Posted on 14 February 2011
Is the Turkish Mediterranean all at sea?
Antalya, a popular tourism spot on the Mediterranean Coast, draws in great amounts of investment for new marina projects. As the ongoing projects near completion, the city is expected to become attractive for the yachting sector.
Investments in marinas are gathering speed due to the lack of facilities concerning yacht mooring, maintenance, repair and stopover in Turkey, a Turkish shipping official has said.
There are approximately 387,000 yachts in the Mediterranean countries, said Hasan Kacmaz, vice-chairman of the Antalya Branch of the Istanbul, Marmara, Aegean, Mediterranean and Black Sea Regions (IMEAK) Chamber of Shipping (DTO).
Kacmaz noted The Gazipasa Yacht Port in Antalya will start operating in 2009 while the Alanya Yacht Port will start offering services in 2008. The Kas-Bucak Marina has been put up for tender and is expected to be complete in 2009.
Antalya will become very attractive in the near future in the yachting and marina sector. Many foreign yachts come to Antalya and more foreign yachts will come. However, there is no space available. There are not enough marinas in the Antalya region, which has 648 kilometers of coastline Kacmaz said.
Turkish Daily News 28 December 2007