An interview with Serhan Güngör on the profession of Tourist Guidance and the way guides perceive the job is planned to take place on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, at the Center of the Association of History, Culture and Tourism Guides.
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He was born in 1969 in Ankara. He graduated from TED Ankara College High School and Middle East Technical University, Department of Political Science and Public Administration. He received his master’s degree from Istanbul University, Department of Geography, working on historic battlefields. He has been doing his professional tourist guiding profession since 1997 with pleasure due to its cultural and intellectual content, function in the tourism sector and practical contribution to the promotion of Turkey in the world.
For years, he has been taking his American guests around Istanbul and all over Turkey with cultural tours. It also organizes cultural tours for Turkish travellers in Anatolia and 35 countries worldwide. Between 2010 and 2013, he served as a board member of the Istanbul Chamber of Guides. Field studies on the historical geography of Anatolia have been published in the journal NTV History. He is among the editorial consultants of #tarih magazine, and his articles are published in this magazine.
In addition to guiding cultural tours, he contributed as a historian/guide to documentaries about Turkey on many foreign television channels such as BBC, Discovery Channel, ARTE TV, ITV, and History Channel. He was a consultant for the BBC program “Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Odyssey”. He made and presented the programs named Seyahatname and Directory on Açık Radyo. He created and presented a documentary called Liberation Route to Iz TV. In addition to official guests of the state such as heads of state, prime ministers, and ministers, He toured and introduced Istanbul to world-famous names such as Meryl Streep and Dan Brown. He foresaw the importance of Dan Brown’s 2013 novel “Inferno” and some scenes of his movie shot in 2015 in Istanbul to promote Turkey and contributed to the author’s research for this purpose. To the author’s surprise, he appeared as a guide character named Mirsat in the abovementioned book.