The Turkish president’s visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina is expected to boost the Balkan state’s tourism and economy, according to Bosnian hotel owners.
On Sunday, May 20, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will be guest of honor at the 6th Ordinary Congress of the Union of European Turkish Democrats in Sarajevo.
Around 15,000 guests from across Europe are expected to attend the congress, making contributions to the country’s tourism as well as the economy.
Most of the hotels in the Bosnian capital are already fully booked.
Turkish president to receive honorary PhD in Sarajevo
The International University of Sarajevo (IUS) in Bosnia’s capital is set to give a honorary doctorate to Turkey’s president during his visit on May 20.Rector Ahmet Yıldırım told Anadolu Agency that they decided to give the title to Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in recognition of his contributions to the university, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and international politics. Yildirim said the honorary doctorate has been years in the making.”We offered to give it to President Erdoğan in 2016 but it didn’t fit in his itinerary,” said Yildirim.Yildirim said that the university was founded in 2004 by the Foundation for Sarajevo Development (SEDEF) at Erdoğan’s suggestion.”The first president of independent Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic, asked Erdoğan to look after for Bosnia. So as one of the first steps, the IUS was founded,” said Yildirim.“Since its founding, Erdoğan has continuously supported our university. Even Erdoğan agreeing to receive this honorary doctorate is a big boost for us. It’s a big honor for 14 year-old-IUS to bestow such a title on one of the most important leaders in the world.”Young universityThe IUS, with five faculties and 18 departments, currently has about 700 students from 56 countries.The university serves as a bridge between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey for young people to get to know the social and cultural values of each other’s countries.It also serves the convergence of social and revitalization of common values and culture and aims to contribute to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economic development. IUS diplomas are recognized by Turkey’s Board of Higher Education (YOK) as well as European Union countries.To date, 713 people have graduated from the university.
Senad Halilovic, manager of the Hollywood and Hills hotels, which are now fully booked due to the congress, told Anadolu Agency they had gotten reservations from several European countries, including Austria, the Netherlands, and Germany.
He said they had reservations for 500 guests for May 19 and 900 for May 20, adding that many hotels in the city are full thanks to the general assembly.
“The visit of President Erdoğan is important for the country,” said Halilovic, adding the event would help promote tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mirha Konak, sales director of Hotel Holiday in Sarajevo, said 350 people had made reservations at their hotel for the general assembly. Konak sees the event as very important for boosting tourism in the country.
Konak stated that the large number of people coming from Europe is important for promoting Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans.
The event will make a significant contribution to the country’s economy, she added.