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Public Policy Analysis in Turkey

Past, Present and Future

Edited By Onur Kulaç, Elvettin Akman and Cenay Babaoğlu

This book presents a broad and comprehensive perspective on analysis of public policy in Turkey. Each of the twenty-six chapters presents historical development, legal background, actors, problems, and recommendations of different policies. The scope of this book is to fill the void in the literature with regards to the analyses of public policies in Turkey.

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15 Analysis of Turkey’s Tourism Policy in the Context of the EU Tourism Policy

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Uğur Filiz

15   Analysis of Turkey’s Tourism Policy in the Context of the EU Tourism Policy

Introduction

In today’s world, we are experiencing a wide range of significant economic, social, technological, political and cultural changes in terms of globalization and tourism, as one of the fundamental factors of the globalization process, plays a crucial role in the development of relationship and the provision of cultural interaction between the countries as it carries a massive international economic potential for the destinations. Accordingly, as the third largest socio-economy in the EU, tourism has great importance for the EU economy. Tourism does not only make a positive contribution to economic growth and employment but also allows the sustainable development of European regions by also helping the preservation and enhancement of cultural and natural heritage (European Parliament, 2015: 5).

The overall positive impact of the tourism sector on the balance of payment, generation of income, employment, infrastructure, and superstructure makes tourism even more critical for the developing countries (Çakırer, 2013: 3). In this context, tourism carries excellent potential in the achievement of the economic objectives for Turkey, as well. Thanks to its wide range of natural, historical and cultural touristic attractions, Turkey is between one of the most popular tourist destinations for the citizens of the EU member countries which leads to the emergence of a competitive relationship between Turkey and the EU. Considering the candidacy position of Turkey for accession to the European...

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