On April 27, graduation party was held at the Academy of Tourism in Antalya. The theme of the party was the main Oscar awards ceremony “Best Student of the Year 2019”. Preparations began long before graduation – decorating the assembly hall, rehearsing, preparing gifts and surprises. Before the prom began, all students wearing graduation gowns gathered near the main entrance for a memorable photo. Students chanted “Hurray!”, throwing caps in the air and enjoying one of the most important events in life.

Rector of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya, Zafer Bikkenoglu congratulated the students and wished them good luck in adulthood.

But the most important thing ahead of them was the awarding ceremony of the Oscars:

– Baratova Maftuna won in the nomination “High academic achievements”

– Mustafayev Rasul won in the nomination “Sports Achievements”

– Stanislav Lublin won in the nomination “Best in his profession”

– Kervovenova Leah won in the nomination “Active participation in events”

All nominees were awarded with diplomas in each nomination.

At the end of the prom, a festive tea party was organized for students.

Student life, one of the most exciting periods in life, came to an end. Yes, at times it was very difficult and challenging, but it was worth it. It was worth cheerful meetings with new friends, unforgettable impressions, fun and tears of chagrin!

Good luck to all graduates in the outside world!

From 8 to 10 August, Antalya Academy of Tourism, represented by the Academy Rector Mr Zafer Bikkenoglu, took part in the large-scale International Tourism Forum and exhibition “Tajikistan-2019”, held in the capital of Tajikistan, Dushanbe, with the aim of developing the tourism potential of the republic. The guests of the meeting were members of the Government and Parliament of the Republic of Tajikistan, heads of ministries and departments, representatives of world tourism organizations and agencies, leading scientists and experts in the field of tourism from 25 countries of the world – more than 400 people in total.

On August 9, at the official opening of the forum, distinguished guests addressed with greetings to those present: Peter Yanech – Head of the Department of Europe of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Cassandra Colbert – Regional Manager for Central Asia of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Xie Xiaoyong – Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Habibullo Mirzozoda – Executive Director of the Secretariat of the Meeting on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (СICA), Rector of the Academy of tourism in Antalya Zafer Bikkenoglu. In his speech, the latter outlined the possibilities of the tourism sector in Turkey, the training and internship system of the Academy of Tourism, as well as the prospects for cooperation between the Academy of Tourism and the Committee on Tourism Development of Tajikistan. Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu proposed the Academy as a platform for the exchange of experience in the sphere of tourism and services between Tajikistan and Turkey. The Academy is also ready to commit itself to the training of qualified personnel in the hospitality sector of Tajikistan, using the opportunities of online training.


As a result of the forum, a bilateral memorandum of cooperation was signed between the Academy of Tourism in Antalya and the Committee for Tourism Development of Tajikistan, which outlines the main areas of work: providing courses and trainings on the basis of the Academy for teaching hotel and restaurant staff, assistance in attracting investment in tourism in Tajikistan, professional training and much more.

As part of the eventful program of the forum, participants visited the best tourist attractions of the country. The rector of the Academy visited the picturesque Varzob valley, as well as  health resort in the mountains with mineral and thermal waters and radon springs.

Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu expressed his gratitude to the Turkish Embassy in Tajikistan, whose diplomats encouraged Academy participation in this prestigious event and provided all possible assistance and support, following the strategy of the Turkish government to support business and strengthen friendly relations between the countries.

The forum ended with a gala dinner with the participation of the Presidential Orchestra and popular artists of Tajikistan, with words of gratitude addressed to the Government of the country for the excellent organization, cordial welcome, friendly atmosphere and effective results of the meeting.

On June 28, Rector of the Antalya Academy of Tourism, Zafer Bikkenoglu, at the invitation of local authorities and founders attended the opening of the new campus of the ‘Ecole Supérieure Internationale de Savignac’ business school, located in France in Savignac, close to Perigueux – the cultural capital of the Dordogne district, after Paris being the most visited place in France by tourists from all over the world, famous for its medieval castles, museums, cathedrals under protection of UNESCO.

The founder of the ‘Ecole de Savignac’ international business school is the Dordogne Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which finances the institution from the local budget and administers it involving private individuals. This is an example of partnership between government and business in the field of education.

The business school was founded in June 1989. By the 30th anniversary, students and the leadership of the educational institution received as a gift a new campus, located in a restored historical building.

