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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The 19th Konyaaltı Summer Festival

The traditional Konyaaltı Summer Festival will be held in Antalya Feslikan Plateau on August 2-3 by Konyaaltı Municipality

In the festival, there will be the traditional Turkish Oil Wrestling and concerts. All activities will be completely free! 

Turkey's most famous stars Volkan Konak and Bengü will meet their fans.

Festival Programme

August 2, 2014
Time 08:00 pm

Volkan Konak and Bengü Concerts

August 3, 2014
Time: 09:00 am

Oil Wrestling

Antalya Aquabike and Flyboard Race

Antalya Aquabike and Flyboard Race will be held in Antalya Konyaaltı Beach No 5 on August 2-3. The race will be held under the sponsorship of IATA, Aerobilet, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Konyaalti Municipality, and Chamber of Maritime Commerce. 

On August 2, there will be Yamaha Stock Slalom , Yamaha Stock Drag and Woman Class Races. On Sunday, August 3, Drag Open Class, Open Class Slalom Pro Endurance Cup Balkans, and Free Style Flyboard Cup races will be held.

Don't Miss The Antalya Aquabike and Flyboard Race!!!

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Don't Miss the 5th International Manavgat Motorcycle Festival!!!

The 5th International Manavgat Motorcycle Festival will be held in Manavgat from July 30 to August 02.

This year, the festival will take place near Bogaz Hotel in Titreyengöl district. The world famos motorcycle clubs from Turkey and other contries, and more than 2,000 motorcycle lovers will participate to the festival.

In the Motorcycle Festival, Turkey's most famous stars Kurtalan Ekspres, Sibel Tüzün, Cambaz and Doğukan Manço will meet their fans.

Every night the famous DJ `s, and the concept of private parties, dance shows during the day as gift tournaments and competitions, tourist trips will take place in the festival: Pit Stop Girls Show, Samba Show, Gogo Show...

Don't miss the 5th International Manavgat Motorcycle Festival!!!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Antalya - Kemer Sea Bus services have started

Sea Bus services between Antalya and Kemer began on 26 June 2014. SeaBus is a passenger only ferry between Antalya Kaleici (OldTown) Marina and Kemer Marina. Antalya Metropolitan Mayor Menderes Türel and Governor of Antalya Sebahattin Öztürk attended opening ceremony.

SeaBus Schedule:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. to 05:00 p.m.

Sea buses will provide free services on June 27-28-29. Other days, a ticket for sea buses for Antalya - Kemer will be 10 (TL) Turkish Lira. You can buy tickets from  Antalya Kaleici Marina and Kemer Marina

There are only 3 sea buses. Names of the sea buses are Olympos, Termessos and Aspendos. Each of 3 has 20 gt 650 kW, with two engines, and a capacity of 42 passengers.

EXPO 2016 Antalya Tower Project Announced

Contestants of the EXPO 2016 Antalya  Tower Architectural Design Competition were given awards by the EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency. The project won first place, inspired by Hadrian's Gate and palm trees. Secretary-General of Expo 2016 Antalya Selami Gulay said that the Eiffel Tower was made for the Expo in 1889 and has become one of the world's symbolic structures,  EXPO 2016 Antalya  Tower will be Turkey's Eiffel tower.

Antalya is entitled to make the World Horticultural Expo in 2016 which is considered one of the world's most important organizations in the Executive Committee meeting which was held on October 12 at the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris. 

During the fair the 5 million tourists expected to visit Antalya. "Flower and Child" theme Expo is expected to bring revenue to the city of 4 billion Euros. Antalya 2016, an A1 International Horticultural Exhibition has already been recognized by the AIPH (International Association of Horticultural Producers), has applied for recognition by the BIE. The organizers presented for the first time to the committee the concept of their horticultural exhibition and reported on the progress made. 130 countries from all over the world are expected to participate to Expo Antalya 2016. 

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Tourism Cooperation in Turkic World

The Fourth Summit of Turkic Council starts in Bodrum. This year the Summit will concentrate on “Tourism Cooperation”

The Fourth Summit of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), an international organization established by the Nakhchivan Agreement signed among Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey in 2009, will be held on 4-5 June 2014 in Bodrum, Turkey. The President of Turkmenistan will also attend the Summit.  

