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East Med Yacht Show in Poros, May 4 – 9, 2013

March 22, 2013

Previously known as Poros Charter Yacht Show, the East Med Yacht Show represents the ultimate event of the yachting industry in the fabulous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Greece. The most spectacular Crewed Charter Yachts will be presented to the most prominent Charter Agencies as well as Brokers worldwide in the magical island of Poros and the unique atmosphere of the Greek Orthodox Easter celebration.

East Med Yacht Show, May 4 - 9, 2013

East Med Yacht Show, May 4 - 9, 2013

The event represents an international exhibition that will be held in the harbour of Poros Island for the 12th consecutive year.

Every year exceptional yachts are presented to the most prestigious charter agencies and brokers worldwide. Furthermore, there is also a very wide range of activities.

The exhibition is open to charter brokers, professionals of the yachting sector and media representatives.

Yacht viewing will begin on Sunday the 5th of May, 2013 and end on Wednesday the 8th of May, 2013.

In the morning of Thursday May 9th the yachts will depart from Poros Marina.

ICON Yachts’ special 2013 yacht refit offering

March 21, 2013

For Yachts based in or heading to the Mediterranean and coming to ICON Yachts for a refit, the prominent Dutch yard will refuel with tax-free diesel up to 50.000Ltr at departure. In order to offer an extensive experience in construction and working on Superyachts as well as meet the increased request for refits, ICON Yachts, has created a special ‘refit’ team.

ICON Yachts - Shipyard

ICON Yachts - Shipyard

With this team of highly trained in-house refit specialists supplemented by highly recommended co-workers and suppliers at hand, ICON yachts is able to provide total solutions for improvements of one’s vessel.

As heading to spring and summer again, ICON Yachts is proudly announcing its special 2013 refit offering. Now more than ever, it is the time to consider ICON famous and acclaimed location to have one’s super yacht serviced, refitted and/or repaired for his future enjoyment. For yachts located in the Med and coming to ICON Yachts for a refit above €1M value, ICON will refill them with Tax free diesel up to 50.000Lt.

Port Adriano Superyacht Days 2013, May 3 – 5

March 21, 2013

The 2nd edition of the Port Adriano Superyacht Days will be once again hosted by Port Adriano, situated in the popular summer yacht charter destination – Mallorca in Spain. Different nautical companies will present their current line-up as well as invite their clients and prospects to have a closer look on the magnificent superyachts, with a minimum length of 24m/80ft.

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When it was first held in April 2012, the event exhibited 42 boats over 20 metres long and received more than 10,000 visitors in 3 days. As in the past Port Adriano will work together with important brands, such as Sunseeker Mallorca, Princess, First Mallorca, Fipa Group, Yacht Moments and BMW. It is expected to tie up to the success of last year’s edition and make the Superyacht Days 2013 an unforgettable event for everyone.

There will be numerous side events in Port Adriano during the Superyacht Days, like special menus in the restaurants, product launches, store opening parties, fashion shows and glamorous cocktail nights but also attractions for children, music and family targeted events.

5th Adriatic Boat Show, May 9 – 12, 2013

March 20, 2013

This year’s 5th edition of international nautical fair, Adriatic Boat Show, will be once again attended by the top players of the nautical industry in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Croatia and the region. For the first time, the ABS 2013 will take place in a new venue, the historic harbor of the old Šibenik town, from 9th to 12th May.

5th Adriatic Boat Show to be hosted by the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Sibenik in Croatia

5th Adriatic Boat Show to be hosted by the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Sibenik in Croatia

New attractive location opens a new dimension of the touristic and nautical growth of Šibenik and Croatia. The show offers a rich and interesting exhibiting, congress and entertainment program. Organizer of Adriatic Boat Show is NCP – Nautical Center Prgin.

NEW VENUE – OLD HISTORIC HARBOUR OF
ŠIBENIK

New venue in the heart of millenial city of Šibenik brings lots of advantages for exhibitors, agents and fair visitors. New fair location will contribute to the image of Šibenik as attractive nautical and turistic destination known for its long maritime tradition. Surrounded by two national parks, The Krka Waterfalls, and the Kornati archipelago, the city of Šibenik grows into important nautical center on the worlds nautical map and a popular destination for guests chartering yachts in Croatia. Fair organizers in cooperation with hotels, marinas and turist board will present all the turist attractions for exhibitors, agents and visitors.

Šibenik historic harbor will show nautical spectacle with more than a hundred new and used vessels of all sizes and types.

WELCOME TO ABS 2013!

