Edirne, Turkey, on 28 - 30 May will host an event titled "Turkic Republics; Cultural Diplomacy and Tourism" | "Turkic and Armenian Diasporas; Public Diplomacy: Opportunities and Risks".
One of the co-organizers of the event TASAM (Turkish Asian Centre for Strategic Studies) wrote on its official webpage in connection with the event:
When considering geographical distributions and global and continental tendencies, obstacles have occurred, which prevented Turkic republics to develop deep economical relations among themselves. At this point, concentrating on tourism and cultural interaction seems to be best proper option for Turkic republics to improve their relations with each other. On the other hand, the change in technology, economics and politics, which have been brought by the increasing global rivalry, has not only affected the nature of cultural interaction but changed the consumption of patterns in tourism. Lately, cultural tourism has become prominent and it has been predicted that it will develop rapidly.
Also being effective in tourism is not just beneficial for the economy, but it also brings cultural interaction with it. Therefore, developing activities whether in cultural tourism or in other fields of tourism are crucially important for the improvement of relations between Turkic republics.