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

Featured photograph by Şemsi Toprak.


Colorful Halloween celebrations in Çalış

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

The tradition of halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. It is a celebration celebrated in many countries and Turkey was no exception.

Local residents held a colorful and fun celebration at Nil Bar in Çalış, with costumes attracting interest from other customers in the restaurant and passers-by.

Nil Bar Owner Öznur Göktaş said, “This year we are having a fun night celebrating Halloween together with the British who live in our district.”

The money raised will be used for the benefit of street animals.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

New tax law includes hotel accommodation tax

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

New legislation introducing new measures to increase tax revenues in Turkey includes a hotel accommodation tax to be paid by guests.

Hotels, motels, holiday villages, pensions, apart hotels, guesthouses and camping facilities and rural tourism facilities such as mountain and plateau houses will be subject to accommodation tax.

The hotel accommodation tax rate will be 2 percent. No accommodation tax will be charged for those under 12 years of age.

The new tax will come into force in April next year.

Sources: sozcu.com.tr/Hürriyet Daily News

200,000 electric vehicles predicted to be sold in Turkey in next 3 years

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

Some 200,000 electric vehicles will be sold in Turkey in the next three years, according to Zorlu Holding Energy Group Chairman Sinan Ak, who said the driving force in this process will be the domestic electric car, which is expected to hit the market in 2022. Ak highlighted the tax advantage granted for electric vehicles in Turkey, which is likely to lead to an increase in the number of electric cars.

Ak said, “Global automotive giant companies quickly launched their electric models to the European market. These models will also come to the Turkish market. We cannot stop this. The tendency to drive diesel vehicles has increased rapidly in the last quarter-century and the Turkish people will display a similar trend with electric vehicles.”

He emphasized the importance of the number of stations and battery charging times needed for electric vehicles, stating that 80% of charging operations were installed in homes and workplaces. Ak stressed that serious additional investments in the electricity network would be needed. He estimated that the number of electric vehicles in Turkey would reach 2.2 million by 2030.

Source: Daily Sabah

Intercontinental marathon takes place in Istanbul

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

The world’s only intercontinental marathon took place in Istanbul yesterday with thousands of people attending including a record number of runners.

A total of 63 elite athletes joined the Vodafone 41st Istanbul Marathon, which started at 0900 am local time [0600GMT] from Istanbul’s Asian side and and ended in the European part of the city.

Sponsored by world-famous British telecommunication conglomerate Vodafone, the sports event has four categories — 42.2-kilometer (26.2 miles) marathon, 15-km run (9.3 mi), 8-km (4.9 mi) FunRun as well as a wheelchair competition.

The runners from 106 countries are competed in Sunday’s race and thousands of people are attended the 8-km FunRun.

The finish line was located in the historic Sultanahmet Square on the city’s European side. The motto of the 2019 marathon was “Istanbul is yours. Don’t stop, run!”

Detailed information about the sports event can be viewed on https://en.maraton.istanbul/

Source: aa.com.tr


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.


Fethiyespor won their away match against Tepecikspor yesterday. The final score was 0-1.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

Fethiyespor stay at fourth place on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

The next league match is:

Sunday 10th November at home against Kozan. Kick off is at 13:30.

New colours for Apacılar bus

The Apacılar (Apaches) are the backbone of the Fethiyespor supporters. They lead the singing at the matches and have a bus that takes them and supporters to away matches.

The bus is looking very swish with its new colours for this season.

For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Thank you to Pauline Yılmaz for the Lokman Hekim Fethiyespor Basketbol updates

Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Spor Basketball Team played the 4th match of the season at home against Balikesir Büyükşehir Belediye Spor on Saturday.

It was a closely fought match which went into extra time with the final score Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediye Spor 91 – 94 Balikesir Büyükşehir Belediye Spor.

Fethiye Belediyespor wishes to thank all their fans and supporters who filled the Beşkaza Stadium on Saturday.

Next week’s match will be played away in Bursa on Saturday 9th November against Final Gençlik

You can follow the Team on their Facebook Page – Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor Basketbol

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.39 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.40 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.71 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.77 TL.

The Euro bought 6.39 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.39 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 2 November 2019

Source: Living Earth


  1. What rate will the tourist tax be paid on?
    Local room rate or Tour Operators rate.
    There can be large discrepancy between rack rate and special rates.
    Tourists booking holidays will need this ingormation

    • According to the new arrangement the tax will be charged as follows:

      5-star hotels and resorts, boutique hotels and private accommodation = 18TL per person per night.

      4-star hotels = 12TL per person per night

      3-star hotels and municipal certified accommodation = 9TL per person per night

      2 and 1 star hotels = 6TL per person per night.

      The tax will be revalued each year.

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