ISSN:2148-4163

AN APPROACH TO BRINGING THE SILK ROAD CARAVANSERAIS INTO TOURISM: KONYA CASE


Cultural heritage assets are among the important elements that have developed as an accumulation of years and added richness to the geography to which they belong. Because of its geopolitical position, Anatolian geography has enabled many cultures to exist throughout history. Today, it is possible to say that many values of historical and cultural importance still exist throughout Anatolia. In terms of creating a sustainable tourism climate, preservation of historical and cultural assets, ensuring the balance of use and bringing these assets to tourism is extremely important. Konya, the capital of civilizations, has a rich cultural heritage in this sense. This study focuses on the approaches to tourism of the Silk Road Caravanserais as a cultural richness and the development of tourism in Konya, which is an important route for the historical Silk Road. In this study, the data gathered with the help of semi-structured questionnaire using qualitative research method was classified and the strategies to be followed for tourism development wereexplained in detail. As a result of the data classified, it was concluded that the stakeholders' views on Silk Road Tourism in Konya were positive and local administrations were aware of the importance of providing caravanserais to tourism in terms of touristic development. The fact that both tourism investors and tourism academicians understand the importance of Silk Road Tourism and engage in studies in this direction are among the most important recommendations made to stakeholders.


Keywords


Sustainability, Tourism, Silk Road Tourism, Caravanserai, Konya

Author : Gürkan AKDAĞ - Abdullah AKMAZ
Number of pages: 279-294
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.29228/JASSS.39305
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The Journal of Academic Social Science Studies
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