WHY HATAY ?
WHY HATAY ?
Hatay is one of humanity’s oldest settlements; from past to present different cultures and different religions coexisted in this place. It is a peace, brotherhood and tolerance city which hosted many civilizations. It is an important gate to the Middle East from Turkey, and to Anatolia, to The Mediterranean Sea and to Europe from the Middle East. The geography where people live, determines the economic life style of the region. In this direction, Hatay, which is an ancient settlement, is the most important gate of the Silk Road opening to the Mediterranean. It is a safe harbour that serves as a bridge connecting Europe, Asia and Africa.
Due to the rich vegetation of Hatay, Amanos Mountains have taken important path in Medicinal and Aromatic plant cultivation and made significant progress in sectoral basis. By introducing all of these features to the public, leaving a liveable, clean environment for the future generations, “ natural environment for healthy living, life for the environment” awareness will gain momentum with this project.
The fact that Hatay has a deep-rooted history and many civilizations lived here, the richness of our history and the footsteps of our civilizations, and it is important for the region that the ruins of these civilizations are a treasure and these treasures should be shared with the public. In line with this, Expo 2021 Hatay will be a great opportunity for such a goal.
800 medicinal and aromatic plants grow in the mountains of Hatay. We can turn this richness into therapeutic science methods that can serve the health needs of every period of human being. By increasing the Medicinal and Aromatic Plant Variety of Hatay and by Improving the Medical and Eco-tourism Industry in the Region, we will turn Expo 2021 Hatay into the world’s best Horticultural Therapy, Healing and Empowerment Rehabilitation Centre.
To use the rich plant diversity grown in the Hatay region, the plant museum and other plant varieties grown in the region for researches at the highest level; The Horticulture Garden must be established to manage and develop this variety of plants for educational purposes and to make them accessible to users.
Hatay owns one of the important high plains the agricultural value of Turkey the Amik Plain, vegetables and fruit export centre with its fertile soil, in 2016 25% of the total fresh fruit and vegetable exports of Turkey realized by Hatay.
The city of Peace and Brotherhood; One of the important destinations of faith tourism; Brand city of culture and tourism; centre for export of fresh vegetable and fruits with fertile soils; An important centre in industry and trade; Biodiversity and Amanos; In these areas the EXPO, nationally and internationally important to our city Hatay and to our people, will contribute significantly to the progress of the community.
WHAT WILL EXPO 2021 BRING TO HATAY?
While leaving a permanent legacy to the city, EXPO 2021 Hatay will make a long-term contribution to city tourism and the city will undertake a total development.
EXPO 2021 Hatay, as in other horticultural EXPOs, will provide the opportunity to turn the city into a green brand.
In this way;
- Urban development strategy will be determined,
- International recognition of the city will increase,
- The image of the city will rise,
- Tourism and culture industry will be supported,
- Awareness of environmental and sustainability issues will increase,
- Life quality of the urban people will increase,
- Infrastructure and accessibility will improve,
- Temporary and permanent employment will increase,
The EXPO sites will continue to serve the city and the public after EXPO. It is an international centre in disciplines such as environment, horticulture and organic agriculture and also it provides a permanent value to the city and country in terms of cultural tourism. In this respect, events are planned in order to enable young people to recognize and adopt nature in the EXPO area.
Hatay’s Amanos Mountains, due to its rich vegetation, enable the production of natural living tools such as olive, olive oil and laurel soap. It is among the objectives of this project to introduce a liveable, clean environment to the future generations by introducing all these features to the public, and to create “natural environment for healthy living, and life for the environment” consciousness.
The fact that our city is located on the Silk Road leading to Central Asia, India and China for centuries, and that even today, it is the most strategic region in the world in terms of the region’s oil and gas products can be brought to the Mediterranean Sea, so that aroused great interest and enabled us to get EXPO.
We want to bring our historical, cultural and herbal values (3500 plant species, 800 medicinal & aromatic plants, 300 endemic plants) back to light as a common property of the people of the world. We want to make our city a Brand and introduce it to the world.
We want to show the world of tolerance in the ancient city of Hatay and the desire and joy of living together for thousands of years to the whole world despite the bloody battles on our region.
We would like to introduce the history, culture, unique nature and mystical atmosphere of Hatay to the world, and gastronomy side of tourism with more than 650 types of food.