Turkey at the crossroads: a study of geopolitics and tourism re-alignment

Cihangir E., Şeremet M., Cihangir-Camur K.

GEOGRAPHY, vol.107, no.3, pp.145-152, 1 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00167487.2022.2114165
  • Journal Name: GEOGRAPHY
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, IBZ Online, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Periodicals Index Online, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Educational research abstracts (ERA), Geobase, Historical Abstracts, Index Islamicus, DIALNET
  • Page Numbers: pp.145-152
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


This article examines the development of tourism in Turkey. It focuses mainly on the relationship between the country's shifting geopolitical alignment and the recent changes in the countries of origin of its international tourist clientele. The study outlines geopolitical aspects of tourism, highlighting how it can be part of government strategies to reflect shifting geopolitical alliances and relationships. In the case of Turkey, there has been something of a move away from Europe and NATO towards enhanced relations with Russia and China. The article draws on an analysis of of?cial statistics, interviews with key stakeholders in the Turkish tourism sector and direct ?eld observations at tourist sites.