IGDIR INTERNATIONAL APPLIEDSCIENCES CONGRESS, Iğdır, Turkey, 14 - 15 April 2021, pp.185-200
Along with the present study, the nature tourism potential of Ağrı province is discussed. Nature tourism and bio-tourism are the rising values of today. Nature tourism types compete with history and marine tourism. Ağrı province and its surroundings are of the most remarkable regions of the world and Turkey with respect to the nature tourism potential. The region is well-known for its historical values such as Mount (Ağrı) Ararat, Ishak Pasha Palace, Meteor Pit, Noah's Ark etc., therefore continuing to attract people. Not limited to the historical places, activities such as climbing, festivities, plateau days and camping days can be done on Mount Ararat. However, winter tourism can be improved by establishing ski and hot spring facilities in suitable areas in the region. Water sports can also be considered as another important opportunity for the region. Also, ice caves and water sinks in the region are rare natural formations in the world.
In addition to the non-biotic and historical places in the region, thousands of plant species exhibiting a wide distribution are waiting to be introduced. Furthermore, it is possible to see and examine many invertebrate species and vertebrate animals including mammals, reptiles and fish in the region. Of those species, there are some endemic species. One of the hidden beauties of the region is ornithotourism (bird tourism) which is one of the bio-tourism types. The region of Ağrı has the appropriated areas for this type of tourism which is very curious in the world. Doğubeyazıt Reeds, Lake Balık and Sarısu Reeds are the most important of these points. In this context, the regions can be supported by organizing bird watching days. Tourism can be diversified in all seasons of the year and subsequently important economic input can be provided but this requires good planning, appropriate infrastructure, trained staff and effective publicity.