Posted on 14 February 2011
Yacht races boost Marmaris economy
This year’s record attendance at the annual yacht race in Marmaris has contributed greatly to the tourism town‘s economy and publicity, officials said.
Yalçin Çetin, president of the Marmaris International Yacht Club, or MIYC, who organized the event, said there are 121 sailing boats in competition and racers come from 16 different countries, who are expected to spend approximately $1 million in town.
The 19th International Yacht Festival, sponsored by Koç Allianz Sigorta, Netsel Marina and Marmaris Municipality, started last weekend and will end Friday. MIYC President Çetin said 50 groups will attend the 92 sea mile race with their own yachts and 71 groups are renting boats at 3,000 euros each. This equals 215,000 euros in total. With money spent by the yachters during their stay, the event will mean $1 million in income for Marmaris.
“The first race we organized in 1990 had only nine yachts in competition. This year we have a record number.” Çetin said. People visiting Marmaris cannot get enough of it and share their experiences with friends, which is the main reason behind the event’s success, according to Çetin.
The mayor of Marmaris, Ali Acar, said the event holds great value for the promotion of the town. “The yacht club has been successfully running things for 19 years. During that period, they have revitalized Marmaris at the season’s end and helped give publicity for the county. We thank them for that. We will continue to support them as much as we can.”
The 900 yachters attending the races come from Turkey, Russia, Germany, Austria, Kazakhstan, Estonia, Ukraine, England, France, Bulgaria, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Greece, Switzerland and Sweden.
October 31, 2008 – MARMARIS – Dogan News Agency