News About Manavgat River : It becomes a ‘dump river’

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News About Manavgat River : It becomes a ‘dump river’

Increasing pollution in the Manavgat River in Turkey’s southern touristic hub of Antalya has drawn reaction from tourism professionals working in the region, including the head of the city’s tourism group, who called it a “dump river.”

Recep Yavuz, the head of the Antalya City Council Tourism Working Group, pointed to refuse and construction projects on the shores of Manavgat River, where thousands of tourists take boat trips every year, as the main source of pollution in the river.

Yavuz said the river once had a turquoise color and clarity which attracted tourists with its fascinating beauty, adding there were many species of animals living on the river from kingfishers to terrapins. However, today the river has lost its former beauty due to the negligence of the people operating near its shores.

“Probably, the tour guides tell the old stories of the Manavgat River in this way, because the river’s beauty faded and what they tell is no longer there. On the boat trips, tourists see neither birds nor trees. Instead, they see hotel constructions, floating nylon bags and plastic bottles,” said Yavuz, who is also the general manager of NBK Touristic, a travel bureau.

Published date: August 24, 2019 Publisher / Owner : News About Manavgat River



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