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African heatwave hits Turkey

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 June 2019

A heatwave from North Africa brought a 5 to 10 degree Celsius rise in temperatures across Turkey last week.

The Turkish Meteorological Service reported that, up to May 28, temperatures reached the highest levels recorded in any month of May.

In Marmaris, electronic thermometers in the city center showed temperatures of 36 degrees in the shade with a Feels Like temperature of 40 degrees due to humidity levels of 47 percent.

Holidaymakers took to the sea and hotel pools to keep cool after official warnings to avoid direct sunlight between the hours on 10am and 4pm.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Istanbul residents hit roads for the end of Ramazan holiday

Roads out of Istanbul were gridlocked on Friday as Istanbul residents hit the roads heading for coastal resorts for the nine-day public holiday celebrating the end of the Holy Month of Ramazan

Officials advised people to be extra careful whilst driving as traffic jams started to paralyze highways across the country.

The Ramazan holiday, was planned to officially start on June 4 and end on June 6, but Turkish authorities have signed a circular declaring that June 3 (Monday) and June 7 (Friday) would also be holidays, effectively creating a nine-day public holiday, including the two weekends.

During this period, traffic control will be tightened on the roads and officials have announced that 184,825 traffic personnel will be deployed to oversee the estimated 5 million people travelling during the holiday.

Friday sermons delivered at all mosques across Turkey included warnings to abide by the traffic laws.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Turkey gets leading UN tourism role

Turkey has been elected to the Executive Council of the U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

Turkey received 26 votes out of 40 countries on May 28 during the 64th meeting of the UNWTO in the Croatian capital Zagreb.

A statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry said “Turkey, with its knowledge and experience in the field of tourism and as a member of the Executive Council of UNWTO, will strive to accomplish U.N. 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development also in the framework of UNWTO and make sustainable tourism a universal goal.”

Meanwhile, the Mediterranean province of Antalya saw a record number of tourists for the month of May in its history.

Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) chairman Osman Ayık said that the year of 2019 would be the “year of records” for Turkish tourism.

Source: Hürriyet Daily News

Sea clean up in Gocek as part of World Environment Week

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 01 June 2019

Seven volunteer divers removed 100 kilograms of waste from the sea bottom at the entrance to the Gocek harbour on Wednesday as part of World Environment Week.

During the clean up organised by Fethiye and Gocek districts, Muğla Environmental Protection Foundation (MUÇEV) and Göcek Port Presidency, the divers removed toilets, rubber plates, dinner plates, chairs, metal, plastic and glass waste.

MUÇEV Field Coordinator Osman Gökmen, said in a statement, “MUÇEV are trying to provide support to all environmental activities and similar activities will take place every three months for a cleaner Gocek.

Source: MTurk


Nihat Özdemir elected as new president of the Turkish Football Federation

Businessman Nihat Özdemir, a longtime executive in Turkish Football Federation (TFF) and Istanbul giant Fenerbahçe, was elected Saturday to the post of president of Turkish football.

Özdemir was the only candidate running in the election conducted during the TFF’s ordinary general assembly meeting held in Ankara as other figures failed to gather the support of 60 delegates required for nomination.

59-year-old Özdemir had served as TFF vice chairman since 2014. He long held the post of Fenerbahçe vice chairman and previously served in the administration of the capital’s football club Ankaragücü. Ranked the 12th richest person in Turkey by Forbes magazine with $1.7 billion-worth of wealth, Özdemir is a founding partner and the honorary board chairman of Turkish conglomerate Limak Holding, a leading construction company also active in the cement, energy, infrastructure management, tourism, food and beverage and tourism sectors.

Source: Daily Sabah

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.38TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.73 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.84TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.08 TL.

The Euro bought 6.54 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.81 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

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