Changing boulevard’s name stirs Marmaris

A recent Marmaris Municipal Council decision to change the name of the town’s main street has caused a reaction in the popular resort town.

Earlier this week, the council in the Aegean town changed the name of Kenan Evren Boulevard to Cumhuriyet (Republic) Boulevard on the strength of the majority votes from Republican People’s Party, or CHP, council members.

The opposition Justice and Development Party, or AKP, did not support the name change.

Kenan Evren was the leader of the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup and later became the seventh president of Turkey. He settled in Marmaris when he left office in 1989.
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Brit Tourists Increase 9.5 Percent

The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is celebrating an increased share of the tourist market. Over 24 million holiday-makers visited Turkey in the first three quarters of 2009. Overall the increase of 1.96% is a triumph when set against a belt-tightening period. More spectacular is the country having increased British tourism by an impressive 9.05 percent.

The figures are backed by holiday home rental companies with one company posting a 70 percent increase in interest. Among airlines announcing new routes to Turkey is Pegasus Airlines. The company is set to run seventeen routes between the UK and Turkey. According to Q3 Travel Money Report the Turkish lira is now the third most popular currency exchange after the euro and U.S. dollar.

BoraJet prepares for takeoff

Why do these planes, constantly flying in Europe, not come to Turkey? Why can’t small airports be linked using them for little cost? Why don’t we have regular flights between Adana and Antalya, or Istanbul and Bursa? Why do we not have flights to Istanbul or Damascus from Gazipaşa Airport?

We can ask more questions, giving examples from Nevşehir, in central Anatolia, to Siirt in the southeast.

But BoraJet is now turning a new page in Turkish aviation as the regional dimension of airline travel becomes a fact.
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