Mehmet Sekmen, the Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality, said, "We have achieved a significant acceleration in energy efficiency for the winter tourism of our city with the Environmentally Friendly Winter Tourism Cooperation Project with the Bulgarian city of Bansko".
President Tab, Turkey and Erzurum part of the City Matching Grant program between the European Union Metropolitan carried out by the Municipality "Environmentalists Winter Tourism Cooperation Project" generated about and entertained the delegation office is located in between athletes. Mayor Sekmen, who also met with skiers from Erzurum who won gold medals and trophies in ski races held in Bulgaria, emphasized the importance of the project in his assessment on the subject. Sekmen said, “With the Green Winter Tourism Cooperation Project, which we have been implementing for more than a year, we have closely examined the ski centers in Europe. During our contacts in Bulgaria, we made important determinations and initiatives especially on energy efficiency. "I hope we will implement new energy systems in our Palandöken Ski Center to prevent energy losses and save energy, as in the Solar Power Plants in our city." Reminding that the Bulgarian city of Bansko and Erzurum will be “Sister Cities”, Mayor Sekmen said, “Bansko city of Bulgaria and our ancient city Erzurum will be sister cities. Thus, the cooperation between the two summit cities of winter tourism will increase even more in the fields of culture, tourism and sports ”.
SECRETARY GENERAL EXPLAINED THE DETAILS OF THE MIRRORED PROJECT
Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Zafer Aynalı, who evaluated the works carried out within the scope of the "Environmentalist Winter Tourism Cooperation Project" realized between Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality and Bansko Municipality, said that the project in question is of great importance for Erzurum. Mirror, said: "Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Resource Development and Affiliates Department of European and External Relations Branch Directorate carried out between Turkey and the European Union 'Town Twinning Grant Program' prepared under the 'Green Winter Tourism Cooperation Project' under Bansko and Erzurum line We had important contacts between the companies and carried out effective activities for strategic, cultural and sportive partnerships. In addition, the ski race was held in both countries in the context of friendly relations between Turkey and Bulgaria. Our athletes from Erzurum showed great success in ski competitions. In the meantime, within the scope of the visit tours, we conveyed the greetings of Mehmet Sekmen, our Mayor of Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality, to Mayor of Bansko, Ivan Kadev. In the meantime, we visited our Ambassador to Sofia, Mr. Aylin Sekizkök. In sportive races, our Turkish athletes Ali Dolaman, Umut Aktaş, Emirhan Ayyıldız, Melek Cemre Ergün and İnci Özdemir made our country proud by winning gold medals and cups in big slalom, slalom and GS races.
ENVIRONMENTAL WINTER TOURISM COOPERATION PROJECT
“Environmentally Friendly Winter Tourism Cooperation Project” realized between Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality and Bansko Municipality is based on the cooperation of local governments in Erzurum and Bansko, where winter tourism is widespread. The project also aims to raise awareness on energy efficiency and to take measures, to increase energy saving practices in Palandöken and Bansko Ski Centers, to draw a road map for the use of alternative energy resources in two regions, and to spread environmentalist practices in Bansko and Palandöken Ski Centers.