Welcome to our pick of last week’s news from Fethiye and around Türkiye.
Curated from various news sources.
Fethiye adds first electric garbage truck to fleet
Fethiye Municipality has added its first fully-electric garbage truck to the garbage collection fleet.
The zero-emissions truck will collect garbage in Fethiye as the Municipality continues to act with environmental awareness, providing a more sustainable garbage collection service.
In a statement, Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca said, “We once again demonstrate our determination to make our city a cleaner and healthier place. I would like to thank Ford Otosan their contribution to our Municipality.”
Source: Fethiye Belediye
Number of flights from Babadağ exceeds target
The 200 thousand flight target set for this year from Babadağ was exceeded with 224 thousand flights as of the end of October.
Babadağ Teleferik General Manager Cengiz Koçak told AA that 224 thousand paragliding flights were reached as of the end of October. Koçak said, “With 2 months left of the year, we have surpassed last year’s record of 198 thousand flights. Is predicted that there will be 240 thousand paragliding flights by the end of the year. With the work to expand the capacity of paragliding landing areas, the flight capacity could increase to 300 thousand in the coming years.”
Turmepa collects 5 million litres of liquid waste
The DenizTemiz Association/TURMEPA waste collection fleet continues to provide mobile waste collection services to yachts and tourist boats along the Muğla coastline.
The fleet, whic has a total of 10 waste collection boats: 4 in Göcek, 2 in Bodrum, and one boat each in Çeşme, Hisarönü, Selimiye and Adrasan, collected 5 million litres of black and gray water from 10 thousand boats throughout the season, preventing it from entering the sea.
The amount of liquid waste collected by TURMEPA in 29 years reached 52 million litres.
It was announced that TURMEPA boats, which were put ashore for wintering and maintenance and repair works at the end of the season, will continue to serve next season.
Winter tourism spots embrace first snowfall of season
The season’s inaugural snowfall has fallen in Uludağ and Kartalkaya, Türkiye’s prominent winter tourism destinations, with sector representatives reporting the start of an influx of initial visitors to the ski resorts.
In Uludağ in the northwestern province of Bursa, rain on Nov. 16 transitioned into snowfall during the early morning hours, as the temperature plummeted to 1 degree Celsius. While precipitation persisted in the form of mixed rain and snow, meteorological authorities indicated that the season’s first substantial snowfall is anticipated on Nov. 19. They also forecasted that the temperature will drop to as low as minus 5 degrees.
With the advent of the first snowfall in Uludağ, the tourism season has also kicked off, seizing the opportunity presented by the school’s nine-day mid-term break, prompting holidaymakers to flock to the region.
In another center, the northern province of Bolu, with the drop in temperature, rain in the high-altitude areas of the city gave way to snowfall. At Kartalkaya ski resort, located at an altitude of 2,200 meters on the summit of Köroğlu Mountains, the temperature dropped below zero. The rain here turned into snow, and the temperature was measured at minus 3 degrees. Ski slopes and green areas were covered with snow.
In Uludağ, the start of the ski season is expected in mid-December depending on snowfall.
In 2022, ski resorts used artificial snow to keep the tracks open due to temperatures above the seasonal norms and a lack of snowfall.
Türkiye aims to welcome over 70 million tourists in 2028
Türkiye aims to see more than 70 million tourist arrivals by the year 2028, the nation’s Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz has said.
Speaking at the 6th TravelExpo Ankara International Tourism and Travel Fair in the Turkish capital on Tuesday, Yilmaz said the government has targeted annual tourism revenues of $100 billion by the 2030s.
“Tourism will contribute significantly to achieving our goal of bringing our current account deficit close to zero, which is included in our 12th Development Plan – spanning the years 2024-2028 – recently passed by parliament,” Yilmaz said.
According to the latest data from the Turkish Statistical Institute, Türkiye’s tourism income surged 20.1% year-on-year this January-September to $42 million.
The country welcomed 44.6 million visitors in the first nine months of this year, up 13.2% from last year, he added.
In the third quarter of this year, tourism income increased 13.1% from the prior year to $20.2 billion. Some 16.5%, of tourism income was generated by visits of Turkish nationals residing abroad, according to TurkStat data.
Tour of Türkiye to kick off in April next year
The Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye – included in the ProSeries category of the International Cycling Union (UCI) 2024 calendar – will be organized for the 59th time on April 21-28 next year, according to a statement released by the Turkish Cycling Federation.
Organized by the Turkish Cycling Federation under the auspices of the presidency and with the support of the Youth and Sports Ministry, the Presidential Cycling Tour of Türkiye took place on Oct. 8-15 this year due to the deadly Feb. 6 quakes.
The successfully organized tour was upgraded to ProSeries status as a result of the comprehensive report prepared by the UCI and took its place in the calendar on Apr. 21-28, its original date.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Amed S.F.K. on Sunday. The final score was 1-1.
Fethiyespor drop to 9th place on the league table with 14 matches played.
Sunday 26th November at home against Karaman FK. The kick-off time is at 14:00.
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 35.72 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 34.90 TL.
The US Dollar bought 28.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 28.55 TL.
The Euro bought 31.31 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 30.60 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth