In addition to the two Greek shows in Athens and Nafplion next week, two other eastern Mediterranean events are to take place in Limassol, Cyprus and Bodrum, Turkey. Both shows will be held from May 3-6.
The Limassol Boat Show, based in Limassol Marina, will have 100 exhibitors from eight countries and around 80 boats afloat. Some 20,000 visitors are expected to attend. Amongst the yachts featured will be models from Princess, Azimut, Sunseeker, Technohull, Parker Boats and Sea Ray, to name a few.
Across the 100 exhibitors, there will be boats from RIBs up to large luxury yachts, a wide range of equipment including navigational and electrical systems, financial services such as insurance, and engines from companies like Volvo Penta and Yamaha. There will also be watersports, yacht charter and brokerage firms.
The event in Bodrum is new and will be held at Yalikavak Marina, which has 620 berths for yachts up to 135m (443ft). Organised by the Turkish Yachting & Brokers Association (TYBA), which was only established last year, the first edition of the TYBA Charter Show will have 45 yachts from 16m-55m (53ft-181ft) on display.
Around 75 brokers are expected to attend from the US, UK France, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain, Antigua and Anguilla as well as Turkey.
A seminar programme is being organised, which will include presentations about the legal aspects of chartering in Turkey and Turkey as a yachting destination. There will also be a number of trade exhibitors offering a range of services and products.
The show is said to be timely. With Greece having banned non-EU flagged yachts from chartering in the country, Turkey has become an increasingly popular charter destination.
One of the messages coming out of the MYBA Charter Show in Barcelona this week is that more interest is being shown in Turkey on account of the Greek ban.