The state is actively developing a training system in the sphere of tourism and provides all kinds of support to educational institutions in this area. At the Bachelor’s degree level, the ‘Ecole de Savignac’ school trains specialists in the field of hospitality management, catering, events, leisure, and management services. Students study according to MBA programs in French and English and receive European diplomas. Graduates work for leading French, European and global companies.

The opening ceremony of the new campus was attended by top officials of the cities of Savignac and Perigueux and of the Dordogne department, graduates of previous years who became very successful in the chosen business: they received a master’s degree, completed postgraduate studies, got their PhD. After the opening of the new campus, diplomas were awarded to five hundred graduates of 2019. İn a warm atmosphere they expressed gratitude to their alma mater for the knowledge acquired.

A cooperation project was signed between the Tourism Academy and ‘Ecole de Savignac’At at a business meeting between the Rector of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya Zafer Bikkenoglu and the management of the ‘Ecole de Savignac’ international school in Savignac. In future, students of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya will be able to study at the Academy and the business school under the double diploma program, as well as travel to France for an internship.

France offers an excellent system of higher education not only for its citizens, but also for foreigners. The ‘Ecole de Savignac’ business school is actively attracting international students and anyone interested in attending international courses. The school has partners in Sinegal and other countries. Students from educational institutions of these countries arrive to ‘Ecole de Savignac’ and attend lectures during one semester. The perspective of such work is being discussed with the Academy of Tourism in Antalya.

During celebration Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu was given the floor for greetings and congratulations. The Rector of the Academy of Tourism wished good luck, prosperity, new discoveries to the management and students of the ‘Ecole de Savignac’ business school, and also presented a gift to the founder and director of the school on the occasion of the opening of the new building and in memory of the Academy.

In March 2019, more than 400 people took part in a large-scale  “Grant for Free Education” contest held by the International Academy of Tourism in Antalya in the East Kazakhstan region.

On 13th-14th of June Antalya Tourism Academy attended the HOSCO Summit.

The HOSCO Summit means more than 150 hospitality professionals: more than 60 schools and 50 tourism companies from 22 countries. The Summit promotes building solid relations with HR experts and leading schools from around the world, raising the most relevant issues that really matter in the hospitality right now.

The summit participants could boost their ROI thanks to the one-on-ones with decision-makers from +60 international schools, enhance relationships with schools, expand the network, and discuss new and exciting placements opportunities for hospitality schools graduates.

Participants listened to first-class hospitality keynote speakers, took part in exciting debates, and attended fascinating conferences. The Academy of Tourism in Antalya built relationships with new hotels regarding graduates placement, as well as found new partner schools to cooperate in teachers and students exchange, research and other fields.

We are summing up the results of the video presentations contest “LIVE BRIGHT” of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya.

It had been a determined struggle: more than a dozen videos and more than 20,000 views. Some contestants noticeably pulled ahead in terms of audience choice, and the competition committee certainly could not but take into account their choice.

Now, Igor Belyavsky from Belarus is declared the winner of the LIVE BRIGHT contest and the holder of a Grant for free education at the Academy of Tourism in Antalya.

Throughout the competition, his video was one of the leaders in viewing, Igor in a vivid manner demonstrated his desire to study at the Academy, showed fluency in several languages. An additional advantage for the commettee was the fact that Igor participated in the “I want to go to the Academy” contest last year and was also one of the main contenders for the victory.

The management of the Antalya Academy of Tourism also wanted to commend a few more participants and reward them with a 50% discount on tuition.

These are Russa Emilina, Firuza Yunusova, Dadaev Maxim and Zhangazinova Zhaslin.

The remaining participants receive a tuition discount in the amount of 30%.

Congratulations to the winner, winners and participants!

Thank you very much for participating in the contest and follow our news, there is a ton of great events planned!

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The rector of the Antalya Academy of Tourism and the representative of the international department attended the ‘East Meets West in Hospitality and Tourism education’ Global Conference on tourism and hospitality, which was held concurrently with the 2019 APacCHRIE & EuroCHRIE conference at the ICON Hotel in Hong Kong. The conference serves as a unique excellent platform for scientists, industry leaders, magazine editors, young scientists and researchers to define a future roadmap for the global hospitality and tourism industry and demonstrates the concept of “East meets the West” in hospitality and tourism education, where ideas shape the future of hospitality and tourism industries.


Representatives of the Academy signed an agreement with the HOSCO Internet portal, which provides students and graduates of high schools with internships and employment in the best hotels around the world. They also established new partnerships with education leaders in the field of tourism and hospitality in Europe, America and Asia.

