Development potential of the Eastern Med sets agenda for this year’s event

The 5th Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum took place in Athens, Greece last week (May 28-29) to showcase the development potential of the East Med – one of the most attractive and profitable cruising and yachting regions.

Coinciding with the continued increase in demand for yacht charters (bareboats and crewed), the forum served as a platform to relaunch the region’s efforts to gain lost ground.

The strong participation of major industry players and the active involvement of governmental and non-governmental authorities made it a fruitful event for all stakeholders. In that sense, the forum provided a platform for national and regional government representatives to outline planned policies regarding ports, marinas and infrastructure, and to discuss with the industry future needs for the region’s Sea Tourism development.

The new law regarding pleasure yachts and other major issues were also discussed by industry specialists and the audience.

On Day One, the focus was on the Mediterranean as a cruising market and sustainable tourism, as well as emerging new destinations in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Day Two opened with a welcome by the Minister of Tourism, Thanasis Theocharopoulos. The second day was devoted to yachting particulars, with many parallel workshops, such as the 365-Day Approach to Cruising, and the expected yachting and marinas challenges.