Fethiye Times’ round up of the local news.
Turkey in Turkey
Tourism chiefs were reporting high occupancy levels in local hotels over the festive period as tourists flocked to Turkish resorts to enjoy turkey in Turkey.
New Year will also see hotels full to capacity as tourists and locals welcome in 2015 at various organised events.
The Railway Station that Never Was
Dalaman, Turkey is the gateway to one of the most beautiful areas of the Turkish Riviera that stretches from Bodrum to Marmaris through Fethiye and on to Kas on the southern tip of Turkey.
Over 3 million tourists pass through the town each year having arrived at Dalaman International and domestic airporton their way to their chosen resort.
But the majority of those tourists that pass through the town will be oblivious to a fascinating quirk of history that saw a railway station being built in the town at the turn of the 20th century by mistake.
The station building (pictured above) has been refurbished and was officially opened by local big-wigs at a recent ceremony.
You can read the fascinating story about the station that never was in our Fethiye Times story Dalaman Railway Station – On a Line of Its Own
Fire crews had to attend an incident in Fethiye town centre last week when sparks from a traditional solid fuel heater, known as a Soba in Turkey, caused a fire in the home of a woman.
A fire crew and ambulance attended the property.
The fire was extinguished and the woman treated for minor injuries.
KayaKoy and Tlos Feature in New Film
Russell Crow’s film the Water Diviner opened at box offices in all over Turkey including Fethiye and Istanbul on Boxing Day.
Titled the 'Last Hope' or 'Son Ümut' in Turkish it is shown in English with subtitles or dubbed depending on the show time.
Scenes from the film were shot in Istanbul and around Fethiye including the deserted Greek village of KayaKoy and historical site at Tlos.
Fethiye Times was fortunate to be able to interview with one of the writers of the film and you can read our exclusive interview in our Fethiye Times article The Water Diviner: exploring the tales behind the story
Ruble Crisis Hits Local Growers
The impact of the Russian Ruble crisis is being felt by local growers it was reported last week.
The local economy has been exporting more and more of its produce to Russia.
Lorry loads of citrus, tomatoes and other salad items have been trundling North from the area over the last 10 years bringing in much needed cash to local growers.
But the currency crisis with the Russian Ruble has now hit hard with export demand slashed.
Growers are now concerned that thousands of tonnes of locally grown produce could be left unsold as Russian wholesales cancel orders and alternative markets are difficult to find at such short notice.
The British Pound bought 3.60 by the close of business last week. The week before it bought 3.61 Turkish Lira.