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

Walking Routes to Be Published

What a week for good news. It was announced this week that 38 walking routes, in areas from Dalaman through to Faralya, have been agreed and will now be published in book format.

We believe there will be an English version, and we’ll keep you posted.

Manchester Man Paraglides Despite Disability

A 71-year-old Manchester man, who had his left leg amputated ten years ago, successfully paraglided from Babadağ this week.

Stephen Parmenter wears a prosthetic limb, but has difficult in walking.

However, his disability did not prevent him from making the paraglide flight.

Afterwards he told press he was “Very happy indeed”.

Visa Changes Means Easy Entry for Turks to Greek Islands

Good news for Turks wanting to visit the neighbouring Greek islands this week – they can now get a visa on entering, rather than having to apply in advance via the Greek Consulate.

The Director of Muğla Chamber of Commerce announced the new regime this week, and told press that the change in the visa regime is down to the economic crisis in Greece.

Greece is hoping easy entry will facilitate trade between the two regions.

Business Ups and Downs

Fethiye Chamber of Commerce held a press conference, to reveal what they believe is a worrying trend in terms of local businesses.

In the first two months of this year the number of businesses closing down is up 77% on last year, whilst the number of new businesses opening is down 23%.

However, when you plough through the report to reach the actual numbers, it could be this is a misuse of a percentage measure, as 92 businesses closed (as opposed to 51 last year) which can just about be represented in terms of a percentage; but the opening of a mere 16 (last year there were 21 new companies) should not be given as a percentage. But then it does make the figure sound more serious!

No doubt with the tourist season upon us now there will be new businesses opening right, left and centre.

Sea Waste Exhibition

And if you walked past the Fethiye Evi on the Kordon last week and wondered what all the barnacle-encrusted rubbish was about – it was an exhibition of samples of the wide range of rubbish local environmentalists have brought up from the sea-bed, during their many cleanup campaigns.

Apparently they have brought up car tyres, dining chairs and lots of other items including, of course, the ubiquitous beer bottles.

The exhibition only ran for one day, but they are thinking of repeating it.

Next time we’ll see if we can get advance notice and pass it on to you.