ABS 2013 offers domestic and foreign manufacturers and dealers, yachts and motor boats, sailboats and rubber boats, marine equipment, as well as inboard and outboard engines, sportswear, fishing and diving equipment, banks, insurance and leasing companies. All the sponsors and exhibitors will have significant representation in media and excellent platform for various promotional activities, introduction of new products in the market and company presentation.

Congress, educational, sports and entertainment program opens up numerous sponsorship opportunities that will enlarge the recognition of the existing and new companies who want to establish their business in Croatia- the fastest growing Mediterranean nautical market.

Visitors are invited to come and enjoy the nautical spectacle, exciting sport events and music programs with great eno-gastronomy offer in a pleasant atmosphere of Šibenik old town.

CREWED YACHT CHARTER SHOW

ABS is profiled as the only fair in Croatia that puts emphasis on specialized segment of nautical tourism consisted of crewed yacht charter and representatives of the industry. CREWED YACHT CHARTER SHOW is designated to guests, charter agents, yacht owners, captains and crew members as well as to all potential investors in this segment of tourism.

Agents with central fleet, charter brokers, yacht companies, charter and crew management will be gathered on CREWED YACHT CHARTER SHOW along with the captains and the crew members which will gladly answer all of visitors’ questions. This year Šibenik will be the home town of the specialized charter booking agents from all over the world.

This year Šibenik will be the home town of the specialized charter booking agents from all over the world. For the second time crew charter yacht fair will collaborate with Crewed Yacht Charter Specialist „Fortuna Cruising“, a leading company for the development of this segment of tourism in Croatia.

3rd NAUTICAL FORUM

The congress program of the show brings the important topics: from the legislation in Croatia for yacht charter and foreign flagged yachts, to the recent trends and technology. 3th Nautical Forum will consider themes such as maritime domain, adjustments and implementation of Croatian law requirements with EU regulations, and destination development strategy.

During the Adriatic Boat Show the second Croatian Travel Festival will be held in the organization the Croatian Club of Travelers which will gather lots of writers and journalists. This is an opportunity for exploring our homeland and finding inspiration for a new journeys and experiences.

Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina to reopen its doors for new summer season tomorrow

March 14, 2013

Tomorrow, Friday, March 15, will see the exclusive local Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina inaugurate the new summer season by reopening its doors at 9 in the morning. In addition to the complete as well as delicious breakfasts that the most prestigious local in the popular Spanish yacht charter destination – Ibiza offers, from 12 until 18 hours Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina will offer a menu specially prepared by its Chef.

Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina

Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina

The Ibiza resident DJ at Blue Marlin Ibiza Vidal Rodriguez and the disc-jockey from Blue Marlin Ibiza and Sonica Valentín Huedo, will liven up the official reopening of the local by playing the new tunes that will become favorites in Ibiza this season.

Inauguration of a summer season full of activities Marina Ibiza hosts the reopening of the exclusive local Blue Marlin Ibiza, the first event of a summer season full of nautical and leisure activities. In this new season the luxurious Marina adds, to the quality of its facilities and its exquisite service, a variety of nautical events and entertainment which will be held in Marina Ibiza in collaboration with exclusive premises in the port.

Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina Opening Flyer

Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina Opening Flyer

The trendiest local in Ibiza Blue Marlin Ibiza Marina is the trendiest local in Ibiza. Its strategic location on the main pier of Marina Ibiza allows its customers to enjoy unequalled views of the superyachts and the walled precinct of Dalt Vila. Their quest for excellence and their experienced chefs ensure a select cuisine which will satisfy the most demanding palates. The complete breakfasts include a variety of juices and fruit smoothies, croissants and freshly baked muffins or continental breakfasts, always made with the highest quality products.

The best Mediterranean fusion food, which will certainly surprise the experimental cuisine lovers, complemented with the best champagne and delicious cocktails prepared by genuine bartending masters. To contemplate how the cocktails are prepared is a true spectacle for all the senses.

New One&Only Resort in Montenegro with world class superyacht marina

March 13, 2013

Kerzner International Holdings Limited, which through its subsidiaries represents a top international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos as well as luxury hotels, has signed an agreement with Triangle Investment and Development Limited, to develop and operate a new One&Only resort in Kumbor, Montenegro overlooking Tivat Bay.

New One&Only Resort with world class superyacht marina to be situated in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

New One&Only Resort with world class superyacht marina to be situated in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Montenegro

Triangle is acting as representative for the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (“SOCAR”), which has been appointed by the Government of Montenegro as the preferred bidder of this mixed-use development Project following a public tender process.

