Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Turkey)

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Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı
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Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism building, Ankara
Agency overview
Formed 2003
Jurisdiction Government of Turkey
Headquarters Ankara
Minister 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. On January 25, 2013, Ömer Çelik was appointed as minister following a cabinet change succeeding Ertuğrul Günay, who was in office since 2008.[1][2][3]

Ministry functions[edit]

One of the responsibilities of the ministry is the preservation of manuscripts, so they are available and accessible to researchers.[4]

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".[5] 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".[5] 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.[6][7]


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

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