Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Turkey)

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Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism building, Ankara
Agency overview
JurisdictionGovernment of Turkey
Annual budget38.964.106.000 TL (2024)
Minister responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Turkish: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı) is a government ministry of the Republic of Turkey, responsible for culture and tourism affairs in Turkey. Revolving fund management of the ministry is carried by DÖSİMM.[1] On January 25, 2013, Ömer Çelik was appointed as minister following a cabinet change succeeding Ertuğrul Günay, who was in office since 2008.[2][3][4]

Ministry functions[edit]

One of the responsibilities of the ministry is the preservation of manuscripts, so they are available and accessible to researchers.[5]


In promoting the country, the ministry often created promotional films for the country. In 2015, the ministry gained controversy after axing a scene from a $4 million-dollar promotional involving Julianne Moore due to her allegedly "poor acting".[6] Ruhsar Demirel, of the Nationalist Movement Party, asked social affairs minister Ayşenur İslam: "How reasonable do you find promoting Turkey with the body of such names and women? How do you find, as a woman, giving plenty of money to a Hollywood star to promote Turkey, as if it were the 19th century?", and other politicians criticised her for a "depressive persona".[6] In 2017, alongside Turkish Airlines and Turkish tourism companies, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism helped finance Non-Transferable, a romantic comedy film produced by Brendan Bradley.[7][8]

In June 2018, the Ministry has sent a directive to the head of the excavations team in Turkey notifying them that according to a new regulation, 51 percent of archaeological excavation teams led by foreign crews should consist of Turkish nationals, the key posts in excavations such as archaeologist, anthropologist, art historian, restaurateur, architect, and photographer, should be reserved for Turkish citizens.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DÖSİMM page
  2. ^ "Ertuğrul Günay". Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism (in Turkish). Archived from the original on 2008-07-16. Retrieved 2008-07-22.
  3. ^ Şenyüz, Selçuk (2013-01-25). "Kabine'de değişiklik". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  4. ^ "CIA. Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments". Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  5. ^ "Manuscripts". Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey.
  6. ^ a b Lee, Benjamin (1 April 2015). "Julianne Moore cut from Turkey tourist board ad for 'poor acting'". The Guardian.
  7. ^ Gutelle, Sam. "Turkish Airlines Gets In On The YouTuber Film Trend With 'Non-Transferable'". Tubefilter.
  8. ^ Lazar, Shira (23 February 2016). "How Do You Make a Movie in Europe With Almost No Budget?". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. ^ New regulation imposes 'Turkish majority crew' rule for archeological excavations

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