3rd Mediterranean Yacht Show
Don’t Miss the Boat!

May 7-10, Nafplio, Greece

• A must-attend event on the global yachting calendar
• 2016 yacht registrations heading for a record
• Greece remains among the best and safest yachting playgrounds

Dear Friends,

The eastern Mediterranean is an exceptional yachting destination, a unique fusion of striking landscapes and all-encompassing history. Sailing in Greek waters is akin to a time-lapse journey with past and present alternating in riveting coves touched only by nature and enchanting harbors crafted by man. And what better way to elevate this experience to the sublime than aboard one of the exquisite yachts showcased at the Mediterranean Yacht Show.

Organized by the Greek Yachting Association, the Mediterranean Yacht Show has established itself as a must-attend event on the global yachting calendar, offering foreign brokers the opportunity to inspect and appraise an outstanding fleet of commercial EU-flagged luxury yachts and the high caliber of services they provide.

Nafplio, once again the venue for the Mediterranean Yacht Show, is the perfect backdrop: an important medieval seaport under successive European royal houses and the first capital of modern Greece, it sits in the Gulf of Nafplia, one of the many picturesque and protected anchorages to be found along the lengthy coastline that is characteristic of Greece.

The Mediterranean Yacht Show is the perfect platform for highlighting the Greek yachting industry’s momentum as it continues to grow in size and strength each year. The number of yacht registrations for this year is already high, indicating another bumper year of participations. The fact that this is being achieved during a difficult economic situation, complicated by a refugee crisis sparked by geopolitical turmoil further afield, makes the Mediterranean Yacht Show a perfect example of what can be achieved when a group of dedicated professionals, from a variety of industries, work together in harmony.

The Greek Yachting Association is proud to be able to state that it’s “business as usual” despite unusual circumstances such as the capital controls that were enforced in June 2015. These may have caused some initial alarm, but foresight and effective action ensured that charters were not affected. Indeed, not a single charter was cancelled and all guests’ itineraries were completed without problem. Furthermore, the industry doesn’t anticipate any negative fallout this year from the refugee crisis which, though heart-rending, is contained within a small area and less than half a dozen islands out of more than 5,000 that decorate the Greek sea.

The Mediterranean Yacht Show offers a glimpse of a brilliant future and of what Greece really has to offer: sailing itineraries with an unparalleled combination of destinations, ranging from total seclusion to top-notch clubbing within a few nautical miles. Greece is warm and welcoming, a yachting paradise where you can sea the world.

Michael Skoulikidis
Greek Yachting Association

8th Mediterranean Yacht Show

Having emerged as one of the premier events for industry professionals, the 8th Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS) turned the international spotlight onto Greece once again, as the host of the world’s largest crewed yacht charter show.

It is worth noting that yachts measuring 24 meters and above in length have the right to participate in the exhibition, making the MEDYS the only sector event of similar scope in Greece that is exclusively addressed to the upper segment of luxury yachting. At this year's Show, 92 yachts with a cumulative LOA of 3.5 kilometers were present, with a waiting list (due to limited space in the port of Nafplion) that surpassed the numbers of every previous year. In order to fully grasp the MEDYS’ size, it is worth considering that the number of participating yachts far exceeded that of comparable shows. Confirming the event's success is, among others, the significantly larger presence of industry professionals from all over the world, with more than 750 participants from 31 countries.

Yachting tourism attracts an increasing number of visitors to Greece and MEDYS is the perfect occasion to highlight the region as one of the top yachting destinations globally. The show owes its success to the large number of registered yachts, the great turn-out of industry professionals from all corners of the globe and the contribution of the local CAs. It is organized each year by GYA under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and with the kind support of the Municipality of Nafplion.