EcoTourism Belek Turkey

EcoTourism Belek Turkey


1999 was not a great year for turkey to put it mildly but fortunately the devastating earthquake in the north of the country left the fascinating city of Istanbul virtually untouched treasures like the blue mosque and the Topkapi Palace came through without a scratch and the same goes for the main resorts in the south of the country of panels and kilometres from Istanbul this part of Turkey has a rich past ruins of pergi attract many visitors there more than 2,000 years old and the history is fascinating following the Trojan War the Greeks moved in and colonized this area the Romans built this fort around and Talia and it’s a great place to just wander around is the old castle battlements I love you it’s just lovely okay all this and the glorious weather attempting more and more of us to visit on first impressions this is just another concrete jungle but bellick is doing all it can to protect the countryside that surrounds it and has been described by environmentalists has a blueprint for the family resort of tomorrow but why it has 25 hotels 30 swimming pools 115 tennis courts and basically 16 kilometres of development now that doesn’t immediately sound like an environmental success story to me but there’s no denying it certainly has the potential for a pretty good family holiday Ben echoes only just begun to creep into the British holiday brochures the feedback has been pretty good so far one of the main reasons for the positive response is the hotels all of them are four star in the bath and most have been built since 1995 until and available so most have spacious grounds and there’s lots to keep you busy the belek 2000 project was set up to combine the demands of tourists with the need to protect the area’s natural beauty Aisha Seb gore explains well we have two water treatment plants within the area where all the hotels and the holiday villages are connected to and the water that comes out those treatment plants are used for the irrigation of the golf courses I mean a single drop is unused there are four 18-hole courses here and another six are in the pipeline the resort is also a haven for wildlife you’ll find more than a hundred different kinds of birds here Lake kaja goals the focus for bird-watching and it’s a wonderful way to while away an early morning or late afternoon the project organizes tours on specified routes allowing most of them and to remain unspoiled biologists in the area help visitors to appreciate the wildlife red kite guess what weeds or a nightingale the rare Coretta turtle is also a focus for the scheme throughout the summer they come ashore to lay their eggs the project works with the University in the Wildlife Protection Society to safeguard the turtles future ballocks hotels are set between the sea and a 25-kilometer forest a very real issue for this region is forest fires especially in summer when temperatures can top 50 degrees centigrade fire hydrants are being installed to tackle this now how many of those would you have in the phone at the moment we have 18 ready which in the end will go up to 24 there’s even a dedicated fire engine which is based near the forest and can respond quickly to emergencies well with me is Darren peek from british airways and i believe you’ve got something for I share okay yes I have aysha on behalf of british airways i would like to present you with this award for your work here on the bellick project Thanks congratulations thank you hold on so the old wild and the new all working together to hold on to the best of the past with a felon eye on the future is refreshing isn’t it to find a modern resort of this sort of size and over 2 million visitors a year after all which also manages to make a real attempt to protect its environment you

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