation in our country, Kayseri Erciyes A.Ş. Chairman of the Board, Murat Cahid Cıngı, in his speech at the panel, said the following about the project they realized on Mount Erciyes:

“We are realizing the biggest project of 300 million Euros in Anatolian history. With the Erciyes Tourism Master Plan, we intend to get a large share in the tourism industry. While Cappadocia was with us, Kayseri could not benefit from it. We, as the people of Kayseri, were sorry that we could not get a share of this potential. With this plan, we will create employment for 3 thousand people. We think that there will be a direct and indirect business volume of 100 million euro. There are three legs in our plan. Kayseri, Mount Erciyes and the Cappadocia triangle form the content of our plan. We also want to direct the tourists coming to Cappadocia in the summer to Erciyes. We have studies on this subject.


Our Metropolitan Municipality has taken the deed of the land on the mountain where the master plan was applied. This is a first. In order to be able to move more comfortably on some issues, the land of 26 million square meters of land was taken. This makes the municipality's hand easier. In addition, a symposium on global warming was held. As a result, the researchers agreed that global warming will not be a threat over the next 50 years. Within the scope of the project, 21 hotels will serve on Mount Erciyes.


We have a chance to use public power. When we first opened, we gave the public free service. Sometimes we knowingly hurt. We keep our prices low. Some ski resorts want 300 TL per day while we request the seasonal 130 TL. The business models of ski resorts are very important. We need public power here. As a result, we do not have a winter tourism culture like Austria in our country.


Culture and Tourism Ministry of Tourism Experts Sener Sen panel data sharing their share of the World Tourism Organization tourism Turkey and gave various figures about revenues. Şen, who said that one of the 7 tourism routes planned in tourism is Winter Tourism Road, emphasized the importance of Winter Tourism in diversification of tourism. Şener Şen gave information about the projects and planned investments in Bursa Uludağ, Erzurum Palandöken, Kayaklı, Sarıkamış, Mount Erciyes, Kocaeli Kartepe, Bolu Kartalkaya, Kastamonu Ilgaz, Isparta Davraz, which are among the important destinations for Winter Tourism.


Saying that ski tourism has been carried out in 80 countries, Sabancı University Istanbul Policy Center officer, researcher, academician Cenk Demiroğlu gave information about the number of ski tourism in which country, and the number of skiers. Demiroğlu, who said that China could create an important demand in the future, emphasized that ski tourism has a share of 1.1 percent among 2 billion international travels. France Demiroğlu said the name of the ski tourism could be a model for Turkey, "a bad example for the environment, although quite important in terms of mass tourism," he said. Demiroğlu said:

"We have almost all the ski areas in the Alps up to Turkey. However, with climate change, this area is getting narrower. According to international studies, around 2 million square kilometers of snow cover is said to have disappeared. Our ski center in Turkey 40 years ago, while today 1.4 meters of snow in the state in 1 meter below. "