Our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey over the last week.
Turkey Tourism Week starts today
Turkey is one of the leading holiday destinations in the world and every year, Tourism Week is held in April to celebrate and promote the beauty of the area.
Tourism week starts on 16th April (today) and the Fethiye celebrations will start with an official opening cocktail party at Fethiye Culture Centre starting at 17:30.
On Tuesday 17th April there will be an opening exhibition held at Fethiye Kaymakamlığı Kültür Merkezi (behind the Fethiye museum) starting at 10:00. There will also be a meeting for representatives from the sector at the Yacht Classic Hotel at 14:00.
All are welcome to attend these meetings.
Fethiye Community Church Official Opening
The Fethiye Community Church’s (Fethiye Halk Kilisesi Derneği) new building was officially opened and dedicated on Saturday.
The opening ceremony was led by pastor, David Teylor and the response to the new building was very positive and encouraging.
Full coverage of the opening will follow in the near future.
Second warmest winter recorded in Turkey since 1971
The winter season of 2017-2018 has been the second warmest on record in Turkey since 1971, according to an official from the country’s meteorological service.
The average temperature during the winter season in 2017-2018 was recorded at 6.4 degrees Celsius, 2.8 degrees above the average temperature in 1981-2010, said Ismail Güneş, the director general of Turkey’s State Meteorological Service.
The warmest winter season was recorded in 2010-2011 with an average of 6.8 degrees Celsius, Güneş noted.
2017 is the third hottest year ever recorded on the planet, considering the measurements made since 1880, according to World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The average temperature in Turkey was 14.2 degrees Celsius in 2017, which is 0.7 degrees above the average temperature during the period between 1981 and 2010.
Güneş noted that the changing climate has led to the decrease in the average annual snowfall. “But, it is too early to say that the tropical climate will prevail in the country in the future.”
According to climate projections by the meteorological service, the average annual temperature will increase 1-2 degrees Celsius by 2050.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish Lira weakens to record lows
Turkey’s lira sank to fresh record lows against the dollar and euro on April 11 as investor concerns deepened about the outlook for monetary policy and inflation — and about political tension in Russia and Syria.
The lira, one of the worst-performing emerging market currencies this year, has plumbed record lows for the last five trading days. It has been pressured by a sharp sell-off in Russia’s rouble, the currency of a major trading partner and a fellow emerging market heavyweight.
It hit an all-time low of 4.1550 against the dollar, a depreciation of 8.5 percent this year, weakening from 4.1166 a day earlier, according to Reuters data.
Against the euro, it weakened to a record low of 5.1435.
Source: Hurriyet Daily News
Local man buried with full military honours
A disabled ex-soldier was buried in Fethiye this week with full military honours.
49-year-old Gazi Serdal Doğan was hit by a car six months ago while crossing the road close to the Fethiye State Hospital. The driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident. Doğan had spent the last six months in the Antalya Training & Research Hospital but eventually died from his injuries.
It was during his army service as Beşikdüzü District Gendarmerie Commander in Topkavuş, that Doğan was injured in a car accident that confined him to a wheelchair for life.
Sources: News 48/fethiyehaber.com
Easyjet – policy change for hand luggage only travellers from Dalaman.
If you are travelling with hand luggage only from Dalaman, please note the following change of policy.
On previous confirmations for Easyjet, it says if you have no hold luggage please go straight to security.
It now says:
Due to local regulations in place at Dalaman, your online boarding pass does not allow you into the departure area, so you must present yourself at BAG DROP to receive a validation stamp from our team. Failure to present yourself at BAG DROP at least 60 minutes prior to scheduled flight departure time will result in you being unable to fly.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor won their away match against Silivrispor on Saturday. The final score was 0-2.
After Saturday’s result, Fethiyespor remain in 15th place on the league table.
The next league matches are:
Sunday 22nd April at home against Bandırmaspor. Kick off is at 15.30.
Sunday 29th April away against Karşıyaka. Kick off is at 15.30.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.
Fethiye Belediyespor Basketball
Fethiye Belediyespor basketball team won their home match against Merkezefedi Belediyesi Yüksekçıta Koleji on Saturday. The final score was 79-70.
For more information about Fethiye Belediyespor visit Facebook.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates:
The British Pound bought 5.83 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.69 TL.
The US Dollar bought 4.09 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.04 TL.
The Euro bought 5.05 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 4.96 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead
Thank you to local photographer, Norman Clark, for today’s featured photograph of Kayaköy.