It's just not our thing. It's not like us to enter and take part in competitions because, well, we're just not competitive people. But then sometimes a competition comes along that really captures the imagination and almost forces you to take part. A competition that's fun and where we're not being asked to be competitive for ourselves but for our city.
This competition is a perfect opportunity to promote Fethiye - so we entered!
We think the beautiful city of Fethiye would make a worthy winner
So, what is this competition we speak of?
Each year, for the last four years, Anil Polat of tech travel blog, foXnoMad, has run a competition where people get to nominate their best city to travel to. We threw in our lot and bravely nominated Fethiye - and yesterday, the 2012 competition got under way. This round is the preliminary voting so that the nominated cities can be seeded and as I type, thanks to all the people who have voted and are voting, Fethiye is doing very well.
What happens next?
Well, we nominated our home city of Fethiye as the best city to travel to in 2012. During this month-long competition, it's going to be a David and Goliath battle as, round by round, Fethiye will be placed against some of the most famous and popular cities in the world (should Fethiye get through to the next round, of course). But we are undeterred!
It looks as though Fethiye is going to finish in the Top 25 of the 128 cities nominated, so it is guaranteed a place in the last 64. That's because lots of you voted for Fethiye!
Traditional gülets in Fethiye HarbourHow you can help Fethiye through future rounds...
Yes, Fethiye needs YOU. Once this round of voting is over, Fethiye will be paired against one other city and voting will begin again. Whichever of the two cities gets the most votes goes through to the next round and the city with the least votes will be eliminated. We don't want Fethiye to be eliminated!
As soon as the next round begins, we would love you to help out by voting for Fethiye. When it's time to vote, we'll do a post on the blog, we'll put a reminder on our Facebook page, we'll Tweet and Tweet again, we'll tell the people on our Google+ page and we'll be hassling as many friends as we can muster to vote for Fethiye.
Elsewhere in Turkey...
Two other Turkish cities are also featured in the competition; Istanbul and Izmir. Obviously, they will also be getting our vote in future rounds (if they're not placed against Fethiye) and, at the moment, they are also sitting pretty in the Top 25 cities. If they stay there, there will be 3 Turkish cities with guaranteed places in the last 64! Some achievement - it appears those who are passionate about Turkey are willing to make the effort to vote.
If you haven't already voted in this preliminary round and would like to join in the fun, why not hop over to the voting page right now to vote for your ten favourite cities. It's really quick and simple. Click your ten favourites (one of which will hopefully be Fethiye) and then click 'vote.' Voting closes 29th Feb at 12pm US EST (7pm in the UK. 9pm in Turkey.)
Many thanks all!