A group of 150 Armenian American tourists arrived in Istanbul on Tuesday from the United States for faith tourism. The theme of the tour is “Behind the Footprints of Gregorian.”
The trip was organized by the Armenian Church, which represents 600,000 Armenians living in the United States, and the Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council. The group was welcomed by Kaan Soyak, the head of the council.
In remarks to the Turkish Daily News Soyak said that the visit is a major step, at an institutional level, taken by the Armenian diaspora.
“This is the first, but not the last,” Soyak said, stating that the trip was organized as a result of two-year-long efforts paid for by themselves.
“Most of the people in the group have a Turkey-related background,” Soyak said. “They will visit the cities in this region for the first time. It is a very important step for tourism in this region.
He also called for cooperation from the ambassadors of the European Union to help them in developing contacts with Armenian institutions in their countries.
The tourist group will visit Capadoccia, Kayseri, Adana, Tarsus, Mersin, Iskenderun, Kozan, Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Urfa, Sivas and Yozgat