Erzurum is a unique destination for winter tourism, would you tell about this issue? With the richness of its historical heritage, the diversity of its cultural and social values, and the dynamism of its culture and tourism actors, Erzurum is one of the most attractive geographies of the world. In this beautiful city, we have been doing very important works to adopt, to preserve, and to sustain the historical and cultural assets and values with all its diversity and also to share them with the family of humanity to promote. Erzurum, the city of history and civilization, is like an open-air museum with its past and its natural beauties. One of the world’s most prestigious sports town with its Palandöken, Konaklı and Kandilli Skiing Centers, Erzurum is also one of the rare symbols and motifs of the world that reflects Turkish history. We are working hard to promote our cultural and natural assets of universal values, which are accepted as a common heritage of our history,
to the World. Also, we have great effort to create the consciousness in society to protect this universal inheritance. From this perspective, Erzurum is one of the most important cities worth seeing in the world, especially for belief, nature, winter and summer tourism.

I have a frank question. What does Erzurum offer to Arab tourists? Why should they come to Palandoken instead of the Alps? Erzurum is a city of Olympic games. There are lots of facilities for winter sports which are organized by many international organizations every year. These include Ski Jumping Towers, Ski Facilities in Palandöken, Kandilli and Konaklı, ice rink, ice hockey, curling and biathlon facilities which were inaugurated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he was Prime Minister. The most important ski resort in Turkey is in Erzurum. Considering the transportation facilities, Erzurum is one of the most easy-to-access ski resorts. You can access to the ski run 15 minutes after getting off the airport. Since it is very cool in the summer, it is also a High Altitude Camping Center. Soccer teams and athletes come here to camp at high altitude before the season begins. In addition to this, there are more than 20 bastions which were built at the strategic points to protect the city in wars. Also, there are many historical mosques and madrasas such as Ulu Cami, Çifte Minareli Medrese (Madrasa of Double Minarets), Yakutiye Madrasa. At that time, the madrasas were higher education institutions like universities today. There were 32 madrasas in Erzurum. It was a city of universities. In addition, Tortum Waterfall, one of the rare in Europe, and Narman Fairy Chimneys are attracting domestic and foreign visitors. With either many 5-star-accommodation facilities with more than 5000 bed capacity and advanced facility infrastructure or with its rich cuisine, we offer a beautiful holiday full of activities to our guests who will come to Erzurum. Erzurum is also an important center for agriculture and stockbreeding … What do you suggest the investors who would like to invest in Erzurum, especially in agriculture sector? Agriculture and stockfarming are also quite important in Erzurum. 1 million 300 thousand
animals are raised in this city. 700 thousand of bovine and 600 thousand of ovine and caprine are raised annually. The amount of protein in our meat and dairy products is 4 percent higher than in other regions … We are again number one in stockfarming.

Our agricultural products are organic. In the 1950s, Erzurum used to meet the needs of our country and some foreign countries. With more than 650 thousand animals, we want our city to be the capital of cattle raising. For this, we have established an Integrated Plant of Meat and Meat Products, livestock markets, pond and irrigation facilities for agriculture and animal irrigation, and a Livestock Stock Exchange so we are moving forward to become Turkey’s production base. We have been also carrying out important studies in the marketing of these products. We want to promote Erzurum’s meat, dairy products, and honey. It is essential to note that Erzurum is literally at the crossroads … It is the center of the East and at the junction of the ways opening to Asia
and the Middle East, which provides important advantages. With a production plant in any sector, you will be able to access the most important markets easily with many advantages. In this regard, I invite our brothers in the Gulf countries to invest in our city which is safe for investors and provides the highest level of investment incentive support as their investment in Erzurum will be a profitable investment and they will have a place in Erzurum, which will be one of the few production centers of the world very soon. I would also like to say that we will provide all kinds of convenience for the investors who want to invest in Erzurum here.

BAYBURT
City of Dede Korkut Settled on the banks of River Çoruh and having been an important center on the ancient Silk Road, visited by Marco Polo and Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, Bayburt distinguishes with its natural beauties and historical-cultural heritage. Thermal and sound insulated and water-resistant “Bayburt stone” decorates the architecture of the city.
BİNGÖL
City of A Thousand Lakes Bingöl, with its many glacial lakes named “thousand lakes” in a high region of the wide East Anatolian Plateau, has various honeys rich in quality and taste. The perfect combination of seasonal changes and the soil and water resources gives Bingöl a great opportunity to produce tasteful honey.
ERZİNCAN
City of Nature Presenting all the natural beauties altogether and providing opportunities for both tranquility and adventure, Erzincan shines out by hosting nature sports less known in Turkey with its calm lakes, fast rivers, thermal waters, mountains, highlands and valleys; as well as its organic agricultural products and cultural wealth, such as copper embroidery and carpet weaving.

