Until now, Turkic Council convened four meetings of the Ministers in charge of Tourism and thirteen meetings of the Working Group with the participation of the experts of the relevant institutions of the Member States.
Tourism is among one of the main cooperation areas of the Member States. In this regard, theme of the 4th Turkic Council Summit which was held in Bodrum in 2014 dedicated to the “Tourism Cooperation”. Following the Bodrum Summit, efforts to increase cooperation in this field gained momentum. In order to improve the collaboration and coordination between the Member States in the field of tourism; Four Ministerial and Thirteen Working Group Meetings were held. The 5th Ministerial Meeting is planned to be hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey in 2020.
The “Joint Cooperation Protocol on Tourism Cooperation among the Member States” and the “Cooperation Protocol among the Private Sector Umbrella Institutions of the Member States” in tourism sector were signed respectively at the First and Second Ministerial Meetings. The Third Ministerial Meeting was held in June 2016 in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan with the participation of Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). At the meeting, the tour operators of the Member States involved in the Turkic Council Modern Silk Road Join Tour Package project signed “the Code of Ethics of the UNWTO”. The Fourth Meeting of the Ministers in Charge of Tourism of the Turkic Council took place in August 2018 in Astana where the Ministers praised the successful implementation and promotion of the Modern Silk Road Joint Tour Package considered a landmark project for creating alternative destinations for cultural tourism in accordance with new tourism trends in the world. They expressed their full support to further promote this project with all possible means and adopted the marketing strategy and promotional activities for the period 2019-2020.