This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes two new records broken, uniform change and clean teeth in our round up of the local news.
3 Million Tourists Visit Muğla in 2012
The Governor of Muğla, Fatih Şahin held a press conference this week to announce that this year he has finally hit his target of 3 million foreign visitors in one year.
He pointed out that this year the number of British tourists visiting Muğla province has fallen but, despite that setback, the total visitor numbers have just passed the long-awaited 3 million mark.
He puts the success down to an increase in ‘alternative tourism’ which means anything other than sunbathing and swimming.
According to the Governor, people are waking up to the fact that Muğla is a beautiful place to visit in the autumn when beaches are empty, and the region’s natural beauty can be truly appreciated on walks and other forms of tour.
Babadag Paragliding Breaks New Record
Meanwhile Fethiye also announced a long held target had been reached this week, when local press were told that a total of 62,000 paragliding launches took place this year from Babadag mountain near Oludeniz.
Regular readers may recall that the ‘60,000 launches in one year’ target was set several years ago, and each year they failed to meet it.
Well this year they have succeeded and with only 25 accidents, all of them involving solo pilots and none resulting in loss of life.
Now the paragliding companies’ association is saying “We should aim for 100,000 in a year.”
No Uniforms for School Kids
This year is the final year for school uniforms in state schools in Turkey. From next year pupils can wear what they like to school.
This week four Fethiye schools, with the blessing of the local education authority, held a trial run and encouraged all pupils to come to school ‘in their own clothes’.
The press took photos and interviewed pupils and teachers.
One girl told the reporter “It’s great for me as I can wear different things to school, but it isn’t so good for many of my friends, who just don’t have any nice clothes to wear to school.”
She clearly understands one of the reasons for having school uniform in the first place.
Clean Teeth Campaign For Kids
Last week was Mouth & Teeth Health Week, and in line with that some 15,000 children in primary schools throughout Fethiye and surrounding villages, received a free tooth brush and tube of tooth paste.
This exercise was first carried out in 2006 and, according to the representative of the local education authority who spoke to press, “The children are taught how to clean their teeth and given some idea of what will happen if they don’t look after their teeth.
This takes about 15 minutes and that short time, plus the gift of tooth brush and paste, has a real effect on them.
We believe it is an extremely valuable 15 minutes.”