The 1st TYBA Yacht Charter Show, held between May 3-6, at the Yalıkavak Marina in Bodrum Peninsula, welcomed 47 charter yachts, the largest being the 55m Meria and 47m Carpe Diem, and 48 foreign yacht charter brokers from countries such as Greece, USA, Spain, Crotia and Israel.

It was the inaugural event organised by the Turkish Yachting & Brokers Association that was formed in April this year, and is designed to promote the Turkish yacht charter industry.

TYBA members joined the show and organised seminars introducing to foreign and local charter brokers the country's best cruising grounds as well as its charter regulations and insurance policies.

Recent yacht charter regulations applied in Greece and in Croatia are having particular impact, forcing Turkish yachting companies to remain in local waters.

Şeref Sevi the president of TYBA says that yacht charter is one of the key drivers behind the Turkish yacht industry's boatbuilding, refitting and maintenance sectors.

According to TYBA, its aim is to strengthen the industry, to collect statistical data and to set rules to make the yacht industry work more effectively. TYBA membership is growing slowly, but membership credentials are strict, with the association insisting on formal document as proof of leisure marine operations, rather simple membership of Chamber of Shipping.