After many countries recently imposed travel restrictions - especially in some tourist destinations.

Turkey is a favorite destination ...

Date:Thursday, December 2, 2021

After many countries recently imposed travel restrictions - especially in some tourist destinations.

Turkey is a favorite destination for wealthy yachts

After many countries recently imposed travel restrictions - especially in some destinations located on the main coasts of the Mediterranean - Turkey has become the preferred destination for the world's wealthy.

Turkey's economic figures are surprising, as it has always been a magnet for the Russian elite, but today it is attracting more and more wealthy people from all over the world.

Recently, the Turkish coasts, especially the southern ones, have witnessed a great turnout by the world's rich and famous, where they anchor their luxury yachts, making Turkey one of the world's most preferred destinations for wealthy yachts.

In early November, two giant yachts owned by billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos anchored off the coast of Bodrum in the Turkish state of Mugla.

This is not the first time that Bezos' yacht has anchored off the Turkish coast, but the Mugla Bays have previously hosted the famous businessman's yacht, the last of which was during the summer of last year.

Turkey attracts the world's rich despite Corona

According to Bloomberg, Turkey has attracted the world's wealthy, while the number of yachts in locations such as Spain and France has declined, as a result of the re-imposition of travel restrictions due to the high number of Covid-19 infections in the French Riviera.

In July 2020, the yacht known as "Shahrzad" - owned by a famous billionaire in the Middle East - anchored in Bodrum. The length of this yacht is about 140 meters, and it is classified as one of the largest luxury yachts in the world.

In mid-August 2020, the 136-meter "Flying Fox" yacht was spotted off the coast of Bodrum, owned by the American businessman and CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, who rents it at an estimated cost of $ 4 million a week.

Croatia, Turkey and Greece have been at the forefront three years ago in the number of yachts anchored off their coasts, as the number of incoming boats in Croatia has increased by 25 boats since 2019, 12 boats in Turkey, and 10 boats in Greece, according to a report by the Qatari Al Jazeera network.

The magazine emphasized that Turkey's attraction of yachts of this type serves the interests of the country, which has long been trying to become a first-class international maritime center.

The magazine quoted Bianca Nestor, who works in the field of luxury yacht rental within the London-based company "Burgess", that the travel restrictions imposed by many countries made Turkey the best haven.

Bodrum.. history and nature

On the smallness of Bodrum overlooking the Aegean Sea and belonging to the state of Mugla in southwestern Turkey, but it possesses of history, landscapes and sandy coasts with its pure water what the major Turkish tourist cities do not possess, and is undisputedly the first attraction point for the world’s rich owners of luxury yachts in the eastern Aegean region and the Mediterranean, as well as being a springboard for the most important marine sports races.

Bodrum is characterized by its white homes and resorts located within green mountains with stunning sea views, and dozens of small islands that surround it.

Since the dawn of ancient history, Bodrum has received special attention thanks to its picturesque nature, its mild atmosphere, and its containment of natural ports. Pierre”, the tomb of King Mausolus, the city’s lyrical theater from the Hellenistic period, and a large Greek amphitheater, in addition to containing the Museum of Underwater Archeology, and the remains of the ancient city that was submerged by the sea by earthquakes, which is an important attraction for diving and photography lovers.

Turkey, the jewel of the eastern Mediterranean and a haven for travelers

She added that Turkey is characterized by mild summer weather, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius, and this destination is the jewel of the eastern Mediterranean and a haven for some international travelers who can easily come even on a yacht, as it has a mixture of attractive small towns and quiet beaches with Clear waters offer opportunities to enjoy exceptional restaurants and beach clubs, and every town or island has its own original charm and historical beauty.

Another reason for Turkey's attraction of yachts to its coasts is the pioneering growth that the country has achieved in this field, whether in terms of yacht manufacturing or holding its own events.

In late October, the 32nd International Yacht Race concluded on Friday in Marmaris, in the state of Mugla, western Turkey.

The competition, which was organized by the "Marmaris International Yachting Club", was attended by 1,300 athletes and 123 sailing yachts from many countries, over a period of 7 days, in the Gulf of Marmaris.

The Russian player, Sergey Musikhin, topped the race with his yacht Lagertha, while his compatriot Andrei Arbuzov came second, then Turkey's Wedad Tazman with his yacht Baby Dracula.

According to data issued by the Turkish Exporters Council, Turkey's exports of ships and yachts achieved a remarkable growth of 399 percent last October, compared to the same month last year, by 20.2 percent.

According to the same source, the revenues from exports of Turkish ships and yachts last month amounted to 208 million and 205 thousand dollars.



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