Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Babadağ cable car project reached test stage
While the COVID-19 outbreak is affecting the world and the economic balance, investment projects continue in the private sector.
One such project is Skywalk, the Babadağ Cable Car and work continues on the “starting station” and car park on the Hisarönü to Ölüdeniz road.
Test runs with cable car cabins will take place in the near future.
The 30 million dollar project will carry an expected 1 million passengers to the summit of Babadağ, with it’s world-famous paragliding centre.
The project also includes social areas and a restaurant.
On completion of all testing and commissioning, the aim is for Skywalk to be opened to the public in November 2020 at the latest after obtaining the operation technical license from MMO.
Ölüdeniz prepares for the season
Whilst there is still uncertainty in the tourism sector due to the coronavirus pandemic, in Ölüdeniz, preparations have started for the season. Work continues on completing the infrastructure work on the new drinking water system, local businesses are carrying out maintenance work, pebbles that accumulate on Belcekiz beach over the winter are being raked and loaded onto a tractor, and paraglider pilots have started pre-season preparations by maintaining parachutes and making test solo flights.
Whilst there is no confirmed date for the opening of the season, pilots are hopeful it will be at the end of June.
The Cooperative President attended a meeting in Ankara to discuss flights and special permissions that will need to be granted due to the difficulty in following social distancing measures during tandem flights. Extra precautions will need to be taken to ensure the health and safety of customers and pilots. The suggested measures will include the wearing of full visor helmets by pilots, full face visors, caps and masks for passengers, regular disinfecting of all equipment between flights and a safe landing zone.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Beautifying work to be carried out in Çalış
Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca has made a commitment to carry out work in Çalış to “beautify” the area. The mayor met with ÇALIŞ-DER President Mete Ay and examined Çalış Kordon and nearby roads.
As a result, Karaca said resurfacing work will be carried out on the road by the Çalış bridge, the kordon will be re-tiled, new lighting will be fitted and the green area along the kordon will be renewed.
Work will start in November 2020.
Çalış-Der President Mete Ay told Fethiye Times that the kordon area will be renewed for the first time in 28 years. He added that the tiles will be replaced with the same type that can be seen in Göcek. He also confirmed that routine cleaning work will take place on the beach before the start of the season.
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/ Çalış-Der President Mete Ay
Istanbul Tulip returns home after 200 years
The Istanbul Tulip returned home to Turkey after two centuries, Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands has said.
“Today, after more than 200 years, we brought the Istanbul Tulip home,” Consul General Bart van Bolhuis said in a series of Tweets and shared pictures of the yellow-reddish flower with acuminate leaves.
Van Bolhuis handed over the original Istanbul Tulip, along with a video message to Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu and 16 million Istanbulites.
“The Ottoman Empire laid the basis for the tulip cultivation and culture, and the Dutch have further developed the tulip and spread it all over the world.
“The Istanbul Tulip is still cultivated in the Netherlands today on a small scale. Now the tulip is home again, in Istanbul,” the post said.
“We hope that the tulip, symbol of the friendship between the Netherlands and Turkey, brings every Istanbulite comfort and confidence to overcome this pandemic together,” it added.
The symbol of Turkey and Istanbul, the tulip was taken to Europe during the second half of the 15th century.
The tulip became popular in the Netherlands and made its way to the Canadian capital of Ottawa before becoming known worldwide.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Turkish TV series set to break YouTube record
Turkish television series Resurrection: Ertugrul is set to break a world record for the most new subscribers in a month on YouTube.
On April 25, Pakistan Television aired the first episode of the popular Turkish TV series that highlights the history of Muslims during the 13th century.
Shortly after the 45-minute long first episode was broadcast, #ErtugrulUrduPTV was trending with viewers welcoming the series as they shared some scenes from the first episode on social media.
Often described as the Turkish Game of Thrones, the series is woven around 13th century Anatolia and tells the story prior to the establishment of the Ottoman Empire. It illustrates the struggle of Ertugrul Gazi, father of the empire’s founder.
Resurrection: Ertugrul is also available on Netflix Turkey.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the sport updates
May 3 was six years since Fethiyespor’s last match in the TFF 1. League, the second level of the Turkish football league system.
This documentary was prepared in memory of the 30th anniversary of Fethiyespor being in professional leagues and was shared by the team at the time of their last match and again this week as a walk down memory lane.
For more information about Fethiyespor please visit Fethiyespor Yabancilar on Facebook
Turkey to resume football leagues from June 12
Football leagues in Turkey will resume from June 12, Turkish Football Federation (TFF) President Nihat Özdemir said in a video conference on Wednesday.
“For now, we decided to start Turkish football leagues, which were previously suspended due to coronavirus, such as the Super Lig, first, second, third divisions and amateur leagues in the week of June 12, 13 and 14,”
He stated that the federation has different scenarios to handle the coronavirus process so that the players will not be at risk.
Sporting events across Turkey were suspended on March 19 to stem the spread of coronavirus.
Özdemir said that Turkey aims to complete the 2019-2020 football season by the end of July, and added that Turkey will host 2020 UEFA Champions League final in August.
Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.79 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.76 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.08 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.01 TL.
The Euro bought 7.77 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.77 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Looking across Fethiye from the Sun Dial” by Lyn Ward