Despite the Corona epidemic ... tourism continues in Turkey
The first thing that you ask about once you read this article, is how Turkey can maintain tourism in a time when flights were suspended and travel and aviation were suspended because of the Corona pandemic, which had already moved between the parts of the world due to mixing and not taking measures of social separation!
Finding an answer to this question may seem impossible to some, as all indications confirm that people have left their homes, and the movement of tourism and aviation throughout all countries of the world ceased to comply with the dangerous creep resulting from the Covid-19 killer outbreak.
Yes, the world is subservient to preventive measures, but thinking remains a rebel looking for an alternative to one of the most important sectors in human life "travel and tourism." For example, Turkey, which was making billions of dollars from the sector and annually comes to millions of tourists,
That’s why Turkey rushed to find the alternative by hurrying to launch many applications and sites that allows the tourist of yesterday or the tourist who was intending to visit and stop his project because of the new virus, allows him to visit by default and wander inside its features and its effects as if it was actually there.
Turkey has also maintained its tourists by presenting musical performances and film festivals through various pillars of the Internet.
Below we present to you the most important efforts of Turkey to preserve the tourism sector in the time of Corona:
- Organizing virtual tours in the museums of Turkey, where the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism started with the beginning of the Coruna epidemic in late March, launching the Sanal Muze site, which allows its visitor to take a virtual tour of the most important and most beautiful sites and landmarks of the Turkish cultural heritage and use the period of social separation to conduct a three-dimensional tour experience for the most prominent sites, tourist and ethnographic museums, and here, Turkish lovers were able to roam remotely at the Göbeklitepe site in Sanliurfa, as well as the Canakkale Museum, known for its historical epic and ancient museums in both Gaziantep and Izmir.
- The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism was keen to update the wealth of information on its website www.ktb.gov.tr in Turkish and English to introduce Turkey's culture, traditions and customs, not to mention virtual tours of historical monuments such as the Sumela Monastery, Topkapi Palace, the Dolmabahce palace and the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.
- Organizing a tour and informational tour through a specialized website and a live Turkey collector that provides its visitors with a live broadcast service and a set of videos that define Turkey's culture, landmarks, art, sports, delicious dishes and modern cuisine.
- Enabling cinematic audiences to watch a selection of films from the last session of the Istanbul Film Festival, where users of the World Wide Web were allowed free re-viewing of 12 famous films that were shown at the festival last year as an exception through the MUBI platform due to the postponement of the festival, which was scheduled for this year during the period of 10 To 21 April, taking into account quarantine conditions and preventive measures to reduce the spread of the emerging virus Covid-19.
- Enabling the public to watch the sustainable live movies festival or sustainable living films through a television channel broadcast over the Internet affiliated with the festival administration showing dozens of Turkish and foreign films translated in different languages in order to maintain the tradition of the festival that is held annually for a period of more than a decade, especially as it shows films with targeted topics such as Climate change, the future of tourism, urban transformation, nature conservation and waste minimization.
- In order to enable the children's audiences to cope with the conditions of the quarantine, the Turkish Film Foundation and the Audiovisual Cultural Foundation have started organizing an annual online festival directed to the children’s category from the Turkish National Childhood Day, where a group of films will be shown through a channel created specifically for them through the YouTube platform.
- Organizing live and direct concerts that enable Turkish song lovers around the world to listen to their favorite artists on the sofa in a live broadcast, which the artist will in turn broadcast from his home.
These were some of the axes of the strategy adopted by Turkey in order to preserve its tourism sector and not to disconnect with tourists who have been adhering to its visit annually, but the conditions of the global epidemic forced them to stop temporarily and content themselves with a virtual tour of the most important features, effects, customs and traditions.
And Turkey’s tourism strategy adds to many economic plans to avoid the negative effects of the Coronavirus, for example, in the real estate sector, it transferred all transactions for buying property in Turkey or buying property in Istanbul to an online service of buying and selling, which actually paid off, as the real estate companies achieved sales via the Internet It reached 100 million Turkish Liras during the month of March.