Within the scope of the Summit, Senior Officials Committee will meet on 2-3 June followed by the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers on 4 June, while the Council of Heads of States will meet on 5 June 2014. Secretary General of the Turkic Council will hold a press conference on 5 June.

The Summit is an institutionalized continuation of the Summits Process that took place from 1992 to 2010.  Each year the Summit is hosted by a different member state with a different topic. This year the Summit will concentrate on “Tourism Cooperation”. 

In preparation for the Fourth Summit the Ministers in Charge of Tourism of the Turkic Council met for the first time on 11 April 2014 in Istanbul. Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan; Marat Igaliev, Chairman of Tourism Industry Committee of Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of the Republic of Kazakhstan; Maksat Chakiev, Deputy Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Halil Akinci, Secretary General of the Turkic Council attended the meeting hosted by Ömer Çelik, Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. 

Turkic World
The Ministers signed a Joint Cooperation Protocol in Tourism at the said meeting in order to promote the tourism potential of the Member States. The Ministers instructed the relevant authorities for preparation of the joint tour programme named “Turkic Council-Modern Silk Road”, together with a tourist guide, authorized the establishment of a Task Force under the leadership of Kazakhstan to make field visits in the Member States, underlined the importance of preparing necessary conditions for the organization of the tourism training programs to be conducted by Turkey for the other Member States. Furthermore, they decided to establish a Tourism Business Association under the aegis of the Turkic Council in order to initiate multilateral cooperation in tourism among private sectors of the Member States.  

Upon the invitation extended by Azerbaijan, the Second Meeting of the Ministers in Charge of Tourism of the Turkic Council will be held in May in 2015.

The Flag of Turkic Council

Photos from The Fourth Summit of Turkic Council

Additional information will be distributed to the media following the Summit. (

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Visit the Turkic Academy:

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Monday, June 2, 2014

The 21st Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival

While celebrating its 21st Anniversary, International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival makes significant contributions to our country’s international promotion by bringing together the unique historical properties and the extraordinary acoustic of 2000 years old Aspendos Antique Theatre with Antalya’s natural beauties and the peaceful nature of art that reaches beyond the boundaries of language, religion and race. International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival, being the only opera and ballet festival of our country, has been the most important organisation of the Directorate General of State Opera and Ballet since 1994, gained an international recognition in 1998, and is nominated among the world’s most famous festivals.
The fact of being held at an antique theater like Aspendos, whose history goes back to 166 A.D, gives a distinct meaning to the International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival.
The audience, among whom % 70 are foreign tourists, has been seeing the performances of our festival every year.
With its increasing spectators year by year, International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival has become a visual carnival where history, music and a large number of people from several nations come together. 

The Festival, was accepted to EFA-European Festivals Association which is among the most respectful organisations in Europe, on October 24, 2003 and thus has confirmed its distinguished place among other festivals in the world once more.      

In 2004, as the result of a research done by The Independent, newspaper published in England, International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival ranked the 5th among 10 best opera festivals selected from among the renown opera festivals organized all over the world. Furthermore, International Aspendos Opera and Ballet Festival was given place within the first 10 among the Best Festivals of 2005 by the Festspiele Magazine, published in Germany, investigating all the festivals over the world.   

Don't miss the 21st Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival. From 30 Aug 2014 to 20 Sep 2014.

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The 8th International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival

International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival (SANDLAND) is a mega exhibition of sand sculptures that organized by Global Design Art Works. International Antalya Sand Sculpture Festival is considered the one of the largest sand event in the world, by the size of its sculptures and the area they occupy.

Official Opening Ceramony: 01 June 2014
Official Closing Ceramony: 30 November 2014

What is there at the festival area?

