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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 12th May 2024

Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.

Curated from various news sources.


Akmaz Public Beach opens for the summer season

During these challenging economic times, Fethiye’s public beaches are ready to welcome visitors for the season. The opening of Akmaz Public Beach took place on Friday (10 May) with its refreshed concept and budget-friendly prices.

Source: Fethiye Belediyesi

Turkish Open Water Swimming Summer Championship starts in Muğla

The Turkish Open Water Swimming Summer Championship kicked off in the picturesque Marmaris district of Muğla. 

Hosted on the shores of İçmeler District, the event features prestigious competitions including the World Junior, European Junior, COMEN CUP, and European Aquatics OWS Cup Leg-3 National Team Selection Races. 

With 45 clubs and 139 athletes representing 20 cities, the championship is a testament to the collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Turkish Swimming Federation, and Marmaris District Governorship. 

Leading figures such as Marmaris District Governor Nurullah Kaya, Marmaris Youth and Sports Director Cem Tuncel, and Turkish Swimming Federation Technical Board Member Sabri Bozca inaugurated the championship, which showcases top athletes who have excelled on the global stage. 

Over the course of two days, competitors will navigate 5 thousand, 7 thousand 500, and 10 thousand meter tracks across various categories, promising thrilling races and memorable moments.

Source: https://www.muglagazetesi.com.tr/turkiye-acik-su-yuzme-yaz-sampiyonasi-muglada-basladi-160840h.htm

Edinburgh and Glasgow poised to gain new budget Türkiye flights

Scotland’s two main airports are poised to gain new budget flight options to Türkiye over the coming year.

Pegasus Airlines will launch Edinburgh-Istanbul flights this summer. It will operate the route twice a week on Thursdays and Sundays to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport.

One-way fares lead in from £49.99pp and are available to book now, with flights getting under way form 27 June. Services will depart Edinburgh at 3.30pm and will be operated by Airbus A320 and A321neo aircraft.

Pegasus’s network extends to 137 destinations; 35 in Turkey and 102 international.

SunExpress, meanwhile, will land at Glasgow airport next summer, flying four times a week to Antalya and twice a week to Dalaman from April 2025.

The airline, a Lufthansa-Turkish Airlines joint venture, is a new arrival at Glasgow and will put on around an extra 1,200 seats a week.

Source: tggmedia.com

Massive 13-kilogram mushroom discovered in Elazığ

For years, large mushrooms have been common, but recently, the discovery of a colossal mushroom weighing 13 kilograms (28.66 pounds) in Türkiye’s eastern Anatolian province of Elazığ, has astounded onlookers.

Residents of Karagedik village in the Baskil district noticed a rock-like object in the field. Upon inspection, they discovered it was a large mushroom. Villagers, who reported it was non-toxic and edible, were astonished when they weighed the giant mushroom and found it to be 13 kilograms.

In 2022, A massive red mushroom weighing 2 kilograms with a width of 52 centimeters (20 inches) was discovered by a resident in Gümüşhane, northwestern Türkiye.

Mushroom stems, utilized in soups, sauces and pharmaceuticals, boast 42% high-quality protein, essential minerals and low calories, making them an ideal component for a healthy diet.

Source: Daily Sabah

German tourists lead Antalya’s tourism surge

Antalya, a popular tourist hub, has witnessed a remarkable 20 percent surge in the influx of German visitors, surpassing the previously dominant Russian tourists in overall arrivals.

The upcoming German holiday of Pfingsten has added vibrancy to the city’s tourism market, which had already begun with a boost from the consecutive holidays of Nowruz, Easter and Eid al-Fitr this year.

While tourism authorities announced a 20 percent spike in the German market, the city boasted an unprecedented number of foreign tourists surpassing 2 million.

Kaan Kavaloğlu, representing a hoteliers association, foresees continued momentum through the upcoming festivities.

Kavaloğlu’s observations highlight that German arrivals have now taken the lead, surpassing Russian tourists, who previously constituted the majority of foreign arrivals.

Culture and Tourism Ministry data affirmed the lead with over 500,000 arrivals from Germany, while Russia and England followed closely.

Bolstered by resurgent interest from British, Polish and Iranian tourists, the industry remained on an upward trajectory, with a projected 17 million visitors throughout the season, Kavaloğlu said, highlighting that key markets witnessed double-digit growth.

He also said that the nine-day-long Eid al-Fitr played an important role in terms of boosting domestic tourism.

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/german-tourists-lead-antalyas-tourism-surge-193363

Turkish Airlines unveils new TV commercial starring Jose Mourinho

Türkiye’s flag carrier Turkish Airlines, the official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League, has released a new TV commercial shot with the world-famous Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho.

“This partnership underscores the shared passion for excellence and victory between these two global giants in their respective fields,” the airline said in a statement on Thursday. 

In the ad, Mourinho experiences Turkish Airlines’ in-flight services and emerges victorious in a challenging chess match, enjoys gourmet dishes from the Business Class menu, watches live UEFA Champions League matches, and relishes a comfortable journey with noise-canceling headphones.

“One of the world’s best airlines”

Turkish Airlines Chairman Ahmet Bolat said: “Our collaboration with Jose Mourinho reinforces our brand’s global strength and commitment to sports while highlighting our shared pursuit of excellence.”

Football manager Jose Mourinho said: “Turkish Airlines is for sure one of the world’s best airlines, confirmed by the numerous awards it receives each year. It is an honor to work with them. This partnership combines my passion for winning with their outstanding service quality.”

Through its presence in the UEFA Champions League 2024 London Final, Turkish Airlines continues to project Türkiye’s cultural and sporting values onto the global stage, reinforcing its position as a leading global brand.

Source: https://www.trtworld.com/turkiye/turkish-airlines-unveils-new-tv-commercial-starring-jose-mourinho-18093571



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Fethiyespor ended the season at 10th position on the league table.

In an interview with Fethiye TV, Fethiyespor Coach Selahaddin Dinçel evaluated the season and stated that they started preparations for the next season. He also confirmed that he’ll be here next season.

The end of the 2023-2024 Fethiyespor Football Academy season was commemorated with a dinner event hosted at Tamarind Restaurant. Club President Esat Bakırcı, Professional Team Coach Selahattin Dinçel, Academy Director Enver Ataçocuğu, along with the Fethiyespor Academy Technical Team and colleagues, attended the occasion. Gratitude was extended to Tamarind Restaurant Owner and Club Manager Selahattin Aydemir for their warm hospitality.

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 40.52 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 40.59 TL.

The US Dollar bought 32.36 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 32.34 TL.

The Euro bought 34.88 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 34.83 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

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Source: Living Earth

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