Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
FTSO President Osman Çıralı on tourism in 2021 and Babadağ cable car project
The TRAVEL TURKEY International Tourism Fair and Congress is one of the most significant gatherings of the tourism sector in Turkey, attracting buyers and purchasers from the main source markets in Europe and Asia.
This year, the 14th Travel Turkey İzmir Fair was held digitally due to the pandemic, the first virtual exhibition of the tourism industry in Turkey, in which Fethiye was virtually represented.
The digital platform used B2B video meetings to allow hosted buyers and all participants to establish new business connections.
In a statement, FTSO (Fethiye Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Osman Çıralı said, “With these promotions, we believe that the 2021 tourism season will be better than the 2020 season. Despite all these difficulties with the pandemic, we welcome our guests to Fethiye with safe tourism certificates, boutique businesses, the beautiful nature of Fethiye, blue flag beaches and bays, walking areas, paragliding activities. We hope that 2021 will be better than in 2020, even if we cannot catch 2019 ”.
President Çıralı went on to state that posts on social media about the implementation of the Babadağ cable car project are wrong, saying “Posts saying the cable car project will open on 1 May are incorrect and create misinformation. We are the head of this business and even we don’t know when it will open.
Test drives have started in Babadağ now. The approval of mechanical and electrical engineers is required. Employees need to complete their training and receive certificates. There are difficulties with the company that will come from Austria for the regulation process.
We hope it will open this year, but there is no need to confuse people about its progress. I hope to be able to explain more about the Babadağ Skywalk to the public in the near future.”
Foundations laid for 2nd stage of Fethiye Wastewater Treatment Plant
In a limited ceremony held on Tuesday, Fethiye Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Dr. Osman Gürün and Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca laid the foundations of the 2nd stage of the Fethiye Wastewater Treatment Plant at Günlükbaşı.
Dr. Osman Gürün and Alim Karaca also met with engineers and inspected the work being carried out to lay the new collection lines in Ovacık – Hisarönü, which will integrate into the updated treatment plant.
The new facility costing 55 million Turkish lira is an addition to the existing plant and the updated facilities will have the capacity to purify 50,000 m3 per day.
Source: Fethiye Belediyesi
Turkey to open tender for Canal Istanbul in 2021
This year Turkey will open a tender for the mega-project Canal Istanbul, an artificial sea route parallel to the Bosphorus set to connect the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, a senior Turkish official said Friday.
On Wednesday, President Erdoğan said that despite some hurdles, all the technical groundwork for the canal has been completed.
The construction of Canal Istanbul, with a daily passage capacity of 185 vessels, is expected to be completed in 2025-2026.
The planned 45-kilometer (28-mile) canal will be built west of the city center on the European side of the Istanbul province.
The mega-project, which aims to prevent risks posed by vessels carrying dangerous shipments through the Bosphorus Strait, was approved by the country’s Environment and Urbanization Ministry.
Rebuilding begins after earthquake in Izmir
A groundbreaking ceremony on Monday marks the first step for new residences for hundreds of residents of Izmir, the western province that was hit by a deadly earthquake that killed 117 people on October 30, 2020,
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan laid the foundation for 1,844 houses which will be constructed by a housing authority for those who lost homes or had their buildings heavily damaged in the disaster.
The government designated seven areas for the construction of new houses in Bayraklı. The Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKI) is in charge of the rebuilding process which will be mostly on the site of collapsed buildings.
The construction is expected to be completed in August.
Read the full article here: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/rebuilding-begins-in-turkeys-earthquake-stricken-izmir/news
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
The Fethiyespor Board of Directors and Coach Mesut Toros came to a mutual agreement to terminate their contract after Fethiyespor, currently top of the 3rd League 2nd Group, only managed a 1-1 draw in their home match against Büyükçekmece Tepecikspor on Thursday.
In a statement on social media, the club said “The roads were separated by mutual agreement as a result of the negotiations with our coach Mesut Toros. We thank Toros and his team for their contribution to our club, we wish you success in their career from now on.”
The club has signed a 1.5-year agreement with a new coach, Bahri Kaya.
Fethiyespor drew their home match against Büyükçekmece Tepecikspor on Thursday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor stay in first position in the league.
The next league match is:
Wednesday 3rd March away against Yomraspor. Please note the new kick-off time is 14:00.
Please note: the Turkish Football Federation have not yet changed the decision to play all matches without spectators due to COVID-19 measures.
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Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor
Lokman Hekim Fethiye Belediyespor lost their away match against Anadolu Efes on Sunday. The final score was 101-85.
The next league match is:
Sunday 7th March at home against Royal Hali Gaziantep
Please click on the link below for the match schedule.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 10.33 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.75 TL.
The US Dollar bought 7.42 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 6.96 TL.
The Euro bought 08.96 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 08.43 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Looking across Ölüdeniz from the Lycian Way” by Önder Diktaş.