Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Improvement work continues at Karaot Beach
Fethiye Municipality teams are continuing work to improve the facilities at Karaot Beach. The project, a collaboration between Fethiye City Council, Fethiye Ecology Life Association, and relevant NGOs, was prepared according to recommendations to protect Caretta Caretta nesting areas and endemic plants and is being carried out accordingly.
Karaot, a free public beach, will soon be open to the public with facilities charging reasonable prices, similar to the new facilities at İnlice Beach.
Source: Gerçek Fethiye
Russian magnate Alexander Svetakov docks for bite to eat in Bodrum, leaving $1,000 tip
Russian billionaire Alexander Svetakov anchored off this week Turkey’s renowned holiday resort Bodrum with a superyacht carrying his family. The property magnate reportedly spent TL 100,000 ($14,500) in a single day.
Svetakov, one of Russia’s richest citizens presiding over a $2.5 billion fortune, arrived in Bodrum’s famous Yalıkavak beach on his 72-meter-long yacht “The Cloudbreak.” The Russian billionaire reserved a private beach for his family Thursday and was spotted while collecting pebbles with his son on the coast.
According to reports, Svetakov spent TL 2,500 ($364) in a restaurant for breakfast and left TL 7,500 ($1092) in tips.
After the stop in Bodrum, Cloudbreak cruised via the Gulf of Fethiye to Ölüdeniz, where it moored in front of Kumburnu Nature Park. Svetakov did not go ashore but photographed his fellow passengers enjoying watersports from an intermediate deck.
Cloudbreak, worth $200 million with a $1.1 million weekly rent price, is one of the most famous yachts in the world. It has a spa area, swimming pool, jacuzzi, restaurant and water sports area. The boat has previously welcomed abroad many renowned figures, including Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum and Julia Roberts.
Sources: Daily Sabah/Gerçek Fethiye
World’s biggest submerged plane in Turkey awaits divers
After flying the skies for 36 years, a cargo plane in western Turkey now awaits scuba-diving lovers from around the world.
Measuring 54 meters from nose to tail and with a wingspan of 44 meters, the Airbus A300 cargo plane became the world’s largest sunken plane wreck in 2016 off the Aegean coast of Kusadaşı.
Anadolu Agency joined divers at the site to view the now coral-encrusted submerged aircraft.
Though all parts of the aircraft, including the fuselage, are still in their original condition, fish of many species now dart about its interior.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, scuba-diving instructor Tağmaç Saraçoğlu said that sinking the plane boosted the region’s diving tourism.
He highlighted that professional divers from different countries would come to see the wreck in the past, but now only local tourists were present due to novel coronavirus.
Galata Tower to be converted into museum
The iconic Galata Tower of Istanbul is undergoing restoration before it is converted into a museum. A landmark popular among tourists for an aerial view of the city, the tower will be reopened on Sept. 15.
It was recently handed over to the control of state-run Directorate-General of Foundations, and authorities plan to shut down the restaurant and cafe in the tower run by a company of Istanbul Municipality. Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy recently said that they would set up exhibitions on each floor of the tower.
The 67-meter-high (220-foot-high) tower situated on the city’s European side was constructed in 1348 as a watchtower and later in the Ottoman era, as an observation post against fires. Today, it is a landmark giving a splendid view of the Golden Horn through a narrow panoramic deck at the top. The tower, the tallest building in the city when it was first constructed, was restored multiple times since the 19th century when it was damaged in a fire. The last restoration was done in the 1960s when its roof was reconstructed and the wooden interior was replaced by a concrete structure.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkey’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines stretches its wings for nature
Besides successfully operating for air travel, Turkish Airlines is also taking care of the environment with eco-friendly initiatives.
Turkey’s national flag carrier, leader of its region in aircraft maintenance and repair sector, saved soil as large as 63 football fields by recycling its hazardous waste and stemmed the cutting of 3,648 trees by recycling its non-hazardous waste in 2019, the airlines said in a press release on Sunday.
Along with this, the airlines provided training for nearly 60,000 staff members on environmental awareness as part of its efforts to protect the environment and nature.
“As the airline with the largest number of countries in its flight network, we want future generations to be able to visit and experience the natural and historical wonders of our planet,” İlker Aycı, the chairman of Turkish Airlines, said in the statement, adding: “As we witnessed during this pandemic, we are not happy when we are separated from nature.”
Touching on the airlines’ strategy to protect the environment while tackling climate change by reducing carbon footprints, Aycı mentioned that they invest in new technology that provides high fuel efficiencies.
“In future, we will continue to provide a comfortable and healthy travel atmosphere and focus on conducting all of our operations in a sustainable way,” he added.
Turkish Cargo, the air cargo brand of Turkish Airlines, also played a role in preserving nature and wildlife by carrying wild animal species to their natural habitats in 2019, according to the statement.
“Turkish Cargo transported four depressed circus lions from (the Ukrainian capital) Kiev to South Africa, operating their flight to freedom and carried endangered griffon vulture Dobrila to Serbia, its natural habitat.”
“In 2019, flag carrier airline saved 55,492 tons of fuel and 174,800 tons of carbon emissions were avoided,” as it was able to achieve almost 20% fuel saving per seat.
Turkish Airlines is also operating cargo flights to maintain the global supply chain of food and medical products as the company suspended international and domestic flights in line with the decisions taken by authorities to protect the public health during the coronavirus pandemic.
Turkish Airlines, established in 1933, has a fleet of 361 passengers and cargo aircraft.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 8.56 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 8.45 TL.
The US Dollar bought 6.86 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.85 TL.
The Euro bought 7.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 7.68 TL.
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Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Sunset over Kocagöl Lake near Dalaman” by Lyn Ward