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

British actor Larry Lamb to promote Turkey in TV show

A travel program featuring Turkey’s popular tourist destinations and historical attractions will be aired on a U.S.-based television network over the next three years, Turkey’s Tourism Ministry said Sunday.

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Famous British actor Larry Lamb and his son George Lamb, a well-known radio programmer, will promote Turkey’s tourist attractions in a six-episode program titled “Turkey: A to B” on Travel Channel, according to a written statement.

A 10-member team completed the shooting in 24 days, it said, adding the program would feature popular tourist destinations, including historical and cultural spots in Istanbul, the antique city of Ephesus in Izmir, Cleopatra pools in Pamukkale, Phaselis antique city in Antalya, Cappadocia hot air balloon rides and Ankara Citadel.

The program, which is expected to boost Turkey’s tourism sector, will be available for viewing in the United Kingdom, Middle East, Europe and Africa as part of an agreement between the Ministry and Travel Channel, which has 61.4 million subscribers and broadcasts programs in 22 different languages in 74 countries, the ministry added.

The statement did not specify when the first episode would be aired.

Turkey remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with revenues from tourism playing a vital role in its economy. – Anadolu Agency

Forest Fires

The hot weather has brought a number of forest fires to the area.

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Muğla Forest District helicopter team attended fires in Muğla, Aydın and Milas on Wednesday. The fires in the Göcek district of Fethiye and the Aydın Bozdoğan district were quickly brought under control however the Milas Hasanlar fire had spread and it took three aircraft and four helicopters, working with firefighters on the ground, to bring it under control.

The forests and foliage are tinder dry at this time of year and it is very easy to cause a forest fire. Please be mindful of this when disposing of cigarette butts or having barbecues.

If you see what you think may be a forest fire call 177 immediately.

And still on the theme of firefighting…

27-year-old becomes Turkey’s first female fire extinguishing helicopter pilot

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Burcu Dinçer became Turkey’s first female fire extinguishing helicopter pilot this year after receiving training for two-and-a-half years at a civil aviation school in Ankara.

After a short period of work experience in a private air company, the 27-year-old Dinçer has started working as a fire extinguishing helicopter pilot within the Forestry Ministry, assigned to the province of Antalya.

Her flight skills soon led to the ministry and her fellow team members giving her the nickname “Fire Eagle.”

Dinçer grew up in a house near Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport, which is how she believes she got a passion for flying. After watching aeroplanes taking off and landing at the airport from her home’s window, she once told her parents that she would one day become a pilot.

“The struggle against fires has always attracted my attention. Everyone was surprised when I started this job, but everyone gave me support. After taking on a number of duties over time, I have shown that this is also an appropriate job for women,” she said.

The firefighting helicopter that Dinçer pilots can stay in the air for up to 2 hours 15 minutes, and carries 2.5 tons of water on every journey.

Dinçer says she gets inspiration from powerful women such as Sabiha Gökçen, who was the first Turkish female combat pilot, aged 23, and was also one of the adopted children of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey.

Ten-day public holiday announced

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The announcement of a ten-day public holiday has been confirmed for the Kurban Bayram and Victory Day celebrations in Turkey. The dates are Saturday 26th August to Monday 4th September inclusive, during which government offices will be closed. This will include some government-owned banks. Other banks will have a two-day closure on Monday 28th August, Tuesday 29th August and Thursday 31st August. This will affect the filling of cash points so please plan ahead if you need cash withdrawals.

These are two big celebrations in Turkey so watch out for special events.

And finally…

This was video taken on Çaliış Beach on Monday proving that it is actually a breeding ground for the loggerhead turtles.

YAVRU CARETTANIN DENİZ İLE BULUŞMASIÇalış plajında yuvasından çıkan bir caretta kaplumbağasını bir okurumuz cep telefonu ile çekip göndermiş paylaşıyoruz…

Posted by FETHİYE HABER BÜLTENİ on Monday, August 14, 2017

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.52 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.60TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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Featured photograph courtesy of Trover