Travel agencies are commercial organizations whichare authorized in order to make profit to give information totourists about tourism, to form package tours, to meetaccomodation, trasportation, tour, sport and entertainmentservices and to market the products they formed, bythemselves or by means of other travel agencies.
• Agencies organise tours beginning in abroad or domestic including without staying overnight and one or more spent nights which are generally attended by foreign tourists.• They sell for land, sea, and air transports’ and the group tours’ tickets which are arranged from Turkey to other countries or vice versa.
• They rent land, sea and air transports and organise the tourists’ bringing and taking services.• They are engaged with the tourists’ enterance and accomodations who came single or with a group, their transportations with every type of transports among the touristic service unities.
• They reserve for accomodation, health systems, entertainment places and sport shows.• They arrange city tours without staying overnight with the aim of touring and seeing natural, historical and archeological values. (part-time, full-time, night tours etc.)
The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies is aprofessional organization having the status of legal person,established in 1972. (The Law concerning Travel Agenciesand the Association of Travel Agencies; Law No. 1618) The main aims of the Association are, the development ofthe travel agency profession in harmony with the country’seconomy and tourism sector, and protection of professionalethics and solidarity. In accordance with the Law No. 1618travel agencies can be established upon the issue of anoperation licence by the Ministry of Tourism and are obligedto become a member of TURSAB in order to be able toconduct travel agency bussiness, and offer services specifiedby the Law 1618.
The Regulation Pertaining to Travel Agenciesprepared in accordance with the Law 1618 containsin further detail Exclusive Services of TravelAgencies as well as other services the subheadings,Organizing Tours, Transfer, Reservation,Information, Organizing Congresses andConferences, Renting Out Individual Vehicles forTour Purposes, Selling Tickets for TransportVehicles, Selling the Products of Travel Agencies.
• Group (A) agencies offer and perform all services specified in Artical 1 of the Law No. 1618.• Group (B) agencies sell tickets for international land, sea and air transports and tours arranged by (A) group travel agencies.• Group (C) agencies organise and sell domestic tours for Turkish citizens.• Group (B) and (C) agencies can also carry out the services which are entrusted to them by (A) group travel agencies.
According to the law, group (A) agencies shall begranted provisional operation licence for a period of twoyears. Provisional operation licence of an (A) group travelagency can be converted into operation licence if the agencycan obtain within this period of two years certain amount offoreign exchange earnings, as specified by the relevantarticle of the law.
There are, at present 5184 travel agencies includingbranch offices all over Turkey. Travel agency bussiness hasflourished in line with the development of Turkishtourism.Turkish travel agencies offer wide range of productsto satisfy demand of any segment of market; most travelagencies diversified their field of activity and products whilesome others are specialized in specific areas.
Turkish travel agencies gained valuableexperiences through decades. Their dynamicenterprising nature, understanding of market haveenabled them to establish successful businessrelations producing furitful results. These efforts alltogether have given impetus to the rate of growthand played a major role in the achievements of theTurkish tourism. Some, even set up bussinessabroad, in several tourist generating countries undersevere competitive market situation andaccomplished success. Their achievements have alsocontributed to increase in demand to Turkey.
If we summarize the subject, There are totally 77agencies in Nevşehir. All the agencies are A group inNevşehir. To be an A group agency is better than both and is notdifficult as people think. Most of the agencies take temporaryoperating documant from the tourism ministry at thebeginning and they can use this documant for 2 years. That’swhy all the agencies are A group in Nevşehir.