Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.


Arkadaslik Yachting: minimizing single use plastics

Arkadaslik Yachting: minimizing single use plastics

If you’re phasing single-use plastic bottles out of your life and love Gulet holidays, you’ll be very happy to learn that Fethiye based, Arkadaslik Yachting are minimizing their reliance on single use plastics onboard Arkadaslik this year.

By giving each guest a water bottle at the beginning of their cruise, they’ll reduce their waste by more than 100 plastic bottles a day, a massive 12,000 bottles per season.

Arkadaslik Yachting would like to thank Bayeks Promosyon for printing the bottles.

Sue Fockner-Aşık, owner of Arkadaslik Yachting said “We love them – and think our guests will too!” 


“We will clean up Fethiye Bay”

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019

There was great news for the people of Fethiye when Environment and Urban Planning Minister, Murat Kurum, visited Fethiye on Wednesday.

The Minister visited Fethiye for the opening of the Presidency of the Central Election Coordination Center in Fethiye, Muğla.

During his speech the Kurum said:

“Unfortunately, Fethiye Bay is in a very bad condition, and we have made our findings here. We will launch a 250 million pound project to clean the Gulf of Fethiye.”

Kurum likened it to the Golden Horn, a major urban waterway and the primary inlet of the Bosphorus in Istanbul. He said “The Golden Horn was in a worse condition that the Gulf of Fethiye. The government has cleaned the the Golden Horn and today it has become a place where fish can see and breathe. We will do the same in Fethiye”

On the morning of April 1, both Fethiye and Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization will start the cleaning of Fethiye. ”

519km bike route between İzmir and Antalya

Kurum also talked about the 519 km cycle route project from İzmir to Antalya. He said:

“We also continue our work for the 519-kilometer-cycle route project from Izmir to Antalya. There will be bicycle paths between Bodrum, Datça Peninsula, Koyceğiz, Dalyan, Fethiye and Kaş. Cyclists will be able to use the cycle path for a healthy lifestyle and to protect nature and the environment. 68 km of cycle path in Fethiye are within the scope of the project.”

Source: SonDakika/Haber Turk

Ferry service to start between Turkey’s Izmir and Greece’s Athens this summer

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019
The Port of Çeşme (iStock Photo)

A ferry service will be provided from Çeşme in İzmir province to the castle town of Lavrion near Athens in Greece this summer.

The service will run from June 2nd, connecting the Turkish and Greek mainland for the first time.

Çeşme-Lavrion was chosen as it is the closest distance between the Turkish and Greek mainland with the trip taking some seven hours.

Bülent Ipek, board chairman of the Istanbul-based company, said “The line will not only boost the region’s economy but it will also provide significant convenience for expatriates as well as tourists.”

Source: Daily Sabah

Bogus holiday injury and illness claims fall after laws are introduced to ban cold calling and curb the amount that can be demanded to cover legal costs

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019

The number of compensation claims for holiday sickness and car accident whiplash has fallen dramatically after the introduction of legal curbs.

Personal injury claims brought before civil courts fell 19 per cent from 35,000 at the beginning of last year to 28,400 in December, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice.

It follows laws introduced last summer to stop profiteering by claims companies and lawyers, including limits on the amount they can demand in legal costs over holiday illness claims.

And last spring, claims companies were banned from making cold calls to people who had been involved in car crashes.

Sickness claims by holidaymakers rose from 5,000 in 2013 to more than 35,000 by 2016.

A number of bogus claims have been exposed, including that of Martin and Lindsey Brown, of Chorley, Lancashire, who tried to claim £20,000 after saying their holiday in Turkey was ruined by illness.

The couple were found guilty of fraud after, instead of being bedridden, Mr Brown had been going to the pool and drinking until ‘daft o’clock’.

Source: Mail Online


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates.


Fethiyespor won their home match against Sivas Belediyespor yesterday. The final score was 2-1.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019

Fethiyespor move back up to 14th position on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019The next league matches are:

Sunday 24th March away against Zonguldak Kömürspor. Kick off is at 15:00.

Wednesday 3rd April at home to Kirklarelispor. Kick off is at 15:00.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook.

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor won their away match against İTÜ İstanbul on Saturday. The final score was 73-75.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019

For more information about Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor please visit them on Facebook.

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.25 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.08 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.44 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.44 TL.

The Euro bought 6.17 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.11 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 16 March 2019

Source: Living Earth