While working as a tour guide, Serif Yenen published his first guidebook, Turkish Odyssey in English in 1997. Turkish Odyssey is the first guidebook of Turkey written by a Turk, so it gives insights into the culture that only a local can provide. Serif wrote it in English, but it was later published in German, Turkish and Italian. Turkish Odyssey has been used as a textbooks or is on suggested reading lists at various universities. He is currently working on the fifth edition of the book.
www.turkishodyssey.com website CD-ROM
He published the content of his book on Internet under www.turkishodyssey.com (1997), the content and the design of his Turkish Odyssey website gained attention in the media and won many awards.
He published the multimedia version of the same work as a CD-ROM in 2001.
When he was elected as an Executive Board Member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (2003 – 2007), he became the editor-in-chief of the Guidelines Internetion@l Magazine.
During the time when he was the President of the Istanbul Tourist Guides’ Guild (IRO) 2002-2015 and the Federation of Turkish Tourist Guide Associations (TUREB) 2002 – 2013, he was in charge of publishing vocational and promotional magazines like Crossroads, Heritage, Rehber Dünyası and IRO Bülten.
His articles and columns are published in national and international magazines like The Guide Istanbul, The Gate, Heritage, Oryx, etc.
Yenen regularly wrote a weekly column in the Mediterranean supplement of the Turkish newspaper Akşam between 2006 and 2009 under the heading A Tourist Guide’s Perspective.
Quick Guide Istanbul
His second guidebook was the 500-page Quick Guide Istanbul. This is a pocket size guide with maps, illustrations, photos and a lot of practical information. Special editions were made and published for Istanbul 2010 Cultural Capital and Turkish Airlines. Almost every year it is updated and published.
Quick Guide Pamphlets
Serif started his “Istanbul”, “Culture” and “Turkey” series of his Quick Guide Pamphlets. These are user friendly and informative fold-out pamphlets of museums, monuments and cultural highlights. They have been produced with many illustrations, plans, great photos and a lot of condensed and simplified information. This is an ongoing project with 18 pamphlets produced so far, with new titles in future.
Another ongoing project that Serif is carrying out is the illustrated maps of Istanbul and Turkey.
Another new project is Children’s Culture Books. This is also an onoing project with the first book “Topkapi Palace” ready to go.
Serif Yenen has produced a new travel documentary film on Istanbul: Istanbul Unveiled. The film has won nine international festival awards so far. He has also started showing the film in different countries, at museums, embassies, clubs, and other venues. After showing the film to his audience, he is happily taking part in a Q & A session about Istanbul and Turkey. These events are becoming very popular and you might like to arrange one for your area.
A Travel Minute in Turkey with Serif Yenen
Serif’s making Weekly Video Clips as well. With his field experience of almost 30 years in Turkish travel, Serif is telling about places of Interest in 2-minute video clips. These videos are great. They consist of the most striking facts.
He is also a blog writer. In addition to his own blog site, he writes also for other blog sites.