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Fethiye Times News – Week Ending 26th November 2023

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

Curated from various news sources.


Extreme weather in Muğla

Muğla was affected by tornadoes, hail and showers on Saturday after a storm and shower warning was issued by General Directorate of Meteorology.

A tornado in Dalaman ripped off roofs, felled trees and damaged workplaces and houses. No casualties or injuries were reported.

In the rural districts of Menteşe, hail the size of hazelnuts covered the area in a white blanket.

Drivers in front of the shopping center in Menteşe and on the Karabağlar Plateau road struggled to drive through accumulated rain water.  Many of the cars driving through the water lost their license plates.

Industrial tradesmen collected the fallen license plates from the water drains and left them on a vehicle. 

Sources: Muğla Gazetesi/Fethiye Haber Bülteni

Bad news for car owners as up to 60% tax increases announced

According to a report in Dünya Newspaper, there will be an increase of 60% in almost all taxes, including property tax, MTV, traffic fines, driving license fees, passport fees, tax payments and fuel. 

At the end of October every year, the increase in the last twelve-month average of the domestic producer price index (D-PPI) compared to the average of the previous twelve-month period gives the revaluation rate to be applied in the following year.

As part of measures taken after the Feb.6 earthquake disaster, motor vehicle tax was already collected twice this year. 

If the President does not use his discount-increase authority in the areas in which he is authorized, these tax liabilities will be increased at this rate at the beginning of 2024. 

Source: https://www.muglagazetesi.com.tr/arabasi-olana-kotu-haber-yari-yariya-zam-gelecegi-duyuruldu-152265h.htm

Türkiye marks Teachers’ Day

Türkiye on Nov. 24 celebrated National Teachers’ Day, which marks the day when the title of “Head Teacher” was given to modern Turkish Republic founder Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Many ceremonies and events were held throughout the country on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, which has been celebrated in Türkiye since 1981.

Organized under the coordination of the Education Ministry, Teachers’ Day was celebrated with various programs and events aiming to increase morale and motivation among teaching professionals.

Education Minister Yusuf Tekin and teachers representing all 81 provinces of Türkiye visited Anıtkabir, Atatürk’s mausoleum in the capital Ankara.

“Dear Atatürk, on the 95th anniversary of your acceptance as the Head Teacher of National Schools, we are in your presence with our teachers from all over the country, the guarantee of our future. As members of the most honorable profession, we work to realize the ideals of our republic by considering each of our children as a torch of our future wherever our glorious flag flies,” Tekin stated.

In the southeastern province of Osmaniye, the name of teacher Erdoğan Hınıslı, who died in the Feb. 6 earthquakes, will live on in the Şehit Tayfun Doğan Primary School where he worked. The meeting hall named after the teacher was inaugurated.

Osmaniye Governor Erdinç Yılmaz also visited the school and wished success to teachers and students while celebrating Teachers’ Day.

Source: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkiye-marks-teachers-day-188087

Turkish Airlines granted Mediterranean Tourism Award

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier, was honored with the Mediterranean Tourism Award for contributing to the region’s tourism and supporting regional collaboration.

According to a statement from the carrier on Thursday, the award was given during a forum organized for the 8th time this year by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation (MTF).

Having received the award, Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Eksi said: “We are committed to enhancing the sustainable tourism potential of our region, of which we have been an important and distinct element since history, working together with all stakeholders and investing significant effort.”

Established in 2013, the MTF aims to enhance sustainable tourism potential across the region by promoting peace, cooperation, and prosperity.

Founded in 1933, Turkish Airlines flies to 345 destinations in 129 countries with a fleet of 437 aircraft.

Source: aa.com.tr

Turkish Airlines owned low-cost Ajet to debut flights in 2024

Fully owned by national flag carrier Turkish Airlines, low-cost Ajet is set to begin flights next year, according to a statement issued on Friday.

AnadoluJet, a brand of Turkish Airlines, will begin operations under the name AJet Air Transportation Inc. at the end of March 2024, according to the statement from the national flag carrier.

AnadoluJet was established in 2008 to meet the air transportation needs of Anatolia with advantageous prices.

Turkish Airlines Chairman Ahmet Bolat said this step is taken as part of the company’s goals for the next decade.

“We fully believe that AJet, with its new name, will become an important part of the low-cost aviation industry on a global scale,” Bolat stressed.

Ajet will be based and operate from Sabiha Gokcen Airport on Istanbul’s Anatolian side and Esenboga Airport in the capital Ankara.

By simplifying the services offered and utilizing an economy class configuration, the company aims to reflect the cost advantage in ticket prices, making air transportation services accessible to everyone, read the statement.

Source: aa.com.tr

Türkiye central bank ramps up interest rates to 40%

Türkiye’s central bank delivered a larger-than-expected 500 basis point interest rate hike on Thursday, lifting its benchmark to 40% but also flagging that the pace of monetary tightening was set to slow down and the end of the cycle was in sight.

Below reaction from analysts to the decision:


“Türkiye’s central bank suggested that it is very close to the end of the tightening cycle. A final 250bp hike in December now looks likely. For the central bank to have any chance of achieving single digit inflation this decade, rates will need to stay at this level for some time.”

“The past month has brought further signs that Türkiye’s economy is rebalancing in response to the policy U-turn in May. Credit growth has slowed, retail sales have weakened and the current account deficit has narrowed. Inflation pressures have cooled too and inflation expectations have started to fall.”


“In October the annual inflation rate inched lower and external price dynamics have turned a tad more favourable. At the same time, the macroeconomic backdrop remains extremely challenging. The risk of a sharp slowdown in activity points to less aggressive continuation of the tightening cycle. We see the one-week repo peaking around 45%. We expect slower hikes ahead as we get closer to this level and the policy stance became more restrictive.”

“The markets might remain uncertain if further hikes are on the table and fear the (central bank) might opt to pause the tightening until the local elections in March. In this context, the next couple of months will put the (central bank)’s independence and determination to stick to a more orthodox stance to the test.”

Source: Reuters



Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor update.

Match Results

Fethiyespor drew their home match against Karaman FK. on Sunday. The final score was 1-1.

Fethiyespor move up to 8th place on the league table with 14 matches played.

League Matches

Sunday 2nd December away against Isparta 32 Spor. The kick-off time is at 14:00. 

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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates

The British Pound bought 36.37 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 35.72 TL.

The US Dollar bought 28.68 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 28.86 TL.

The Euro bought 31.59 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 31.31 TL.

Source: exchangerates.org.uk

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

Source: Living Earth

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