An opportunity missed in tourism-led regeneration: Sulukule

Ozden P.

3rd International Conference on Sustainable Tourism, Malta, Spain, 01 January 2008, vol.115, pp.141-152 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 115
  • Doi Number: 10.2495/st080151
  • City: Malta
  • Country: Spain
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-152
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Tourism-led regeneration is one of the most significant agenda items in Istanbul where lively and serious discussions on urban regeneration workings still continue to a great extent. Within the scope of such tourism-led urban regeneration efforts are the District of Fatih, the Neslisah and Hatice Sultan Quarters, known by the public under the name Sulukule, where mostly Romany citizens are living. It was designated as a "Redevelopment Area" in 2005. Applications started to be implemented without providing any applicable "participation models" for the involvement of the affected parties and brought along with them a lot of conceptual and theoretical discussions as well as urban strains. On the other hand, work related to events to be organized for the selection and designation of Istanbul as one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2010 is rapidly continuing.