Marinas in Italy expect to show double-digit growth in megayachts visits for 2017, with a total of about 8,000 yacht visits in 12 months, according to a report by shipping news website and maritime magazine The Medi Telegraph.
“The year that is about to end has been for the sector a year of strong growth, as evidenced by the data we collected from marine agents operating in the nautical sector,” Giovani Gasparini, chairman of the Federagenti Yacht section, stated.
According to the report, the average length of stay is also on the rise, now close to four consecutive days per vessel. Additionally, an estimated 96 percent of guests on board visiting megayachts were reportedly non-Italians, with Russians and Arabs accounting for the majority, while the percentage of Italian crew members aboard has seen a reported increase of 10 percent.
“We are recovering the ground lost in recent years to competing countries such as Spain and France, thanks in part to the uniformity of the rules regulating this market across all EU-member states,” Gasparini stated.
Figures on the recreational boating sector collected by Federagenti will be presented Oct. 11 in Trieste, Italy, during a conference organized by the maritime agents of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.