Çanakkale Touristic Hoteliers, Operators and Investors Association (ÇATOD) visited the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, a mega project that was soon to be opened. ÇATOD Chairman of the Board Nilgün Gökser, former Presidents Ali Akol and Armağan Aydeger and members attended the tour.
The program, which started with informative short films and presentations about the construction process of the bridge, continued with a field tour. Nilgün GÖKSER, Chairman of ÇATOD Board of Directors:
“Tourism, which is a displacement activity, develops and grows with the development of roads and vehicles. There is no tourism without roads. Roads, bridges, airports make transportation easy and possible. For this reason, transportation is an important part of tourism. The shorter the share of transportation in the holiday period, the more preferred the destination for the traveler.
Think of a holiday where you wait for hours in line for a ship or wait in a queue for miles to return to your home, would you like to come back again? Probably not.
We are counting the days to the opening of the 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, an international mega-project that we consider very important for both domestic and international tourism. Bridge and connection roads will reduce the transportation to our city from 1 hour to 6 minutes. Considering the long waiting times during the summer months, we can understand the importance of the project a little better.
This bridge will be a priority crossing point for our guests coming from the Balkan geography, which is one of our priority markets, and will contribute greatly to the achievement of our goals as tourism professionals.
With its rich cultural assets, unique nature, deep-rooted culture and art structure, our country, which provides all kinds of tourism, with its four seasons tourism potential, Çanakkale has coastline and islands; historical, cultural and spiritual values; It has a strong tourism potential with its biological diversity and geothermal resources. Çanakkale has become one of the fastest developing cities in the Marmara Region in recent years. The effect of large investments in this is huge. Among these big investments is the Museum of Troy. Troy Museum, which received the 2020 European Museum of the Year Special Appreciation Award, was deemed worthy of the 2020/2021 “European Museum Academy Special Award”, one of the important museum awards of Europe. Another valuable project is our “Gallipoli Historical Underwater Park”, which was launched on October 3, 2021 by the Çanakkale Historical Site Presidency. It provides a mysterious diving adventure that takes you back 12 years at 2 dive sites with 14 war wrecks and 106 natural reefs. Gallipoli peninsula, which is a national asset, is an indispensable travel point for domestic tourism with its martyrdoms. 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, which will facilitate access to all these values, is one of the big steps taken in the name of sustainable tourism.
This mega project will lead to an increase in the number of domestic and foreign guests in our region in the coming period, which will greatly contribute to the economy of our country and the region. " said.