BAYBURT
City of Dede Korkut Settled on the banks of River Çoruh and having been an important center on the ancient Silk Road, visited by Marco Polo and Turkish traveler Evliya Çelebi, Bayburt distinguishes with its natural beauties and historical-cultural heritage. Thermal and sound insulated and water-resistant “Bayburt stone” decorates the architecture of the city.
BİNGÖL
City of A Thousand Lakes Bingöl, with its many glacial lakes named “thousand lakes” in a high region of the wide East Anatolian Plateau, has various honeys rich in quality and taste. The perfect combination of seasonal changes and the soil and water resources gives Bingöl a great opportunity to produce tasteful honey.
ERZİNCAN
City of Nature Presenting all the natural beauties altogether and providing opportunities for both tranquility and adventure, Erzincan shines out by hosting nature sports less known in Turkey with its calm lakes, fast rivers, thermal waters, mountains, highlands and valleys; as well as its organic agricultural products and cultural wealth, such as copper embroidery and carpet weaving.

BİNGÖL
City of A Thousand Lakes Bingöl, with its many glacial lakes named “thousand lakes” in a high region of the wide East Anatolian Plateau, has various honeys rich in quality and taste. The perfect combination of seasonal changes and the soil and water resources gives Bingöl a great opportunity to produce tasteful honey.

BİTLİS
Lands of 5000 years old Civilizations Bitlis has been a 5,000-year-old civilization region, and it still bears the traces of this culture. The beautiful Bitlis, in the valley surrounding Lake Van as the Crescent, is transforming into an attraction center with the proverbial five minarets, Nemrut Crater Lake and water sports opportunities.

VAN
Tribes’ Gate Van, having been many “tribes’ gate” from different religions and nations, has reached a wealthy cultural accumulation, collecting things from every passer-by. In the city ornamented
with historical buildings, it would be a mistake to leave here without visiting Van Castle, Hoşap Castle, and Akdamar Island, located in the bluest water in the world, Lake Van.

IĞDIR
Neighbor of Three Countries Iğdır is a border city with its unique climate, rich heritage and fascinating nature, and has the richness of the cultural exchange between Anatolian and Caucasian regions for centuries. Yielding several kinds of fruits, vegetables and grains, especially the unique Iğdır apricot, Iğdır Plain neighboring Mount Ağrı, is considered as an open air museum and has witnessed several migrations for thousands of years.

MUŞ
City of Tulips In the spring months, Muş is like the rainbowlike tulip garden of Eastern Anatolia with its wealthy historical heritage dating back to the Urartian times, ski resorts, unique cuisine and colorful handicrafts.

ŞIRNAK
Noah’s City Şırnak, which is called “the city of Noah” and mentioned with the Prophet Noah and the Flood, is in the Mesopotamian region, where the important civilizations of the world was established, and the Anatolian and Persian heritages crossed. Today, Şırnak is attracting attention by the help of its geographical place neighboring Middle Eastern countries, mainly Iraq and Syria.

SİİRT
City of the Tigris Siirt was founded on the crossroads of the Mesopotamian and the Anatolian civilizations. It is a place worth seeing for its climate presenting the most beautiful form of the four seasons, the fertile soil of all kinds of vegetables and fruits, handmade blankets and rugs, remedy source Pervari honey, coarse peanuts, natural beauties, and historical artifacts.

HAKKARİ
The City Neighboring the Sky Hakkari is an ancient city of the magnificent mountains and highlands and its heritage dates back to the Sumerians. Surrounded by mountains racing their summits, plains dressed up with flowers as brides and green nature of the high mountains call out to you with the history of a thousand years. Şemdinli honey, made by the bees by a brilliant taste in the rich plant diversity of plains, is something to experience.

KARS
Smiling Face of the Caucasia Kars has been an important trade city throughout the history due to its position as a bridge between Anatolia and the Caucasia. While the city center situated on the edge of the magnificent Kars Kalesi is full of beautiful examples of Baltic architecture, fascinating City of Ani on the ancient Silk Road brings many historical remnants to the present.

TUNCELİ
Tunceli, forming a magnificent landscape surrounded by mountains, is a region with untouched natural beauties and with its wide natural resources, Munzur Valley hides its unique geography with salmon-filled rivers, amazing landscapes and healing features of natural springs.

BATMAN
City of Black Gold Hasankeyf is one of the most important values of cultural wealth in Batman, which offers colorful richness of Anatolia with its magnificent history, oil and cultural heritage. Being one of the fastest developing provinces of the region, Batman reaps the benefits of oil and the population of the city is going up with the increasing investments on this magical black gold.

ELAZIĞ
City of Granite and Culture Located in the south of the Eastern Anatolian Region, Elazığ is a wealthy city with cultural and historical background. From agriculture to industry, from tourism to natural resources, it has a lot of wealth and economic development potential. In Elazığ, which is one of the richest metal and mineral regions of Turkey, marble and travertine sources are extraordinary, and the purple, brown and cherry colored marbles are very famous and unique to Elazığ.

ARDAHAN
City of Castles and Towers Being the intersection and migration center of cultures, traditions, lovers and bards with its great historical heritage, unique natural beauties, Ardahan is a quiet Anatolian city with its snowy landscape, frosty lakes, sleighs and festivals and carnivals in summer.

AĞRI
Summit City Named after the Mount Ağrı, Ağrı is a colorful city with the magnificent İshak Paşa Palace, three thousand year old rock houses and colorful markets. Located in the city extending to the Iranian border and adjacent to one of the most famous mountains in the world, Mount Ağrı, İshak Paşa Palace reflects a unique synthesis of traditional Ottoman and Seljuk architecture. To see this palace, you should go to Doğubeyazıt.

 

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