Greece aims to create a friendlier environment for recreation ships – motor yachts and sailing boats – to attract high-end tourists, according to Greek Merchant Marine Minister Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the East Med Yacht Show – Poros 2014, Mr. Varvitsiotis noted that if yachting tourism receives support, it could boost the Greek economy and offer more jobs.
East Med Yacht Show – Poros 2014
For the 13th consecutive year, during 2-7 May, the harbor of Poros welcomed international charter professionals, private yacht brokers, travel agents and tour operators and offered a broad display of 55 luxury crewed yachts for charter. The yacht show was also an opportunity to showcase Greece’s marine tourism industry and the island of Poros as a holiday destination.
Greece’s East Med Yacht Show attracted yacht brokers from the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Australia, France, Majorca, Russia, British Virgin Islands, Monaco, Turkey, Ukraine and Cyprus.
During the yacht show, a series of events were held that included lectures and seminars. The main topics presented and discussed were focused on Greece’s new law for yachting, thematic tourism and the creation of waterways for seaplane flights. Poros will be among the Greek islands included in the planned Greek seaplane network.
The yacht show was organized by the Hellenic Yacht Brokers Association (HYBA), the Hellenic Professional Yacht Owners Association (HPYOA) and the Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourist Agencies (HATTA) and held under the auspices of the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry, the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO), the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) and the Municipality of Poros.