Published on Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The city of Kars
MDG-F joint programme to contribute to the first Millennium Development Goal by addressing Turkey"s regional development disparities
The objective of the MDG-F Joint Programme for the "Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia" is to contribute towards the realization of the first Millennium Development Goal at a local level by addressing Turkey"s regional development disparities, in particular those related to Kars Province.
The objectives include the mobilization of the culture sector in Turkey's Eastern Anatolia region through activities including tourism development with a particular focus on the Province of Kars; the promotion of national ownership; the creation of a model of participatory governance; and the stimulation of increased income for the people of Kars Province .
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is responsible for three major outputs including the formulation of a Tourism Master Plan, capacity-building amongst local communities for entrepreneurship to enhance income from tourism-related activities, and marketing and promotion activities for Kars province.
The Joint Programme was officially extended for an additional six months until July 2011.
Activities have included:
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.