|Çanakkale from the ferry to Gallipoli. Photo Jim Claven 2013|
|A view of the famous "Narrows" separating the Gallipoli peninsula from Çanakkale - the site of famous naval battles in 1915, including the successful voyage of Australia's AE2 submarine. Photo Jim Claven 2013|
The Conference brought together municipal government and tourism industry representatives from both Lemnos and Çanakkale in Turkey. The Lemnos Municipality was represented there (including the Deputy Mayor Demetri Boulotis) and tourism representatives from Lemnos (including Stelios Mantzaris, the manager of the major Varos Village Hotel and Resort).
The Conference participants resolved their main purpose in coming together: "The main purpose of this organisation is the development of cooperation areas between Çanakkale and Lemnos in order to add economic and cultural value to both sides. Doing so, joint development of tourism and trade and the exchange of education and cultural activities are the main point of interest. All and all, to build up a long lasting friendship of Turkey and Greece would be the core output"
|Çanakkale town at night. Photo Jim Claven 2013|
- Improved temporary tourism visa arrangements, with a visa office requested to be opened at Çanakkale and on Lemnos;
- The development of common tourism programs, including the facilitation of Anzac tourism and other tourism products (such as cultural tourism associated with the Ottoman era Niyazi Mısri Muslim scholar). The latter includes the establishment of a cultural centre and infrastructure restoration on the Niyazi Misri tomb;
- Participation in each others festivals, including invitations to Imbros authorities to participate (with specific examples cited);
- Educational exchange programs;
- Request for 12 months continuous and stable transportation for mutual development of trade and cooperation on both sides, as well as air links between Lemnos and Çanakkale .
|The current port at Plaka on Lemnos' north western coast, close to Imbros and Çanakkale . Could this be the location for a new fast sea transport connection to Çanakkale and Gallipoli? Photo Jim Claven 2013|