We continue our weekly round up of the local news from Fethiye, Muğla and surrounding area.

Fethiye’s Population Swells

And even though we are now in February the statistics just keep on coming.

The latest figures are for population and reveal that the total population of Muğla province reached 838,324 at the end of 2011.

This breaks down into 410,210 females and 428,114 males.

The city of Muğla has a population of 97,207 up 4.3 per cent on 2010.

The reports state that the population of Fethiye town increased by 5.5 per cent since 2010 with the population of 81,467. That is broken down into 40,955 male and 40,512 female.

And to put all this into perspective the total population of Turkey was 74,724,269 as at 31st December 2011.

More on the population changes around the area will follow in another article shortly.

Streets Reclaimed for Pedestrians

Many readers will have noticed that, despite the area around the Hayal Cinema in downtown Fethiye being officially pedestrianized, scooters and motorbikes are still zooming around spoiling the tranquillity of this recently refurbished area.

Well last week the police and Zabita sprang into action, and started handing out minimum 164TL fines to those riding scooters and motorbikes along the streets in question.

What’s more they told local press that the area will be patrolled constantly from now on. Let’s hope those riding around illegally get the message quick!!!

Culture Minister Marks Importance of Fethiye Attractions

The Minister of Culture & Tourism, Ertuğrul Günay, was in town this week and visited Kayaköy.

He told local press he had last been in Kayaköy 35 years ago, when the village was in a much better state of preservation than it is today.

He went on to promise work would begin this year on preserving some of the old structures in the ‘ghost village’.

For us this ranks alongside restoration of the Fethiye Ampitheatre in that, we will believe it when it actually happens.

Minister Announces Tourism Numbers

During his visit the Minister told press that the highest number of tourists ever visited Turkey during 2011 with a total of 31.5 million foreign passport holders entering the country.

This is twice the number of visitors to Greece and three times the figure for Egypt.

And Finally…..

The Minister also visited the ruins of ancient Tlos and rounded off his visit by posing for photographs between two statues of Roman Emperors in Fethiye Museum.