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Economic Development

Mustafa Bektaş

Nallıhan Tourism Volunteers Association was established in 2005 under the leadership of Mustafa Bestaş in Nallıhan, a historical and natural district of Ankara, in order to protect, improve, determine and market the touristic, cultural and natural values of the district.

Under the leadership of Mustafa Bektaş, guest houses and cultural centers were established in 9 different villages of Nallıhan, - a district hosting the Nallıhan Bird Sanctuary and Juliopolis Ancient City. The number of tourists coming to the district was increased from 1,700 to 72,000 as a result of the projects of the association. Nallıhan Tourism Volunteers Association reanimated handcrafts of point lace and silk cocoon, which is already done by the women living in the district. The Association made around 1,000 women to participate in employment. It revitalized the district while helping women to stand on their own feet.

Mustafa Bektaş showed what a district can achieve with its own resources. He mobilized a district that has development potential with his own dynamics. He pioneered the marketing of the district. Thanks to his efforts, hundreds of people living in the district became better off financially. He made a big difference in his own life, as well as in the lives of people living in the district.

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