  • Cafeteria   
  • Atv Safari
  • Mini Children's Playground
  • Official Festival Souvenir Shop
  • Authentic Souvenir Shops
  • Sand Castle
  • Nightly Video Mapping Show
Festival theme changes and exhibition is visited by thousands of people every year. Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, Antalya Promotion Foundation, Antalya Journalists Association and many other agencies and organizations supports the festival. Every year, a group of sand sculptors, from all over the the world join to give shape to 10.000 tons of sand, in an area of 7.000 square meters.

This year the theme of the 8th International Antalya sand Sculpture Festival is the EMPIRES II. The visitors have opportunity to see most important Empires at the exhibition area of the festival.

Sandland also incorporates a playful dimension with a space for sand sculpture activities, where each day, adults, teens and children may experience and show their creative abilities in this form of artistic expression. In the nights Led lightning system offers colourfull and magnificiant athmosphere to the exhibition area. Beside this visitors can watch the festival documentary dvd by the sinevision system during the night.

Entrance Fees
Adult: 15 TL
Child (0-2 y. for free): 6 TL

Where is Sandland

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The Agreement on Visa Abolition between the Turkey, Moldova and Belarus have Entered into Force

The Agreement on Visa Abolition between the Turkey, Moldova and Belarus have entered into force on 1 June 2014. 

Press Release Regarding the Entry into Force of the Agreement on Visa Abolition between the Turkey, Moldova and Belarus by the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 

“The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Moldova on the Mutual Abolition of Visas”, which was signed in Ankara on 1 November 2012, entered into force on 1 June 2014. With this Agreement, citizens of both countries will be exempted from visa requirement for a period of 90 days regardless of the type of their passports.

We believe that this Agreement is an important symbol of Turkish-Moldovan cooperation and will contribute to the political, economic, human and cultural dimensions of our relations with Moldova, whom we consider as a neighbour with strong historical ties.

“The Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Turkey and the Government of the Republic of Belarus on the Mutual Abolition of Visas”, which was signed on 29 March 2013 in Minsk, entered into force on 1 June 2014. With this Agreement, citizens of both countries will be exempted from visa requirement for a period of 30 days regardless of the type of their passports.

This Agreement is considered as an important step which will contribute to the strengthening of relations between Turkey and Belarus. We believe that mutual visa exemption, which is a concrete reflection of our political relations that have recently gained impetus through high-level visits, will strengthen the commercial, human and cultural aspects of our relations with Belarus.

Friday, May 2, 2014

The 101 Most Inspiring Travel Quotes of All Time

1. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." --St. Augustine 

2. “Not all those who wander are lost.” -– J. R. R. Tolkien

3. "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list." --Susan Sontag 

4. “The further one goes, the less one knows.” Lao Tzu 

5. "Once you have traveled the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey."--Pat Conroy

6. “The open road is a beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself.”--William Least Heat Moon

7. "Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness"--Mark Twain

8. "Nobody goes there any more, it is too crowded."--Yogi Berra

9. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.”--Alan Keightley

10. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” --Proust

11. "A well-spent day brings happy sleep."--Leonardo Da Vinci

12. “Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversations.”--Elizabeth Drew

13."Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."--Mark Twain

14. "Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people."--Mark Twain

15. "Travelling is almost like talking with men of other centuries." Descartes

16. "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."--Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer."--Henry David Thoreau 

18. "I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine."--Caskie Stinnett

19. "I have been a wanderer among distant fields. I have sailed down mighty rivers."--Percy Busshe Shelley"

20. "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."--Confucius

21. "The gentle reader will never, never know what a consummate ass he can become until he goes abroad."--Mark Twain

22. "How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains!"--John Muir

23. "I love to travel, but hate to arrive."--Albert Einstein

24. “Too often… I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.”--Louis L’Amour

25. "My favorite thing to do is to go where I have never gone." --Diane Arbus

26. "I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world.--George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life

27. "Travel is intensified living--maximum thrills per minute and one of the last great sources of legal adventure."--Rick Steves 

28. "It is not down in any map; true places never are."--Herman Melville

29. "There is no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them." --Mark Twain

30. "Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken." -- Frank Herbert

31. "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."--James Michener

32. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."--Henry David Thoreau 

33. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."-- Helen Keller

34. "A ship is safe at harbor, but that is not what ships are for."--William Shedd

35. Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. - Anonymous

36. "A man should know something of his own country, too, before he goes abroad.--Lawrence Stern 

37. "I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train."--Oscar Wilde

38. "Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey."--Babs Hoffman

39. "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."--T.S. Eliot

40. "Tip the world over on its side, and everything loose will land in Los Angeles."--Frank Lloyd Wright

41. “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”--Jawaharial Nehru

42. "I sought trains. I found passengers."--Paul Theroux

43. “People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home.” -- Dagobert D. Runes

44. "It's where we go, and what we do when we get there, that tells us who we are."--Joyce Carol Oates

45. "If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears." Glenn Clark

46. "A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving."--Lao-Tzu

47. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.”--Roy M. Goodman

48. "Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living."--Miriam Beard

49. "Make voyages! Attempt them...there's nothing else."--Tennessee Williams

50. "Not I--not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself."--Walt Whitman

51.  "I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts."--Herman Melville

52. "Travel not only stirs the blood...It also gives strength to the spirit."--Florence Prag Kahn

53. "If you actually look like your passport photo, you aren't well enough to travel."--Sir Vivian Fuchs

54. “Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.”--George Eliot

55. "The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway."--Henry Boye

56.  "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."--Yogi Berra

57. "Those who say it can't be done are usually interrupted by others doing it."--James A. Baldwin

58. "The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for."--Louis L'Amour

59. "Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...."Wow, what a ride!""--Harvie Edward Ward

60. “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.”--Hilaire Belloc

61. “Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.”--Blaise Pascal

62. "Plunge boldly into the thick of life!"--Goethe

63.“The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.” – Russell Baker

 64.“Thanks to the interstate highway system, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.” –-Charles Kuralt

65.“Boy, those French. They have a different word for everything.”--Steve Martin

66.“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill 

67. “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”. – Susan Heller

68. “The adventures that seem the scariest, most difficult and dangerous are usually the ones that you will look back on, smile about, and remember forever.” –Craig Guillot.

69. “The open road is the school of doubt in which man learns faith in man.” -Pico Iyer

70. “Traveling is like flirting with life.”
71. "Travel broadens the mind – but you must have the mind."--G.K. Chesterton

72.“Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.” – Unknown

73. "Arrive as a tourist leave as a friend." --Dougie Baird

74. "We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”--Joseph Campbell.

75. "A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."-Emerson

76. “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck

77. "I speak two languages: Body and English."--Mae West

78. “For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding its victim’s time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.”--Aldous Huxley 

79. "Half the fun of the travel is the aesthetic of lostness. "--Ray Bradbury

80. ″A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”--Moslih Eddin Saadi 

81. "When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.”--William Least Heat Moon

82. "To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.”--Bill Bryson 

83. “Airplane travel is natures way of making you look like your passport photo.”--Al Gore

84. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”--Martin Buber

85. “Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”-- Benjamin Disraeli

86. “If you’re not living on the edge, you’re taking up too much space.”--Unknown

87. "Heroes take journeys confront dragons and discover the treasure of their true selves."--Carol Pearson

88. “Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” --Seneca

89. "I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep."--Robert Frost 

90. “I soon realized that no journey carries one far unless, as it extends into the world around us, it goes an equal distance into the world within.” --Lillian Smith 

91. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” --Samuel Johnson 

92. "All the pathos and irony of leaving one’s youth behind is thus implicit in every joyous moment of travel: one knows that the first joy can never be recovered, and the wise traveler learns not to repeat successes but tries new places all the time.”--Paul Fussell 

93. "The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”--Rudyard Kipling 

94. “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.”--Samuel Johnson 

95." Traveling forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”--Cesare Pavese 

96. “I did not fully understand the dreaded phrase “terminal illness” until I saw Heathrow for myself.”--Dennis Potter, 1978

97. “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.”--Anatole France

98. “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.”--Danny Kaye

99.  "If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success."-- John D. Rockefeller

100. "The traveler is active; he goes strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes sight-seeing."--Daniel Boorstin

101. "Travel is an addiction. There is no cure and the only treatment is your next trip."-- Anonymous