Holidaymakers in Turkish delight

Latest sales figures from leading online travel agent On the Beach suggest Turkey is enjoying a bumper August as thousands of British holidaymakers sweep into the country.

As the British weather continues to disappoint, beach destinations across the country are seeing thousands of Brits touchdown into the countries major airports. On the Beach reports a massive increase in bookings compared to August 2008 with Dalaman and Bodrum up 31% and 27% respectively.
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Turkey number 1 summer holiday hotspot

Online travel agency Holidays-Direct release details of their latest trend in summer holiday sales over the previous six months, with Turkey being confirmed as the most popular summer holiday destination for 2009.

Holidays to Turkey are overtaking holidays to Spain in the latest statistics for the ‘number one’ destination for UK travellers.

Customer service representatives have received many requests for Turkey holidays to resorts such as; Antalya, Bodrum and Marmaris. With Turkey surrounded by Aegean and Black Seas and enjoying vast amounts of coastline appealing to families, couples and beach lovers alike, many UK holidaymakers are heading to more exotic non-euro resorts where there is greater value for money.
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Muğla dolls take it to global stage

A prominent artist in the resort town of Marmaris produces hand-made dolls that have gained worldwide renown. The dolls, each of which are produced individually and carry a unique ID card, attract great interest from overseas, especially Russia, the United States and the UK.

Muğla dolls take it to global stage Hand-made porcelain dolls produced by an artist in the popular resort town of Marmaris, featuring characteristics of the local traditional dress, have made their way onto shortlists of collectors from around the world.

The dolls are adorned with shoes, socks and duplicate jewels, making them a collector’s favorite. Şiir Dürüst, the producer of the dolls, now gets orders on the Internet. “More than 160 dolls, each one uniquely produced, are now in 140 different collections in various countries,” Dürüst said.

Dürüst started making hand-made dolls three years ago with the support of Temel Koçaklar, the Muğla governor at the time. “Doll collecting is the third most popular collection in the world after coin collections and stamp collections,” Dürüst said. “Sunay Akın, Turkey’s top doll collector, has also included Muğla dolls in his collection.”

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