Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Infrastructure work continues in Fethiye
Infrastructure work being carried out by Fethiye Municipality, MUSKI, AYDEM and telecommunication companies continue on 137th street, İnönü boulevard and various main arteries of Fethiye. Work is expected to be completed by May 30.
Turkiye’s Aegean, Mediterranean regions set to get warmer amid climate change
The impact of climate change can be felt in Turkiye, especially after recent unusual weather incidents. Experts say more is in store for the country in terms of rising temperatures. The country’s usually warm Aegean and Mediterranean regions, in particular, will experience a further increase in temperatures during the summer.
Professor Doğanay Tolunay, a climate change expert from Istanbul University, said the two regions – stretching from Çanakkale in the north and the country’s third-largest city Izmir in the west to Antalya and Muğla in the “Turkish Riviera” and Adana – will be hotter in the summers due to fallout from climate change.
He also warned that other regions would further feel the impact based on their usual climate features. The Black Sea region, for instance, which has already endured a large number of floods and excessive rainfall, will likely see more heavy precipitation, Tolunay said.
He told Anadolu Agency (AA) on Wednesday that extreme weather leads to “extreme” incidents, especially in the summer. “Extreme weather triggers floods, heavy rainfall, hailstorms, drought and forest fires. Such incidents are increasing throughout the world and Turkiye gets its share as well. We saw the largest forest fires last year.”
In August, Turkiye broke temperature records. It was 49 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit) in Cizre (a southeastern town) and exceeded 45 degrees Celsius in Antalya and Muğla. “Climate change can further increase temperatures by up to 6 degrees Celsius in the future. It can be even higher in the southeast, up to 7 degrees Celsius,” he said.
Tourism in Turkiye hopeful over recovery to pre-pandemic levels
This year’s season is set to take Turkiye’s tourism industry back to pre-pandemic levels, according to industry officials, with high hopes that come amid risks such as an escalation in tensions between Ukraine and Russia, which are among its most important tourist markets.
Hotel and tourism officials also warned of soaring costs and sharp increases in utilities, food and wage costs, which could limit profits and broader benefits for an economy that is facing inflation that soared to a 20-year high in January.
Europeans especially are already booking trips, good news for President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government, which has adopted a new economic policy relying heavily on foreign income to curb the current account deficit.
They’re almost in line with 2019,” Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) vice chair Bülent Bülbüloğlu said, “The numbers of early bookings are strong, especially from Britain. Turkey has become a destination where visitors can have the most affordable holidays with their own currencies. It is now a paradise for foreigners.”
A further escalation of the Russia-Ukraine crisis may pose some risk for the season, Bülbüloğlu told Reuters.
Hotel Association of Turkiye (TÜROB) Head Muberra Eresin said sharp cost increases were eroding industry margins, with costs rising 60%-65% in just one month.
“We have already signed contracts with operators and set our prices. It’s not possible to reflect all these additional costs on our prices now,” she said.
Turkish city ‘prints’ reefs for fish in a first
In a first for Türkiye, twelve artificial reefs were submerged off the coast of Mersin on Friday.
The artificial reefs are printed by 3-D printers and will help with the preservation of the ecosystem.
Workers lowered the reefs to a depth of 11 meters (36 feet), some 3 kilometres off the coast of the Mezitli district, before divers properly placed them on the seabed where they will soon be covered in moss and become home to small and then bigger fish.
Artificial reefs are mostly made out of unused, abandoned vehicles, from cars to vessels and planes.
Mersin Mayor Vahap Seçer told Ihlas News Agency (IHA) that reefs were produced by a company owned by Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and the project was a joint effort of their municipality, a marine institute, the Coast Guard and the local directorate of agriculture and forestry.
The plan is to install some 500 more reefs along the coast of Mersin.
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor lost their home match against Ofspor on Monday. The match was played at Antalya Akdeniz University Stadium due to problems with the pitch at the Fethiye Stadium. The final score was 2-3.
Fethiyespor won their away match against Karabükspor on Saturday. The final score was 0-3.
With 23 matches played, Fethiyespor remains in second place on the league table.
Sunday 27th February at home against Orduspor 1967. The kick-off is at 13:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 18.55 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.34 TL.
The US Dollar bought 13.65 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 13.52 TL.
The Euro bought 15.45 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.34 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Çalış Beach ın February” by Lyn Ward