Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Turkey bans commercial yachts and passenger ships from sailing to Greek islands
Turkish authorities have banned all commercial Turkish-flagged yachts and tourist vessels from sailing to Greek islands from ports on Turkey ‘s coast.
According to Turkish media, the Transport Ministry issued a ban on Turkish-flagged commercial yachts and regular passenger ships sailing to Greece as of Sept. 25 “after the Greek authorities seized 11 vessels for allegedly violating a maritime regulation overseeing the quality of international sea transportation.”
In a statement sent to regional port authorities, the ministry banned the sailing of Turkish-flagged commercial yachts to Greece as of Sept. 25, as well as regular passenger ships as of Oct. 12, citing the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) inspections.
A series of negotiations between Turkish and Greek officials followed, but the inspection and subsequent sailing ban imposed on a 35-metre Turkish yacht found to be offering illegal cruises a few days earlier provoked Turkey’s retaliatory reaction.
The decision is a blow to tourism industry on both sides of the Aegean Sea. Many Turkish tourists travel to the Greek islands for short breaks, boosting revenues on both sides.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
First live concert in the sky
Pianist and composer Hakan Ali Toker, who came to take part in the 6th Benyamin Sönmez Classical Music Festival in Fethiye, made a tandem (double) jump from world famous paragliding center at Babadağ to give a concert in the sky playing the accordion.
Hakan spent the 40-minute flight playing a selection of songs including the National Anthem and songs from Greece and Bulgaria.
The concert, which was broadcast live from the Toker’s social media accounts ended with a smooth landing at Belceğiz Beach.
The jump had originally been planned to take place on World Peace Day, September 21 however, had to be postponed due to adverse weather conditions. Toker said that he dedicated the concert to world peace.
Fethiye women ride decorated bikes to celebrate World Car Free Day
The Süslü Kadınlar Bisiklet Turu ( Women’s Ornate Bike Tour) was launched in İzmir in 2013 as a ‘World Without Cars’ cities event. It has since spread throughout the country and this year the women of Fethiye joined in.
Approximately 100 women gathered in Beşkaza Square wearing colorful clothes and riding bikes decorated with flowers and balloons.
The women pedaled from the bicycle path in Cahit Gündüz Caddesi to the Fethiye Fisherman’s Shelter.
Aslı Gökalp, the teacher who organized the event, said that tour was organized for the first time in Fethiye this year. Gökalp explains the event, organized through social media, was to raise awareness of bicycle sports and to raise the safety of bicycle routes, “We are very pleased with the participation, more than 100 women were with us today”
Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Turkey
Dominick Chilcott CMG has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey in succession to Richard Moore CMG. Mr. Chilcott will take up his appointment in January 2018.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor played a home match against Kahramanmaraşspor A.Ş on Wednesday. The final score was 1-1.
They then played an away match against Şanliurfaspor on Sunday evening which they lost, 3-0
This puts them in 13th position on the league table.
Fethiyespor drew a home match against Adanaspor from Lig 1 in the Ziraat Cup, the equivalent of the UK F.A. Cup. This match is to be played in October, date to be confirmed.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 8th October at home against Nazilli Belediyespor. Kick-off is 19:00.
Saturday 14th October away against Altay. Kick-off is 19:00.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on facebook.
Here are Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 4.77TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.72TL.
The US Dollar bought 3.56TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 3.49TL.
The Euro bought 4.21TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.18TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.