Turkey is currently experiencing a fresh phase of economic growth, bolstered by its strong manufacturing sector and impressive production capabilities. This progress is notably reflected in the realm of tourism.
As Turkey strives to establish itself among the top five global players in the tourism economy, the year 2023 has seen a notable surge of 60 million tourists, resulting in a substantial tourism revenue of 55 billion dollars.
Redefining global manufacturing standards
Significantly, Turkey is also redefining global standards in yacht tourism and manufacturing, setting new benchmarks in the process. The allure of Turkey's luxury ports, such as Antalya, Bodrum, Gocek, Fethiye, and Marmaris, attracts yachts and solidifys the country's prominence in this industry. Turkey's yacht production and service sector has achieved an impressive export capacity of 1.5 billion dollars.
Aydin's Didim port and its yacht maintenance centre have emerged as pivotal hubs, catering to the construction, maintenance, and services for large-tonnage yachts. Particularly, Didim port has become a focal point for maintaining yachts from Western Europe. Setting itself apart from comparable ports in Greece with Turkey standing out due to its exceptional service quality.
Exporting yachts and advantage over Europe
In 2023, Turkey accomplished an impressive feat by exporting luxury yachts worth more than 550 million dollars. With expectations of hosting nearly a thousand cruise ships and welcoming around one million tourists this year, Turkey is gearing up to further enhance its focus on the yachting sector.
Turkey's advantage in European markets rests on its cost-effective labour and exceptional manufacturing quality. This market maintains a remarkable average annual growth rate of about 20 percent.
International marinas in Turkey
Marmaris, known for its exceptional natural beauty, proudly houses Turkey's largest marina. Serving as a historic crossroads for various civilisations over time, Marmaris preserves the remnants of ancient cities. The marina's influx of tourists offers easy access to expeditions to these ancient sites through short-distance trips.
Bodrum, captivating visitors with its distinctive landscapes, beaches, and charming streets, stands as a quintessential port city. Boasting two marinas, the city prominently aligns with global standards among Turkey's ports.
Marinas in Turkey adhering to international maritime tourism standards can be found in Istanbul's Atakoy and Kalamis areas. Sailing tours benefit from refreshing breezes, particularly evident in the Central and Southern Aegean regions during the summer period.
A Voyage of Discovery
Yacht charters in Turkey offer an extraordinary opportunity for those seeking to explore its diverse coastline and immerse themselves in its rich cultural heritage. From cruising the turquoise waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas to discovering ancient ruins and vibrant coastal towns, Turkey provides an enchanting backdrop for an unforgettable yachting adventure.
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