Residents of the Aegean vacation town of Bodrum urged the municipality to transform the house of famous author "Fisherman of Halicarnassus" into a museum, instead of its current use as a meatball restaurant. One of Bodrum's best-known residents, author Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı was best known for his travel chronicles about boat trips along the Aegean riviera.
‘Severity of COVID-19 veiled from public in Turkey’s top vacation hub, 400 diagnoses observed daily’
The severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey's top vacation destination Antalya is being hidden from the public, and there are as many as 400 new diagnoses daily, Antalya Medical Chamber Chairwoman Prof. Nursel Şahin said. Turkey's main vacation destination for domestic and foreign tourists alike, Antalya has welcomed over 950,000 visitors in the past two months.
A top official from Turkey's Health Ministry warned against the misconception in society that coronavirus isn't contracted on the beach or in water. "You should also watch your distance in water," said Mustafa Necmi İlhan.
Turkey's Mediterranean vacation destination Antalya has started preparations for the arrival of tourists, expected around the end of May. The municipality has distanced lounge chairs and umbrellas from each other, and banned squatting in an attempt to ensure safe distances between visitors.
Western Turkey's top vacation destination Bodrum will be welcoming visitors again, the mayor said, after two months of discouraging visitors from coming to the coastal town. Mayor Ahmet Aras noted that at the moment Bodrum hospitals are at low occupancy, and that critical care units in the area are nearly empty.