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Yachting key part of Turkey’s tourism expansion plans

Posted on 14 February 2011

Date: 06/02/2009
Yachting key part of Turkey’s tourism expansion plans

As part of Turkey’s long-term tourism industry expansion plans up to 2023, when the country celebrates 50 years of being a republic, at least nine new marinas are being planned. These will feature in the first phase of the programme, which extends to 2013. In a statement about the tourism plans, which also include 11 cruise ports, the Tourism Ministry gave no detail of the marinas.

With the country’s long coastline, yacht tourism is an important contributor to tourism earnings. A number of new marinas, both private and state, have been constructed or are in the process of being constructed. These include new state marinas at Gazipasa (250 berths), Mersin (700 berths in two marinas) and Alanya (425 berths), Sigacik (400 berths) and Burhaniye (100 berths).

Apart from the government-developed marinas, there are also a number of private sector projects. The biggest is the new Didim marina being built by the Dogus Group, which already operates a marina near Bodrum. Didim will have 555 wet berths and 600 dry berths for yachts up to 150m (492ft), cost some US$50m as part of a residential/resort project, and is due to be completed later this year. Dogus also plans a third marina at Dalaman, work on which is due to start this year.

Additionally, Cesme marina is being redeveloped by Camper & Nicholson Marinas and this will see 180 berths being replaced by 375 for yachts up to 60m (197ft). It is due for completion in the next few months.

Marinas also play a part in Turkey’s plans to develop tourism along its Black Sea coast. A 175 berth marina has already been completed at Trabzon and like the other state facilities it’s management will be awarded to a private concessionaire.

While long-term yacht tourism is expected to expand steadily, for this year with the downturn exactly how the market will perform is a little uncertain. In the key yachting centre of Marmaris local reports suggest that several luxury boats are up for sale and that conditions are expected to get worse before they get better.

IBI Magazine / David Robinson – 6 February 2009

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