Industrial tourism threatens the sustainability of the environment and local cultures in the Black Sea Region

By Özhan Öztürk Due to its cool and rainy climate and natural beauty in the summer, the Eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey has become one of the popular tour destinations for domestic tour companies and especially Arab tourists coming from Gulf countries. The intense tourist attraction dragged the region into an unplanned and unscheduled industrial tourism, where rapid and destructive influences on both the traditional life cycle and the enviroment have begun to emerge on the region, home both marine and transhumance lifestyles for centuries.