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Life is a journey sometimes without a guide. It isn’t easy to find out the path to success. Yes, We dreamt big in Madrid by knowing that dream without a goal is just a dream. We know every failed experiment like we had for Istanbul is one step closer to success in the future. Now, we Turkish Guides will connect the dots and work for the next one.

On the other hand, success in the life journey depends on consistency. We are aware of that. That’s why we, as TKTC, intend to create a beneficial relationship between international and local guides in Turkiye that requires substantial investment. We accept that it will take some time. We did what we felt passionate about. We will do that again.

In Madrid February 2022, I got a bit greyer there. I knew that taking risks is not just about forgoing a bid but also about knowing what we know and don’t know. The matter was about being open to people and ideas, which I had a lot during eight days.

I remember an old saying, “if you hang around the barbershop long enough, sooner or later you are going to get a haircut” Eventually, we will hang around WFTGA Conventions which have chances to exchange experience, extend the network, help each other even if you are competitors, and seeing different guiding approaches and with their aspects.

I want to thank all who made this convention in Madrid possible, either by creating the chance or by participating; President Aluscha, past EXBO Members, especially we shall admit that Sarah, Sebastian and Administrator Sonya; their efforts were impressive. On behalf of Spanish Guides, I want to thank Spanish Treasurer Juan Ignacio Vasquez, President Almudena, Filipe, Maria, Rosa, Eliza and many others. During our competition, who shared the same dream with us, Eliza, Valeria, Grace, Roger and Japan team members, I’m honoured to know you all guys. And, of course, I shall mention dear Turkish guides living in Madrid, Aynur and Derya, who stand with us at our info desk for hours. Also, I am delighted to know friends from UAE, Saudi Arabia, Albania, Greece, Cyprus, Canada, Portugal, and Austria. Finally, I am honoured to meet with my dear post-tour friends; Amelie, Demetra, Wang, Helga, Pavlina, Olga, Julia, Ulrich, Ariene, Gene, Gerd, and their families.

Although there are many names to thank, I want to mention two more names; Steve Mcauley and Michael Dillinger. Your encouragement and valuable support are truly appreciated. Turkish Guides will remember it gratefully.

Dear fellows, my association members and I promise that we will protect the legacy of WFTGA in Turkiye and will work to expand the reputation of our Federation worldwide. We will run until giving an unforgettable convention consisting of food, deep history, incomparable culture, and memorable events in the future.

Truly yours.

Hasan Baris Partal