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.

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.

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.