We are happy and honored to announce that our Project, Technical Assistance for Revitalization of History in Şanlıurfa, has won the “Tourism Project of the Year” award under the category of Destination Planning by the City Awards Turkey 2018.
The award ceremony, which was held at Dokuz Eylül University – Sabancı Culture Palace on July 19th 2018, had 20 award categories and 3 main awards including special awards, science-themed academic awards, and stakeholder awards, under the theme of “glimmer of hope”. The award we won acknowledges the work of our project, which aims to let all visitors experience the living history of the Şanlıurfa Urban Conservation Area and Göbeklitepe Archaeological Site in the main list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites, in achieving sustainability, social benefit, originality, and impact on the city and its inhabitants. Göbeklitepe, regarded as one of the oldest sites of archeological ruins and one of the oldest temples in the world, has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative List since 2011. On July 1st 2018, the Foreign Ministry declared that the number of inscribed sites from Turkey on UNESCO World Heritage List has reached eighteen, as Göbeklitepe had been added to the List.
Within the scope of the Project, our Team has been working on increasing the attraction of Şanlıurfa, developing city branding, promotion and marketing strategies, creating a tourism-oriented public-private partnership model, developing and implementing a sustainable tourism governance model, and improving the quality of services, tourism products, and commercialization of natural and cultural assets including the preservation areas for more than 1 year. In this regard, we are extremely proud to be considered as “the glimmer of hope for Şanlıurfa.”
With the aim of creating a glimmer of science and hope for cities in Turkey, City Awards Turkey represents one of the most comprehensive and esteemed programmes within the scope of “Living Cities Project.” (http://www.yasayansehirler.org/)
We would like to thank City Awards Turkey for recognizing our hard work, and our team for their efforts in making this possible. This award will inspire and motivate us for projects to come.