They say if you want to see what the Alps looked like before the invasion of tourists, head to Altayskiy Kray. Perhaps today you will not find a person who would not hear about the special vibes of these places, sometimes associated with mystical stories, shamans and magical healings. This is a region where tourism is one of the most promising and actively developing sectors of the economy. Extreme sports are combined here with a quiet family vacation, mountains with picturesque plains, the present lives alongside the past.

Hiking and horseback riding routes, rafting along mountain rivers, memorial sites of famous actors and writers, mineral springs and curative mud combined with pristine wilderness, mountain climbing, first people campsites, ski tourism delight even the most well-travelled tourists who come here from all over Russia.

From 8th to 14th of June, 2019 the rector of the Antalya Academy of Tourism, Mr Zafer Bikkenoglu, visited this amazing pleasant land as a part of delegations of fellow countrymen from Turkey, Ukraine and Japan.

A study visit as part of the celebration of Russia Day-2019 was organized by the Altayskiy kray regional authority with the aim of introducing the potential of the Altayskiy kray, as well as propagation and promoting the natural and historical heritage and organizing further cooperation within the departmental target program “Support and development of relations with fellow countrymen abroad”. Prominent representatives of public associations and businesses of the Russian foreign diaspora were invited to participate in the events.

On 9th of June, the opening of the festival “Great Altay. Russia – 2019” took place as one of the most ambitious tourism projects that are being implemented under the auspices of the International Coordinating Council “Our Common Home – Altay”. This council includes the regions of Russia, Kazakhstan, China and Mongolia. More than 700 athletes from Russia, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Armenia for six days challenged the right to be called the best in 17 kinds of contests, including fishing sport, mountaineering, cycling and caravanning, orienteering, skyrunning, rock climbing, rafting, arm wrestling.

This is the fourth international cultural and sports festival: the first was held in Mongolia, the second festival was hosted by China, Kazakhstan was the location of the third one. Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu noted the scale of the festival, as well as its support, including grant support, by executive authorities.

On 10th of June, Rector of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya, as an expert, took part in the youth management forum “ALD. Altay – land of development”, a key event in the visit program, held in modern tourist and entertainment complex “Siberian İnn”. The forum was opened by the Governor of Altayskiy kray Viktor Tomenko and the authorised representative of the President of the Russian Federation in the Siberian Federal District Sergey Menyaylo. State Duma deputy, legendary hockey player Vyacheslav Fetisov came to congratulate young managers.

800 participants aged 18 to 35 years from 74 regions of Russia and 13 foreign countries, honored guests, eminent experts, mentors and volunteers – in total more than 1,500 people attended lectures, gave tips and assessments, shared their experiences at workshops, round tables and trainings, made new friends and business partners, received grants.

The rector of the Antalya Academy of Tourism, Zafer Bikkenoglu, shared his experience in the effective development of the tourism business during the master class “In the tourist flow”. Turkey has long become a tourist mecca, so the Rector of the Academy had a lot to tell his younger colleages who have yet to bring tourism in their native Altayskiy kray to the world level. The participants in the master class, young and ambitious people, new in this area – listened with great interest and attention, asked a lot of questions.

In conclusion of this productive meeting, the Rector of the Academy noted that the guys live in a unique place, having huge tourism potential, on a par with Turkey. He also wished them to protect their native land and develop it.


In an interview with ‘Katun-24’channel, Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu expressed hope for cooperation and strengthening ties between the Academy of Tourism in Antalya and Turkey as a whole and the Altayskiy kray.

On 10th , 11th  and 12th of June, the organizers of the visit prepared a trip to the modern resort sub-cluster ‘Belokurikha-2’ and the magnificent resort complex ‘Belokurikha Resort’, as well as memorable climb on the cable-way to Mount Tserkovka, and a fascinating visit to the Fisherman’s Village.

Participation of Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu in the All-Russian Festival of Traditional Culture “Day of Russia on Turquoise Katun”, which was included in the National Calendar of Events – a federal project on the best tourist events of the country, was an important point of the visit.

“Day of Russia on the Turquoise Katun” began on 11th of June with the settlement in a log cabins of a tourist complex, located in a picturesque place on the banks of the extraordinary beautiful Aya Lake, where numerous delegations of fellow countrymen from different countries had the opportunity to meet, communicate, share ideas and experiences, and, of course, enjoy the beauty of Altay nature, Lake Aya, the magnificent and strong Katun River.