“As the Minister responsible for tourism, urban planning, real estate and the environment, I am extremely gratified to have such a serious investor like SOCAR and an operator such as One&Only for the first time in Europe in Montenegro. This proves that the sustainable development concept that Montenegro has committed to is becoming a reality,” said Branimir Gvozdenovic, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism. “Projects like this mean a lot to Montenegro, bringing world-class standards, new employment opportunities and incredible experiences to the destination.”

With approximately 150 luxurious guest rooms and villas, a prestigious One&Only residential component and world-class Marina, tennis academy, health spa, dining and retail options, the property is expected to attract travellers from around the world. Strategically located at the most narrow part of the entrance to Tivat Bay, the 60-acre project will command an enviable position between mountain and sea and will overlook 1.2 km of pristine coastline of the Adriatic Sea. This will be One&Only’s first resort in Europe and is located less than an hour from Dubrovnik International Airport.

“Montenegro is a perfect location for the first One&Only experience in Europe. The location is remarkable and I am very confident the resort will be well received by our many loyal One&Only guests and new guests alike,” says Sol Kerzner, Chairman, Kerzner International. “I am excited about this project and looking forward to designing and managing this new world-class resort.”

Tivat Bay offers stunning views of the Adriatic Sea, which will inform the design of both the public and private spaces of the resort. True to the brand’s heritage, One&Only Montenegro will offer a variety of world-class cuisines showcasing regional specialties in restaurants overseen by internationally-acclaimed chefs. The resort will also house an indulgent One&Only Health Spa, honouring the region’s heritage by utilising ancient Mediterranean traditions and holistic practices fused with modern spa therapies. In addition, event and meeting space will be available for bespoke gatherings, whether for business or personal pleasure.

“We are excited about this new development and its expected contribution to the continued growth of the infrastructure and economy of the region,” commented Gafar Gubanov, Executive Board Member, Triangle Group. “One&Only Resorts are found in the most beautiful locales in the world and this location in Montenegro is just that.”

Like all of the resorts within the collection, One&Only Montenegro will place an emphasis on privacy while evoking a ‘sense of place,’ using materials that showcase the natural elements of Montenegro. The country’s rich history will be reflected throughout the resort by highlighting the natural juxtaposition of elements from snow-capped mountains to undiscovered lakes and pristine coastline. As with all One&Only properties, this resort will also boast innovative programming for families, including the celebrated KidsOnly and OneTribe club for ‘tweens’. Guests will also have access to a host of unique sporting and entertainment facilities on-site.

“With so many guests from Europe already experiencing One&Only resorts worldwide, it made perfect sense for our next resort to be in Europe,” says Alan Leibman, CEO, Kerzner International. “I am thrilled we were able to partner with Triangle to develop this amazing area and know our guests from all over the world will be anxious to discover it. Montenegro is the perfect place for us to create an extraordinary new One&Only ‘playground’ for the most influential and well-travelled people around the globe. I know One&Only Montenegro will set a new level of guest experience not only for our brand, but for the industry.”

One&Only Resorts are conceived as hallmarks of excellence. Set in some of the most beautiful locations in the world, each award-winning resort offers guests a distinctive style and personality borne of its local culture, a genuine hospitality and a lively energy that is unparalleled. These seven properties include the iconic One&Only Reethi Rah in the Maldives; One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius; One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai; One&Only Ocean Club in The Bahamas; One&Only Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico; One&Only Cape Town in South Africa and One&Only The Palm in Dubai. One&Only has also announced plans to develop a resort in Sanya, China.

Camper and Nicholsons Marinas – Proud Sponsor of Trophee Bailli de Suffren

March 13, 2013

Camper & Nicholsons Marinas is thrilled to announce its sponsorship of Trophee Bailli de Suffren. This annual 600-mile race between St. Tropez and Malta is the Mediterranean’s only long distance offshore race for classic yachts.

C&N Grand Harbour Marina to host Trophee Bailli de Suffren

C&N Grand Harbour Marina to host Trophee Bailli de Suffren

With stop-overs in Sardinia and Sicily, this “course de gentlemen” will take place in June/July 2013, and entries are now open for classic yachts of 11m and above.

Cala Ponte Marina in Italy to open in June 2013

March 13, 2013

Set to open in June, the all-new Cala Ponte Marina lies close to the cliff-top town of Polignano a Mare, 20 miles from Bari, in the popular summer yacht charter destination – Italy. The Apulia region’s coastline is studded with ports as well as anchorages, making it one of Italy’s most famous cruising areas. The Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and Greece’s northern Ionian islands are also within a day or two’s sail.

Cala Ponte

The brand new Cala Ponte Marina on the southeast coast of the beautiful Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Italy will provide 320 berths for yachts from 5m to 25m, serviced to the standards of excellence and exclusivity that have become synonymous with the name of Camper and Nicholsons Marinas.

