Turkey - Demand for yacht tourism increased


The chairman of the Maritime Chamber of Commerce stated that the demand for yacht tourism increased after the pandemic of the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Yusuf Ozturk, chairman of the board of directors of the Izmir branch of Maritime Chamber of Commerce of the regions of Istanbul and the Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Seas (IMEAK) stated that demand for yacht tourism increased after the pandemic of the new strain of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Ozturk, who was a guest at the Maritime Talks organized by videoconference by the Alumni Association of Faculty of Maritime of 9 September University (9 Eylul) of Izmir, stated that he believes that during the new period mass tourism will lose its popularity.

Stressing that more individual and isolated forms of tourism are in demand, Oztürk said more revenue could be obtained from sea tourism, which accounts for 20 per cent of Turkish tourism revenue.

"There has been a serious increase in demand for yacht and boutique hotel tourism. The Blue Journeys on the shores of the Aegean and the Mediterranean will be revived again. "We can turn this into an important revenue gateway," Ozturk said, adding that the yacht tourism season would begin on June 1 once capacity and hygiene conditions were determined.



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