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    University of Florida News
    May 30 2012

    Filed under Announcements, InsideUF (Campus), Top Stories on Wednesday,
    May 30, 2012.

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Students and faculty from the University of
    Florida's College of Health and Human Performance will travel to
    Turkey next month as part of an ongoing effort to promote peace
    through tourism and cultural understanding.

    They will research, create and implement tourism initiatives in
    collaboration with students and professors from Dokuz Eylul University
    in Turkey and Armenian State University of Economics.

    This trip is part of a three-year cooperative agreement among the
    three universities to strengthen tourism education, research and
    industry outreach while bridging the gaps between cultures.

    Historically, relations between the Turks and Armenians have been
    strained by a number of political and societal issues that have
    hindered efforts to unite the region. In October 2009, both countries
    agreed to establish diplomatic relations, an effort that is still in
    the early stages of development.

    Asli Tasci, assistant professor in the department of tourism,
    recreation and sport management, and Stephanie Thorn, Eric Friedheim
    Tourism Institute Program manager, will travel with 11 UF students
    over a 10-day period as they visit Istanbul and Kars and Ani. There,
    they will collaborate on a project to employ regional tourism
    development initiatives at the Ani Ruins, also known as the City
    of 1001 Churches. The ruins are a major cultural and heritage site
    significant in both the Armenian and Turkish cultures.

    Students will use social media and online networking tools such as
    Pinterest, Facebook, Flickr and WordPress to help promote tourism
    within the Turkey-Armenia border region. In addition, participants from
    all three universities will share presentations on various aspects
    of their cultures, covering topics such as music and dance, cuisine,
    religion and daily life.

    This project is funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S.

    Embassy in Ankara, Turkey and is sponsored by the EFTI at the
    University of Florida.

    The Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute is committed to building a bridge
    between the tourism industry, organizations, destinations and higher
    education through excellence in interdisciplinary research that
    provides strategic information focused on a wide array of travel,
    tourism and hospitality opportunities.

    For more information, please contact Tasci at [email protected] or
    352-294-1653, or Thorn at [email protected] or 352-392-3992.