Duty-Free Karpaz Gate Marina offering safe haven in Northern Cyprus

March 12, 2013

This summer, the duty-free status of Karpaz Gate Marina is expected to take on even greater significance for yacht owners, when Croatia becomes a new member of the European Union.

Karpaz Gate Marina situated in the beautiful yacht charter destination - the Eastern Mediterranean

Karpaz Gate Marina situated in the beautiful yacht charter destination - the Eastern Mediterranean

Northern Cyprus will become one of the last tax havens along the north coast of the Mediterranean when Croatia becomes the 28th member state of the EU on July 1 2013.

Karpaz Gate Marina is the perfect option for boat owners looking to benefit from duty-free status by cutting costs on fuel, technical service and supplies, while the Eastern Mediterranean destination outside the eurozone ensures further general savings on goods and services.

The luxury 300-berth superyacht marina is also a very attractive place for people who wish to keep their yachts in Europe, but not within the European Union, to save the value-added tax on the purchase price.

Long term, the importance of the location of Karpaz Gate Marina will increase if the EU develops as predicted over the next few years, with Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina expected to join as soon as 2015.

Deniz Akaltan, Harbour Master at Karpaz Gate Marina, said
: “For boat owners who want to hold their boat outside the EU, Karpaz Gate Marina is a very good option due to the savings associated with the tax-free environment and the extensive technical and leisure facilities available for berth holders here.

“There is a huge yachting industry in Croatia, plus people from all over Europe keep their boats there, and now Northern Cyprus and Turkey are almost the last havens for VAT along that whole northern coast of the Mediterranean.”

The duty-free fuel is one of the ways berth holders can cut costs at Karpaz Gate Marina. The price of diesel per litre was approximately €0.80 at Karpaz Gate Marina in March 2013 (subject to change at any time)

The duty-free fuel is one of the ways berth holders can cut costs at Karpaz Gate Marina. The price of diesel per litre was approximately €0.80 at Karpaz Gate Marina in March 2013 (subject to change at any time)

Another factor affecting the location chosen by owners for their boats is a recent crackdown by the Italian tax authority which is targeting boats moored in Italian ports and has already started to drive owners to alternative shores. The government has introduced an ownership tax on boats longer than 10 metres, while the nation’s tax police are reportedly searching yachts and then cross-checking the owners against their declared income ahead of a possible audit.

With the Eastern Mediterranean growing in popularity as a cruising destination, Karpaz Gate Marina is the perfect base for exploring the region. In addition, it is an official port of entry, with multi-lingual staff fluent in Italian, Turkish, French, German and English on hand to assist visitors.

Having completed its first full season in 2012, the marina has outstanding facilities and will officially open its stunning Beach Club this spring which is available to all berth holders and visiting yachts.

Superyachts are already taking advantage of the world class shipyard facilities, on-shore entertainment and concierge services, with the marina able to accommodate yachts up to 55 metres.

This year, marina prices are fixed at 2012 rates and there is also a special lucky 2013 berthing package available, which offers a free lift and launch and free antifouling for boat owners berthing at Karpaz Gate for more than six months. Plus, the 13th month is free for boat owners who book for 12 months.

With its duty-free status intact, Karpaz provides a welcome port financially as well as offering some of the best conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

VIP Mega-Yacht Destination Flisvos Marina to participate in Moscow Boat Show 2013

March 12, 2013

Situated in the popular Mediterranean yacht charter location – Greece, the fabulous VIP mega-yacht destination, Flisvos Marina, will be present at this year’s Moscow Boat Show for the very first time.

Flisvos Marina situated in the beautiful summer yacht charter destination - Greece

Flisvos Marina situated in the beautiful summer yacht charter destination - Greece

Only 6 km from the centre of Athens, in Paleo Faliro, Flisvos Marina is Greece’s first exclusive superyacht marina to offer large-scale mooring capacity to mega-yacht owners from Greece and abroad.

Flisvos Marina features 303 berths, more than half of which accommodate luxury yachts of over 35 meters.

Aerial View of Flisvos Marina

Aerial View of Flisvos Marina

These extensive berthing capacities were recently complemented by additional land and high-end commercial properties and facilities for yacht owners and visitors alike.

VIP Mega-Yacht Destination Flisvos Marina by night

VIP Mega-Yacht Destination Flisvos Marina after sunset

Flisvos Marina, apart from its permanent VIP clientele, whose marina selection criteria are quality of services, safety of human life and property, fineness of infrastructure and environmental consciousness, every summer becomes the starting point of transit yachts cruising the Aegean and the Mediterranean.