Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
A success for Fethiye at Eastern Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair (EMITT-2022)
As one of the top five tourism exhibitions worldwide, the Eastern Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair (EMITT) annually attracts large numbers of industry professionals and tourists looking for new travel opportunities from destinations and travel service companies from across the globe.
Organized for the 25th time this year, EMITT, held at the Istanbul TÜYAP Congress and Fair Center in Istanbul, attracted participants from many countries as well as from provinces and districts in Turkey.
The promotional stand for Fethiye attracted a huge amount of interest and highlighted Fethiye as one of the important places for tourism in Turkiye and was awarded the stand that best reflects the atmosphere of the region in the destinations category.
Areas from Ölüdeniz to Babadağ, Çalış and Göcek, were promoted on the Fethiye stand by Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, representatives from Fethiye, and tourism professionals.
Visitors to the stand watched a short film in which the beauties of Fethiye were introduced on the giant screen and had the opportunity to experience paragliding with 3D virtual reality glasses. Visitors were also presented with a Lycian Walking Paths book, bookmarks and magnets with images of Fethiye’s destinations, and soap with laurel, sage and bay leaf.
Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, who said that they have completed their preparations for the tourism season, said, “Due to the pandemic, tourism workers both abroad and in the country were badly affected. We expect both domestic and international visitors in the coming season.”
Mayor Karaca went on to say that all infrastructure works in Fethiye will be completed as of 30 May. “We will continue to work non-stop as we have to complete the work before the season. We are expecting a serious number of tourists this summer with numbers increasing from 600 thousand to 1 million 700 thousand, in line with the data we have received from the tourism sector. We will really break a record this summer.”
Evaluating the fair, FTSO Chairman of the Board Osman Çıralı stated that the fair was very productive for Fethiye and gave signs that 2022 will be active in terms of regional tourism saying,
“It is very important for us to be at EMITT, one of the largest fairs in the world, and to promote our Fethiye. Our stand, which is the center of attention, brought together Fethiye lovers. Our agencies and hotels held one-on-one interviews, and we reached out to the participants with our brochures. EMITT is a very important fair that unites all provinces and districts of Turkiye. We introduced Muğla and our region in the best way possible.”
Increasing prices and energy cost hikes were a priority topic of discussion at the fair, with representatives of the tourism sector discussing the uncertainty of costs making it very difficult to give prices, even though they are hopeful for the new season.
Sources: Gerçek Fethiye/dailymotion/Cumhuriyet
Tourism revenue target of $35 billion within reach, says Culture and Tourism Minister
Initial indicators, such as early reservations, suggest that Turkiye’s target set for 2022 of generating $35 billion in tourism revenues is attainable, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has said.
Data in the first 40 days of this year, particularly for Istanbul and Antalya, show arrivals are close to their 2019 levels when the country’s tourism revenues reached an all-time-high, Ersoy said in a speech he delivered at the 25th East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT).
“Early reservations increased compared with last year. All those indicate our target of generating $35 billion in revenues is well within reach,” the minister said.
This year campaigns will be launched, to be coordinated by the TGA, particularly targeting holidaymakers in Central Europe, the Baltics and Gulf countries as well as the U.S., Ersoy said.
Promotional videos will be aired on TV channels in 21 nations, advertisements will be published and launched in print press in 15 countries and on digital platforms in 86 countries, respectively, according Ersoy.
“We are also developing stronger ties and increasing cooperation with the leading tour operators abroad to fully exploit Turkey’s potential and lure even more foreign tourists to the country,” the minister said.
Source: Hürriyet Daily News
Former forest management official in Turkiye plants 30M saplings in 25 years
A former forest management chief in northern Turkiye planted 30 million saplings with the help of local residents, during his duty in 25 years.
Hikmet Kaya, who began his career in the Boyabat district of the Sinop province in 1978 under the Forest Management Department, spent most of his time for 25 years working on afforestation in the steppe lands of the district.
Kaya said he feels very happy to turn these areas into forests through his hard work.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Kaya said he devoted himself to planting saplings during his career as the forest management chief.
“The transformation of those lands into forests has been my biggest source of pride,” he noted, stressing fruitful cooperation with villagers.
Defining forests as the “future of the country,” Kaya called on everyone to protect the forests across Turkiye.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Morgan Freeman starring in new Turkish Airlines ad campaign
From playing such celebrated roles as Nelson Mandela, the US president, and Batman’s gadget guru, US actor Morgan Freeman is stepping up again to be the public face of Turkish Airlines, the flag carrier of Turkiye.
The Oscar-winning actor is lending his sonorous voice and trusted presence to Turkish Airlines’ latest ad campaign, focusing on the theme of the prehistoric supercontinent of Pangea, the company announced on Friday.
“On the heels of a successful year of increased demand and recovery for the airline industry, Turkish Airlines is launching a new global advertising campaign,” the company said in a statement.
“Centered around the concept of Pangea – which millions of years ago was a single and connected supercontinent – the campaign stars Morgan Freeman narrating a captivating, inspiring message about reunification and the reconnection of people and their worlds,” it added.
According to the statement, the commercial is set to debut online on Feb. 10 and will air during the Feb. 13 American Super Bowl, a high-profile spot traditionally used for maximum impact and exposure.
Watch the Turkish Airlines’ new commercial below.
Source: Anadolu Agency
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor has signed a contract with midfielder Umut Kaya, who plays for Çorum FK, one of the 2nd League teams.
In a press statement after the Mardin away game, Fethiyespor Coach Selahattin Dinçel announced that, due to problems with the Fethiye stadium pitch, a decision had been made to play homes games in Muğla or Antalya until the ground improves.
As a result of this decision, Sunday’s home match against Ofspor will now be played at Antalya Akdeniz University Stadium on Monday 14th February. The kick-off is at 13:00.
In the meantime, the team are busy training in readiness for Monday’s match.
With 22 matches played, Fethiyespor remains second in the league. Please remember that Fethiyespor has only played 21 matches.
Sunday 19th February away against Karabükspor. The kick-off is at 13:00.
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A fantastic start for Fethiye Falcons who won their first match against Izmir Zaferi on Saturday. The team were superior from start to finish and won the match 54-0.
Thank you to Yavuz Topateş for these photos and video.
Fethiye Falcons is the first Rugby team in Fethiye with both Turkish and resident foreigner players. The fantastic start also included around 500 Rugby lovers who went to the match.
Source: Fethiye Haber
Saturday 26th February at home against Antalya Warriors The kick-off is at 15:00
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 18.34 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.36 TL.
The US Dollar bought 13.52 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.56 TL.
The Euro bought 15.34 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.53 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Fethiye at the Eastern Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Fair” by Fethiye Belediyesi