Twelve young journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Morocco, Romania, Slovakia, Tunisia and Turkey were participants of the Academy.
In seven day residential program, under the motto “A different view of the future in the light of history” participants had the opportunity to understand the interrelation of history and contemporary tourism through the lectures of turkish and international experts at Yasar University, and well-designed social program.
The Academy Program includes visits to popular destinations: Izmir (Kadifekale, Agora, Asansor), Bergama, Foca, Cesme, Ephesus, Selcuk, Kusadasi, Seferihisar.
Participants were familiarized with different forms of tourism and best practice examples, such as: medical (Medical Park), wine & gastro (Mahzen), religious (Virgin Mary House), historical (Ephesus)…
The Gala Dinner was held in the Izmir Chamber of Commerce with the invitees from local, regional and tourism authorities, universities, partners and sponsors.
Short Interview with Mike Black, a lecturer and director of the New Destinations Network:
In the thank speech I said:
– I’m honored to have the opportunity to represent two beautiful countries from the heart of Europe Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Here, in the cradle of cultures and religions, we had a chance to experience the authentic meaning of a life. The past has taught us that after big wars and riots, the first step to reconciliation is made by travelers and traders. Thank You for this amazing Academy!
The event was concluded after certificates are awarded to students and to deserving individuals for development of FIJET and ATURJET.
The FIJET Young Journalists Program provides an opportunity for young journalists to work with experienced tourism journalists and visit some tourism resorts. Participating students collaborate on writing and presenting an article or report (to be selected by the students) during the course of studies. Students are also required to write (for print publications) or produce (for radio and television) a report on the host country. The program is set for one week.