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New centers worldwide set to tout Turkish culture, tourism

New centers worldwide set to tout Turkish culture, tourism

The Culture and Tourism Ministry is preparing to open Turkish culture centers worldwide, in such countries as Britain , Russia , Germany and France . Testifying in Parliament's budget debates yesterday, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay said the planned centers, named after renowned 13th-century mystic poet Yunus Emre, a pioneer in the use of written Turkish, will help teach visitors the Turkish language and its various dialects. Pledging to make Turkey a must-see tourist destination, Gunay said, "Anyone who enjoys a certain level of income and cultural sensitivity should feel deprived if they haven't visited Turkey at least once. We're going to make seeing Turkey a badge of prestige for people worldwide." Stating that Turks have been living in Germany since the 1960s but lack a culture center there, Gunay said, "There's the German Goethe Institute, Spanish Cervantes Institute, and similar French and British institutes in Turkey . Now Turkey has the Yunus Emre Institute. We're going to open branches of this institute in the Balkans, Middle East , Germany , Britain , Russia and France ." The centers are an institutional landmark in preserving Turkish language and culture, Gunay added.

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