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


Fethiye suffers 150 million TL loss due to bankruptcy of Thomas Cook

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Businesses in Fethiye suffered a loss of more that 150 million TL as a result of the bankruptcy of Thomas Cook in September.

In an interview with FRT Television, FETOB President Bülent Uysal said “At the beginning of the year we evaluated the previous seasons in the area and the number of airline seats planned for Dalaman airport, from which we forecast the expected numbers for the 2019 season. We expected an increase of around 200,000 tourists compared to last year. Up to 23 September everything was going really well and the numbers were rising as forecast. Compared to 2018 we are still on the rise but the problem we have is that businesses are unable to collect the monies owed from Thomas Cook.

Uysal is calling for more support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Fethiye attends International Travel Turkey Izmir Fair

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

In other Tourism news, the International Travel Turkey Izmir Fair hosted by Izmir Metropolitan Municipality opened its doors to world tourism for the 13th time this week. 284,000 companies from 43 countries participated in the fair and the Fethiye stand attracted a great deal of attention.

Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca welcomed visitors at the booth at talked about Fethiye. In a statement he said “We participate in these activities in many regions to promote Fethiye. I am very pleased that our stand attracts so much attention. We have already started preparations for the 2020 season. Fethiye is not only about sun, sand and sea, we have many historical sites and ancient cities that are on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I am waiting for guests from all over the world to visit Fethiye”

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen awarded ‘Best airport of year’

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen International Airport was selected “Best airport of the year” on Friday by the Asia Pacific Aviation Center (CAPA), one of the world’s leading aviation organizations.

The Aviation Excellence Awards, determined by an international independent jury, has 10 categories and Sabiha Gökçen was the winner of the “airport with at least 30 million passengers”category.

The airport is Turkey’s second busiest and Europe’s twelfth, handling more than 35 million passengers annually.

Airport CEO Ersel Goral received the award at a ceremony held at the CAPA World Aviation Summit in Malta and said “We are deeply honored to receive this award from CAPA. It’s a recognition of our remarkable growth story.”

Source: aa.com.tr

Turkey switches to plain packaging to deter smokers

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

A regulation for plain packaging came into force on Thursday as Turkey seeks to reduce sales of cigarette and tobacco products and discourage smokers with less shiny packaging.

The Agriculture and Forestry Ministry overseeing the implementation of the regulation announced that manufacturers will begin producing plain packs for cigarettes and similar products while sales of older, branded packages will end on Jan. 5, 2020.

The move is expected to serve as a detraction for would-be smokers, especially among the youth, and curb tobacco and cigarette sales. It is also the latest step in a massive government campaign, which started in 2009, to reduce the number of smokers in the country, once the subject of a notorious expression, “smoking like a Turk.” More here…

Source: Daily Sabah

Turkey’s economy rebounds to generate year on year growth

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Turkey’s economy continued its gradual recovery from recession in the third quarter of this year, posting positive year-on-year growth for the first time in 2019. The economy grew 0.9% year-on-year between July and September of this year, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed Monday.

Turkey suffered its first recession in a decade after a painful currency crisis that struck the country in the summer of 2018, which wiped almost 30 per cent off the value of the lira.

Inflation, which had become a pressing issue for the Turkish economy over the last year, dropped significantly throughout the course of this year after topping 25% in September last year amid high fluctuations in exchange rates.

It had eased to 9.26% in September, when it hit single digits for the first time since July 2017 before dropping to 8.55% in October, its lowest since December 2016.

Nigel Rendell, a London-based Europe, Middle East and Africa analyst for Medley Global Advisors, projected Turkey’s economy will grow 1% on a quarterly basis between October and December.

Touching on the government’s targets for next year, Rendell said: “The economy will strengthen next year, given the interest rate declines and the state banks’ willingness to promote lending, but we expect economic growth to be around 3.5%.”

Sources: Financial Times/Daily Sabah

Western Turkey sees the arrival of winter

The Domaniç Mountains in the western province of Kütahya have been covered in snow, presenting picturesque scenes for those who fancy a winter visit.

It won’t be too long before the mountains around Fethiye will be just the same. Winter is coming…

Source: Hürriyet Daily News


Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates.


Fethiyespor won their home match against Fatsa Belediyespor on Saturday. The final score was 1-0.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Fethiyespor stay in second place on the league table.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

The next league matches are:

The last match in the first half of the season is on Sunday 15th December, away against Kemerspor 2003. Kick off is at 13:30.

The second half of the season starts on Sunday 12th January when Fethiyespor play away against Erokspor. Kick off is at 17:00. Please note the later kick off time.

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

Fethiye’s Basketball Team played two matches this week.

First was an away match on Tuesday 3rd December. The final score was Mekezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket 89 – 78 Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

The second was a home match on Saturday 7th December. The final score was Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor 75 – 70 Bornova Belediyespor.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Fethiye remain at the top of the league table and want to thank their many fans for their support.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

The next league matches are:

Saturday 14th December away in Ankara against Mamak Belediyesi. The match starts at 16:00.

Saturday 21st December at home against Bandırma Kırmızı . The match starts at 17:00.

Everyone is welcome to come along and support our local team. 

All matches are also broadcast live on Youtube/TBFTV.

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

Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 7.58 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.42 TL.

The US Dollar bought 5.77 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 5.74 TL.

The Euro bought 6.38 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.33 TL.

ISource: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 08 December 2019

Source: Living Earth

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