Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.

Curated from various news sources.


Heavy rains and strong winds cause disruption in Fethiye and across Muğla

Heavy rain that fell in Fethiye over a 24 hour period caused floods in the town centre on Wednesday, with many businesses on Çarşı and Dispenser streets struggling to keep the water at bay. The rain also brought the first snow of the year to Akdağ.

In Marmaris, strong winds reached 40 kilometres per hour on Saturday, blew pots, tables and chairs around the frontages of shops and restaurants and caused a 35-meter excursion boat to run aground. 

Municipality teams were out cleaning the debris left by 4-metre waves during the storm.

In Datça-Bodrum, ferry services were cancelled due to the storm, and fishing boats could not leave the bays. 60 kilometres per hour winds caused 2-metre waves that reached the balconies of businesses on the beach.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Winter tires mandatory from December 1

According to the directive issued by Muğla Governor’s Office, winter tires will be mandatory between December 1 and April 1 in the following areas:

Muğla / Denizli, Muğla (Seydikemer) / Antalya (Korkuteli) State Highway, the roads of the Kavaklıdere District where there is snowfall and in the Menteşe District Yılanlı location to the provincial borders of Denizli.

Source: Gerçek Fethiye

Turkey set to generate $22B from tourism in 2021

Tourism income in Turkey reached $16.8 billion during the first nine months of 2021, as the country plans to welcome more than 28 million foreign tourists by the end of the year.

Turkey has set a plan to generate $22 billion from tourism in 2021, despite a huge Covid-19 impact on the industry worldwide.

Turkey is ready to welcome more than 28 million foreign tourists in 2021, Turkish culture and tourism minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said on Wednesday.

Turkey’s promotional efforts have played a key role in the recovery, Ersoy told participants at a two-day Economy Summit, which kicked off at a ski resort in the northwestern province of Bursa on Wednesday.

Ersoy said that the nation’s tourism revenues reached $16.8 billion during the first nine months of 2021, while they stood at $12.1 billion in 2020.

Turkey’s southern resort city, Antalya, has kept its title as ‘the most popular Mediterranean destination’ for the second consecutive time after hosting the highest number of visitors in the region.

The city, with its 680,000-bed capacity, hosted 8.6 million tourists in 10 months.

Tourists from more than 60 countries visited the city this year, with visitors from Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Poland and the UK topping the list.

Antalya alone is aiming to reach 9 million tourists mark this year.

Source: TRT World

Underwater history resurfaces: 255 artifacts found in Turkish seas

Ongoing excavations and research in the seas of Turkey, where the world’s first scientific archeological underwater excavations were carried out, have revealed 255 artifacts this year

Underwater archaeological excavation and research in Turkey was started with the work on the Bronze Age Gelidonya Shipwreck, near the Finike district of Antalya province in 1960. Turkish scientists and divers have continued to bring important cultural heritage up from the depths of the blue waters ever since.

The wreckage of the world’s oldest trade ship from the Bronze Age is among the important discoveries of the latest archaeological excavations.

Efforts are also underway to establish underwater archaeology museums on the coasts of Turkey’s seas so that the artifacts that have been discovered in the scientific, underwater studies can be exhibited. Read more here …

Source: Daily Sabah

Restoration at Edirne’s UNESCO-listed Selimiye Mosque begins

Comprehensive restoration work on the UNESCO World Heritage site Selimiye Mosque, regarded as the peak of Turkish-Islamic architecture, has begun in the northwestern Edirne province.

The restoration of the mosque, which is owned by the foundation of Sultan Selim II, will be carried out by the General Directorate of Foundations.

The restoration is expected to be completed in 2025 and the mosque will be open to worship and visit.

Read details of the restoration work here: https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/restoration-at-edirnes-unesco-listed-selimiye-mosque-begins/news

Turkish lira at new historical lows, how much further can it drop?

The Turkish lira plunged to record lows this week after President Erdoğan pledged to stick with a policy of easing interest rates. It has lost as much as 45 per cent of its value this year, with about half of those losses in the last two weeks.

The lira was among the top losers this year, losing nearly 90% of its value against the US dollar since the beginning of the year and down over 40% in November, which marks the currency’s record monthly fall.

Extremely unfavorable conditions, such as high inflation which holds near 20%, driven by rise in food and import prices, especially strong rise in energy prices, prolonged supply constraints and increased costs of economic reopening after the pandemic, kept the lira under increased pressure.

Low liquidity also contributed to lira’s recent sharp moves which pushed the currency beyond any expectations and deeply into uncharted territory.

The actions of the Turkish central bank which cut the interest rates by 400 basis points since August, lowering the rate from 19% to the current 15%, with signs that the CBRT is on the way to further lower the borrowing cost in December, strongly influenced lira’s performance.

The outlook for lira is expected to remain weak and suggesting that Turkish currency could fall further unless fundamentals change significantly.

Sources: forexlive/Reuters



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Match results

Fethiyespor won their home match against Ağrı 1970 Spor on Sunday. The final score was 1-0.

Fethiyespor stay at the top of the league table.

League Matches 

Saturday 4th December at home against Karşıyaka. Kick-off is at 13:00.

You can find the schedule for the first half of the season at this link: TFF 3. Lig 3. Grup

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Fethiye Falcons

Thank you to Nathan Alexander for the Fethiye Falcons update.

A huge signing for Fethiye Falcons this week with Doruk Çeliktutan from Kadikoy Bulls. Çeliktutan is captain of the Turkish national team and has been a very influential figure in the growth of rugby league in Turkey over the last five years.

He has won 3 TRL championships with Kadikoy Bulls and has over 20 national caps for Turkey.

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 16.14 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.10 TL.

The US Dollar bought 12.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 11.23 TL.

The Euro bought 13.66 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.67 TL.

Source: FxexchangeRate.com

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

Today’s featured image “Stormy weather in Marmaris ” by Fethiye Belediyesi.

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