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TUGEV, full name TURİZM GELİŞTİRME VE EĞİTİM VAKFI (TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOUNDATION), non-governmental organization aiming to develop tourism and support the training of qualified personnel for the sector in Turkey. It was founded in 1984 by 14 entrepreneurs including Vehbi Koç and Semahat Arsel and four organizations. Vehbi Koç has also served as vice president of the foundation. 

TUGEV has particularly contributed to the training of highly qualified personnel in the tourism sector and to the development of congress tourism. Its wide range of activities includes: student and instructor training at the OTEM Hotel and Training Center in Kemer, Antalya; certificate programs in conjunction with Boğaziçi, Uludağ and Trakya universities; consultation services for state institutions about tourism training; running courses at different levels; and organizing conferences and activities to guide public opinion. The foundation has specific activities to promote Istanbul more effectively, especially as a location for congress tourism, engaging in multidimensional planning, marketing and performance monitoring. Due to the efforts of Istanbul Congress and Visitor Bureau (ICVB) formed by TUGEV in 1997, Istanbul has now become one of the leading destinations for the conference sector.

Abadan Unat, Nermin

Political scientist who received the Vehbi Koç Award for education in 2012.