Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Campaign Launched to Boost Tourism

The Turkish President launched a new initiative last week to boost the hard hit Turkish tourism industry.

‘Bring your neighbours’ is the motto of new campaign initiated by President Erdoğan, calling on Turkish citizens abroad to bring their neighbors to Turkey during their visit to the homeland.

The call to action is one of a number of national initiatives including flight fuel subsidies and loans that could help to offset the 35% reduction in tourist numbers as experienced last year.

In his launch speech he also said that he wants Turkey to be one of the top 10 economies in the world and in the top 3 tourist destinations.

In his speech, President Erdoğan said that Turkey was one of the world’s greatest outdoor museums. From Ephesus to Cappadocia, from Sumela to Ani, from Nemrut to Mevlana, from Selimiye to Ishak Pasha, all these highlighted Turkey as a country of exceptional riches that is sure to appeal to everyone, regardless of their nationality, belief or language.

The week before Fethiye Mayor Behçet Saatçi whilst attending the EMİTT 2017 Tourism Fair spoke with the press.

In his own call to action he promised tourists coming to Fethiye this year would be guaranteed to have a great holiday or he would refund their holiday costs.

He told the press that Fethiye is a wonderful place to take your holiday with hotels and accommodation to meet all budgets, great restaurants, activities, beaches and breathtaking scenery.

Smuggled Goods Seized

Police arrested two men after smuggled goods were found in their van.

The police swooped on the vehicle near Esenkoy.

The press reported that they seized 31kg of tea, 17kg of coffee, 96 cans of sardines, 13,000 cigarette filters and various bags of spices.

The case has been referred to the courts.

Gardener Impaled

The fire service were called to a grizzly rescue last week in Esenkoy.

When they arrived they found a woman impaled on a metallic fence with one of the decorative spikes lodged in her hand.

The fire team worked carefully cutting around the fence with specialist cutting tools with a medical team in support.

The woman was taken to hospital with the spike still in place.

It was later removed by a surgeon.

The press said that the woman had been pruning plants around her balcony using a step ladder when she slipped and fell on to the fence.

Neighbours had heard her screams and upon finding her called the emergency services.

Turkish Money

The Turkish currency recovered some of its recent losses last week.

The British Pound bought 4.62 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before the Pound bought 4.85 TL.

Weather Forecast

It was a cold week last week.

One image shared on social media showed a bus driving over the mountain road between Fethiye and Antalya.

The road was clear of snow but the onboard thermometer was showing minus 10c.

This week is forecast to be warmer than of late.

There could be some showers and cloud but there will be some nice sunny days too.