Turkey: The nautical tourism and the benefits in the shopping

The rental of boats and yachts by tourists has increased by 20% in Turkey, according to industry sources in the Hurryet Daily Times.

Photo by Meriç Dağlı
Photo: Meriç Dağlı

Gül Gözütok, director of Bodex Travel Yachting Agency, said that “there is a 20% increase in the number of foreign tourists” who have rented a boat over the previous year. The fastest growing customers have been the British, Russians, Kuwaitis, Bahrainis, Moroccans and Tunisians. However, there has also been a decline among tourists from Saudi Arabia.

Gözütok adds that customers are tourists with a higher level of expenditure than those staying in hotels and explains that the daily cost of renting a yacht ranges from 4,000 to 20,000 euros. In addition, their spending on meals and shopping is high: “When they come, these tourists, in addition to staying in luxury hotels, like to go shopping with a high level of spending. They fly with Turkish Airlines and eat in luxurious restaurants.

Begüm Doğulu, president of the Yacht Tourism Association, has explained that the sector had a couple of very difficult years but is recovering. He explains that yacht charters sank in 2015 with a use of only 40% of capacity, while it is currently working at 60% of capacity.

Gündüz Nalbantoğlu, president of the nautical tourism department of the Turkish Association of Travel Agencies (TURSAB) celebrates the recovery of the sector, but insists that anchorages in the bays must be controlled in order to ensure the “sustainability” of the destination in the long term.