This weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes Brits signing up for Turkish lessons is very popular and a new airline route could boost Dalaman passenger numbers in our round up of the local news.

Fethiye Brits Sign up for Turkish Lessons

Fethiye’s Halk Eğitim Evi (Adult Education Institute) is offering a Turkish course for the first time and 25 British residents have signed up.

They go to classes twice a week and, according to local press, are very happy with the course.

Their teacher told the reporter, “Most of these students have been living here for some time and have already tried private Turkish tuition, but have failed to really learn the language.

We are starting from the absolute basics, and hope to have them capable of everyday conversation by the end of the academic year.”

The Institute has a total of 108 courses going on at the moment, with 2,442 people attending in total, and hopes that a by-product of its first Turkish course may be British students enrolling for other courses on offer.

And Those in Ovacık Too

This must have been ‘learning turkish week’ because a separate report appeared in the local press, about the turkish course running in Ovacık under the auspices of ölüdeniz belediye.

The Ovacık course has 30 students, which is more than ever before and, like their counterparts down in Fethiye, they told the reporter that they want to learn Turkish to be able to shop easily, and communicate with their Turkish neighbours.

New Airline Route Could Be A Big Boost for Dalaman Airport

We make no secret of our love for targets set locally, and this week we have another one.

The man who runs Dalaman airport told press he is hoping for a big increase in German visitors next year.

He wants this year’s ‘almost 110 thousand’ German tourists to rise to ‘200 thousand’.

Apparently the Sun Express airline has introduced direct flights to Dalaman from three new German airports, and he is sure this will result in his target being met.


Anyone Seeing A Pattern Here?

And even more reporting on teaching Turkish – Muğla University held a press conference to announce its intention of teaching Turkish to foreigners.

The Head of Modern Languages at the university told press he believes there is a huge market for Turkish courses amongst tourists and foreign residents.

He intends to send teachers to Fethiye, Marmaris and Bodrum to deliver Turkish courses.

At this rate there could end up being more teachers than students!