Turkey's tourism policies in the period of planned development

Polat S.

journal of human sciences, vol.14, no.4, pp.3415-3431, 2017 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 14 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.14687/jhs.v14i4.4898
  • Journal Name: journal of human sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.3415-3431


The purpose of this study is to investigate the tourism policies of Turkey in the period of planned

development which started in 1963. It is a descriptive study in terms of purpose and a qualitative

study in terms of data. The data were obtained from secondary sources and analyzed using

descriptive analysis technique. According to the five-year development plans and the Tourism

Strategy of Turkey 2023 document, Turkey's tourism policies have been created economically. In

particular, the first four plans have often emphasized the economic orientation of tourism and

mass tourism. The fifth plan highlighted the diversification of tourism, while the sixth plan

highlighted the participation of the local community in tourism. The seventh plan aims to meet the

expectations of local people and tourists with a competitive and productive tourism economy. The

eighth, ninth and tenth plans have emphasized that the investments paying attention to physical

and cultural environment should be supported for spread of tourism all over the country and year.

Moreover, in the last three development plans and Tourism Strategy of Turkey-2023 document,

the participation of different stakeholders in decision mechanisms and focusing on the tourism

types generating more tourism revenue policies have been adopted.