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Touring Club of Turkey

Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, 1923–present (Publisher)

The Touring Club of Turkey (TTOK, Turing ve Otomobil Kurumunun), also known as Turkish Automobile Association, is an amateur and international organization dedicated to tourism and the automobile sector. It was founded in 1923 at the behest of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk by a group of intellectuals led by Reşit Saffet Atabinen, a diplomat and a historian. In 1930, the association received the legal status of a non-profit organization and gained rights with regard to customs and traffic laws. The club, working for many years as a governmental agency, served the fields of tourism and culture. Materials needed for tourism, such as prospectuses, posters, tourist guides, and road maps, were prepared and published by the association. Furthermore, it established and organized the first language courses, tourist guide exams, tourism congresses, and conferences. The club produced a number of artist-signed art reproduction postcards, sometimes with the printed text: "The Touring and Automobile Association is on the road to the construction of the Republic, in order to promote our country abroad and the fine arts in a series of cards" (Turing ve Otomobil Kurumunun cumhuriyet inşası yolunda, yurtdışına ülkemizi ve güzel sanatları tanıtmak için seri olarak yaptırdığı kartlardan).

Touring Club of Turkey Credit Line
Touring Club of Turkey Credit Line