Monterey and Kusadasi, 2007
A sister - city agreement was signed to establish economic, cultural and political exchanges during a ceremony in Monterey held on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Then Mayor Chuck Della Sala and Kusadasi City Councilmember Murat Sarac formalized the ties between Monterey and Kusadasi that were first established in 2006. Monterey and Kusadasi share common interests, such as the development of sustainable tourism and cultural history. Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkey’s Aegean Coast with a local economy built on tourism. Kusadasi is home to more than 64,000 people year-round and accommodates over half a million people during the summer tourist season. Kusadasi is located on a scenic crescent-shaped waterfront with beaches and a modern port for cruise ships. Turkey has existing ties with Monterey institutions, including the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Institute of International Studies, and the Defense Language Institute.