Fethiye Times pick of the news from the local area and around Turkey.
Çalış Boat season officially open
The Çalış Boat Cooperative, which has been carrying passengers for 30 years, held their traditional opening dinner on Wednesday.
Çalış Boat Cooperative Chairman Veli Tuğsat thanked everyone for attending the dinner and and expressed his hopes for a successful season.
The Çalış Water Taxi is now also running normal summer hours, every half an hour.
Source: Muğla Turk
Police Motorcycle Teams, ready for duty in tourist areas
19 police officers (2 of them women) completed their one month basic training for the Motorcycle Unit (Yunus) in Marmaris this week.
A ceremony was held in the market place of the İçmeler Quarter for the police officers who succeeded. The new ‘Yunus’ officers showed their skills at the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, District Police Chief Ercan said, “Motorcycle policemen help to prevent crime and have an active role in the fight. They also have great importance in the development of public relations. I wish them continued success in the courses.”
Muğla tourist areas have 30 motorcycles and 56 ‘Yunus’ team. The new motorcycle officers will serve in Marmaris, Fethiye and Bodrum.
The ceremony ended when police officers Hilal Ünlü and Seçil Çiftçi celebrated by waving the Turkish flag from the motorcycle.
Source: Son Dakika
Turkey’s emergency authority issues safe swimming guide
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has issued a guide to inform citizens about the precautions to take while swimming as the summer season nears.
The guide, which can be seen on AFAD’s official website, lists the risks of swimming especially in the presence of currents and issues special warnings for areas with rip currents, a major cause of drowning in Turkish waters.
Rip Currents in Turkey are mostly seen in Black Sea and in some parts of Mediterranean Sea and are dubbed an “insidious danger.” They are described as “quite strong currents moving from shallow water to deep water that can carry swimmers away from the shore to the open seas.
In the event of a trouble with strong tides, it is essential to keep calm and instead of trying to swim back to the shore, swimmers should move sideways to be able to beat the current.
In the guide, AFAD also warned against swimming in rivers, even if the surface seems calm. Water channels, reservoirs and dam lakes should not be used for swimming and people should never swim alone.
Sources: Hürriyet Daily News/ AFAD
Ölüdeniz Paragliding Spring Meeting
250 paragliding pilots from 30 countries attended the Ölüdeniz Spring Paragliding Festival last week.
The Ölüdeniz Spring Meeting is held each year at the beginning of the season and pilots demonstrate their skills in a series of acrobatic air shows.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Mayor of Fethiye Oğuz Bolel, said “The event contributes to the tourist season and, in coming years, we want to do more of these kind of activities.”
Source: Son Dakika
Turkey’s tourism income hits $4.63 billion in Q1
Turkey’s tourism income totaled $4.63 billion in the first quarter of this year, the country’s statistical authority announced on April 30.
From January to March, quarterly tourism revenue surged 4.6 percent year-on-year, up from $4.42 billion in the same period last year, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK) reported.
Turkey welcomed over 6.6 million visitors in the three-month period, an 8.5 percent rise on a yearly basis – 82.2 percent foreign and 17.8 percent Turkish citizens living abroad.
TÜİK said visitors’ average expenditures were $697 per capita, as foreigners spent $678 per capita and Turkish citizens spent $765 per capita.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.
Fethiyespor lost their final match of the season away against Bandirmaspor Baltok on Saturday. The final score was 1-2.
Fethiyespor finish the season at 16th position in the league which means they will be relegated.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol
Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Basketball update
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Basketball team are currently 2 – 1 games up in their series of semi final matches against Bornova Belediyespor .
The results from this week were:
Tuesday 30 April: Fethiye 83 – Bornova 78 ( a home win)
Thursday 2 May: Fethiye 62 – Bornova 59 (a home win)
Sunday 5 May: Bornova 64 – Fethiye 59 ( an away loss)
The 4th match in the series will be played in Izmir on Tuesday 7th May
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 7.85 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.67 TL.
The US Dollar bought 5.96 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.94 TL.
The Euro bought 6.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.63 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth