Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
Fourth “Accessible Strokes” event in Ölüdeniz
25 disabled athletes participated in the fourth “Accessible Strokes” event which is aimed at reintegrating young people with disabilities into society.
The event took place in Ölüdeniz on Saturday and was attended by Fethiye District Governor Alper Balcı, Mayor Alim Karaca and Saran Holding Chairman Sadettin Saran who also swam with the disabled athletes.
During the event, Mayor Karaca said that they carry out activities that will facilitate the life of those living with disabilities in Fethiye.
Atatürk Caddesi temporarily closed due to infrastructure work
Infrastructure work by MUSKİ, Aydem and telecommunication companies continues on Atatürk Caddesi in Fethiye. Due to the works carried out, the road is temporarily closed to traffic.
The ongoing works in Fethiye are planned to be completed by May 30th.
Source: Fethiye Haber Bülteni
Fethiye Municipality Mayor Candidate Salih Eroğlu holds introductory meeting
Fethiye Municipality Mayor Candidate Salih Eroğlu held a project introduction meeting at Özer Olgun Cultural Center on Sunday.
Master Architect Salih Eroğlu, who has recently returned to Fethiye from America, talked about his 45 planned projects for Fethiye after which he held a question and answer session.
In the weeks since his return, Eroğlu has been out and about talking to the people of Fethiye to understand the local issues. The next election is due to take place in 2024.
Source: Fethiye Times
Bodrum predicts 1.5M tourists this year
In what would mark a rebound that would exceed even pre-COVID-19 levels, the renowned Turkish resort town of Bodrum hopes to attract around 1.5 million foreign tourists this year, its mayor said.
Located on the Aegean coast of Muğla province, the city hosted 1.3 million foreigners, before arrivals more than halved to just 530,000 in 2020 in the middle of the outbreak.
Noting the pandemic-induced losses in tourism over the past two years, Mayor Ahmet Aras said Bodrum’s population had almost tripled during this time, with summer cottagers spending the entire year there.
Bodrum, like the rest of the world, suffered from a severe loss of foreign tourists, Aras told Anadolu Agency (AA), adding that life had started to return to normal in many places as restrictions continue to be lifted.
He said that all tourism destinations have started recovering and that Bodrum made a good start to 2022.
Cruise ships that have been absent from the town for two years, will reach 150 in 2022, he said, noting that these ships are expected to bring 206,000 foreign tourists to Bodrum.
Ferry services from the Greek islands have started and direct flights are in increasing demand, he said.
“In other words, the number of tourists coming by sea and air will exceed that of 2019. We’re going to host more than 1.5 million foreign tourists this year.”
While many tourism hotspots are working to reach their 2019 figures in 2023, Bodrum will exceed these figures this year, he underlined, becoming the leading tourist destination in the Mediterranean.
Half of the foreign tourists that the town received last year were from Russia and Ukraine, he said, though their numbers may drop this year due to the war.
“However, we see a remarkable increase in interest when we look at other countries and markets, especially from the U.K., Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland, and the Gulf countries,” he added.
Aras emphasized that Bodrum’s airport gets direct flights from 86 points across 35 countries, with 49 different airlines bringing in passengers.
By the end of this summer, new direct flights from Albania, Kuwait, Qatar, Dubai, and Russia will start, he noted.
To diversify the town’s tourism sector, work continues in different fields, including natural, gastronomy, winter, and sports tourism added the mayor.
Source: Daily Sabah
Beehives vandalised killing four million bees in northwest Turkey
An investigation is underway after some 4 million bees were killed and their hives were vandalised in the northwestern province of Tekirdağ. Scientists had reported the incident to security forces on Thursday after they found out the beehives scattered across a large area.
Gendarmerie forces examined the scene and tested for fingerprints inside the 10-acre enclosure run by Namık Kemal University in a rural area of Şarköy district. Bees were part of a joint project by the university and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry seeking to improve honey quality and the quality of apitherapy products derived from the bees.
Professor Mustafa Necati Muz, a coordinator of the project carried out since 2015, told reporters on Thursday that the incident was a blow to their work seeking to cut off the country’s dependence on imports for quality apitherapy products. “We had bees donated by farmers in Tekirdağ, Kırklareli and Edirne here, picked among the best of their species. We were working on extracting apitherapy substances which would be organic and produced without chemical or pesticide use. The project was also part of a program to develop medicine for bees against viruses affecting bees. We had developed pure bee breeds, genetically superior to others and producing a higher amount of honey,” he said.
Professor Özen Banu Özdaş from Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Veterinary Sciences said, “a strategic project was destroyed.” and that some people “in Turkey or abroad were apparently disturbed by the project which would produce bees resistant to diseases and producing high-quality honey.This might be the work of a professional crew.”
Source: Daily Sabah
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor drew their match against Ofspor in the first leg of the play-offs on Thursday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor will play the second leg of the semi-final in the playoffs at home against Ofspor on Tuesday, May 17 at 20:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 18.98 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 18.44 TL.
The US Dollar bought 15.48 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 14.95 TL.
The Euro bought 16.11 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 15.76 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image: “Afternoon draws to a close – Göcek” by Lyn Ward