If the 2014 summer charter season is an indication, Turkey as a destination for superyacht charters is suffering because of media coverage of regional unrest in the Middle East.
Cem Boz, managing director of Contact Turkey Yachting, has indicated that 2014 was quiet in Turkish waters because the political situation in Iraq and Syria has discouraged clients from chartering. While cancellations have not occurred, clients appear not to be booking for 2015 at all because they don’t understand that the regional wars are far away from Turkish waters.
The lack of interest in Turkey is particular prevalent among American charter clients who tend to book far in advance. Boz still expects to receive last-minute bookings from the majority of European clients.
Pruva Yachting, a boutique charter company in Turkey is also seeing a declining charter trend in Turkey as some clients and charter brokers believe that Turkey is dangers. As a result, some clients are opting to charter boats in Greece and Croatia instead. Dogukan Boyaci, Pruva Yachting vice president also noted that the trend is reflected primarily among American clients.
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