On 12th of June, the ‘Turquoise Katun’ tourist complex hosted a round table discussion entitled “Media actions to harmonize interethnic relations in Russia” and other events within the framework of the festival.

On the same evening guests witnessed grand fireworks in honor of the Russia Day on the central square of  Barnaul, the capital of the Altayskiy kray.

Several significant meetings took place on the penultimate day of the visit. On 13th of June, Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu visited the RSBPEİ Altay Academy of Hospitality, which hosted a round table, where he made a presentation of the Tourism Academy in Antalya and showed a video film about the Academy. Representatives of the Altay State University, Altay State Institute of Culture and other educational institutions were the participants of the event.

The management of the Altay Academy of Hospitality, as well as the head of the Altayskiy kray Department for the Development of Tourism and Resort Activities, Evgeny Deshevykh, expressed interest in cooperating with the Academy of Tourism and made a number of proposals for joint projects that are currently under discussion.

On 13th of June, at the site of the Altayskiy Kray Russian-German House, Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu, as chairman of the Board of the International Association of Investors of Russia, met with the business community of Altayskiy Kray, which was represented by businessmen developing export-oriented enterprises and industries of the region interested in expanding foreign economic relations.

Entrepreneurs received information on the specifics of working in the Turkish market, established new business contacts, discussed opportunities and proposals for the sale of food, health and engineering products. Business representatives expressed gratitude to Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu for acting as an intermediary in organizing export transactions for the supply of Altay products to the Turkish market.

At the end of the meeting, entrepreneurs presented the guests with everything that the Altayskiy kray is famous for and that is produced only there: souvenirs, the famous Altay honey, medicated herbal tea, balms and much, much more. Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu thanked for the unique gifts and expressed hope for a meeting with businessmen already on Turkish soil.

Leaving the hospitable Altayskiy kray, the Rector of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya expressed his admiration for the Altayskiy kray authorities for the excellent organization of fellow countrymen study visit, warm hospitality, attention and cordiality, significant funds spent for this vital event to happen. Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu invited the organizers to pay a return visit to Turkey and the Antalya Academy of Tourism.

He also noted that, having traveled along the Altayskiy kray for almost 1000 km in a comfortable minibus provided by the organizers, he was able to meet and forever fall in love with the nature and atmosphere of this land and understand that people living here truly love their homeland and care about it. Mr. Zafer Bikkenoglu wished success and prosperity to the kray and to everyone who works for its benefit.

On April 19, 2019, the VIII Reporting and Electing Congress of the MAP MOO of the Interregional Public Organization Moscow Entrepreneurs Association was held in the Moscow Government building.

More than 300 entrepreneurs, MAP members from various constituent entities of the Russian Federation, as well as foreign countries, representatives of federal and regional ministries and departments, state authorities, Moscow city departments, funds to support SME entities, representatives of public organizations, Russian and foreign and business associations, leading banks and financial institutions, experts and investors, media.

The delegation led by the rector of the International Academy of Tourism took an active part in the work of the VIII Congress of the IAP. The rector of the Academy, Zafer Bikkenoglu, made a speech during which he spoke about the history of the Academy, as well as the great demand for the Academy’s international activities in training specialists in the hospitality industry in the emerging markets of tourism services in Russia and the CIS countries.


In addition, relevant topics were raised by Mr. Bikkenoglu, such as the creation of an online platform on the basis of the Academy for the training of qualified personnel in the field of tourism and hospitality, cooperation with the Moscow Association of Entrepreneurs in this direction, as well as other aspects of the Academy’s international activities.

EDUANT International Corporation – for five years has been the venue for the Total Dictation campaign in Antalya.

On Saturday, April 13, at 14:00, the Total Dictation 2019 was written.

It was attended not only by Russian citizens living in the city of Antalya, but also by representatives of other nationalities who speak Russian, students of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya and schoolchildren with parents of the International Russian School in Antalya, teachers and educators.

The action was attended by more than 150 people.

Our students welcomed guests in national costumes of their countries, handed lapel badges, previously made with their own hands. Before writing the dictation, they treated everyone with cookies, which they decorated  by themselves with the sweet letter “A” – a symbol of the Total Dictation.

After writing, guests were awarded certificates of participants in the “Total Dictation” campaign. For some, this is the first experience in writing, for others it is already a tradition.

Next year we are waiting for everyone to unite everyone who can or wants to write and speak Russian