While economic news from debt-ridden Greece continues to dominate the headlines at the moment, there was a glimmer of hope on the horizon for those looking to book a Mediterranean yacht charter there this year.
As politicians failed to agree on a restructure of Greece’s debt which looked set to wreak new havoc on attempts to sure up the Eurozone’s finances, Greece was welcoming some of the first luxury vessels to dock at Athens’ Piraeus port.
In news that will warm hearts in the luxury yacht charter industry Greece has announced that it aims to double sea tourism by 2016. This push for an increase in sea tourism – which includes luxury cruises as well as luxury yacht charters – is part of efforts to lift the debt-ridden country out of recession and avert a much-feared default.
Last year, the Piraeus port hosted almost 1000 cruise ships with more than 2.5 million passengers on board, recording a 35 per cent increase in annual traffic over the year before. Meanwhile, thousands more visitors anchored in dozens more ports across the Greek isles on luxury Mediterranean yacht charters.
Despite its economic problems, Greece is the ideal destination for the perfect Mediterranean yacht charter. The financial woes of the nation will seem a million miles away as your relax on board your luxury yacht charter amongst the breath-taking Greek islands.
The region boats more than 4000 islands scattered across more than 13000 miles of coast in the Aegean and Ionian Seas. It also offers those on luxury yacht charter a chance to get close to Greece’s rich and fascinating history and unrivalled culture.
The Greek tourism industry, traditionally one of the pillars of the Greek national economy, today accounts for some 18 per cent of the country’s GPD – Isn’t it about time you contributed?