Once again the event with the largest number of luxury crewed charter yachts in the world took place in Nafplion, placing Greek yachting tourism at the centre of global attention.

102 crewed charter yachts

More than 450 industry professionals from 31 countries


The 6th Mediterranean Yacht Show (MEDYS), which was once again organised by the Greek Yachting Association (GYA) in the wonderful port of Nafplion, came to a close on Wednesday 8 May. The main objective of the event was to show and promote the exceptional range of crewed yachts available for charter in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean to an audience of international brokers. More specifically, over 450 industry visitors from 31 countries had the opportunity to meet the yacht crews as well as to inspect the yachts available for charter and to learn more about their available options and features.

This year, 102 crewed charter yachts registered for the MEDYS, totaling a cumulative length of over 3 kilometres and making it yet again the largest international event of its kind in terms of participating yachts and overall length of boats.

The President of the Greek Yachting Association, Mr. Michael Skoulikidis, officially declared the opening of the 6th Mediterranean Yacht show on Saturday 4 May, in the presence of the Minister of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Fotis Kouvelis, the Regional Governor of the Peloponnese Mr. Petros Tatoulis and the Mayor of Nafplion Mr. Dimitrios Kostouros. Also in attendance were the Secretary  General of the Ministry of Shipping and Island Policy, Mr. Dionysis Te-boneras, the Secretary General of Ports, Port Policy and Maritime Investments Mr. Christos Lambridis, the Chief of the Hellenic Coast Vice Admiral Mr. Stama-tios Raptis, the Chief of Staff of the Hellenic Coast Guard Commander Mr. Spyri-don Kontomaris, the General Secretary of Tourism Mrs. Georgia Karastathis and the Vice President of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) Mrs. An-geliki Chondromatidou.

The first day of the Yacht Show was celebrated in style at the Palamidi Fortress where guests were invited to a welcome reception, during which the musical quartet Fortissimo undoubtedly stole the show. Addressing the attendees, Mr. Michael Skoulikidis, President of the Greek Yachting Association, made reference to the Greek yachting tourism’s rise in a highly demanding and competitive international market. In addition, he emphasized the exponential growth of the MEDYS, which in just a few years has evolved into the largest (in terms of registration numbers) international exhibition of professional crewed yachts.

Number of yachts: 102 registered yachts.
Number of brokers: More than 450 industry professionals.
Countries represented: Unites States of America, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, China, Monaco, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, France, Italy, Germany, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Austria, Argentina, British Virgin Isles, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Montenegro, Croatia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Seychelles, Holland, Hong Kong and Egypt.
Number of exhibitors: 34 exhibition stands with yachting-related services & products.

Amongst the companies participating in the show were Burgess, Camper & Nicholsons International, Edmiston, Fraser Yachts, Yachting Partners International, CharterWorld, CSO Yachts, IYC, Northrop & Johnson, TWW Yachts, Yachtzoo, Luxury Charter Group and West Nautical. Representatives of the Worldwide Yachting Association (MYBA) also attended the MEDYS.

The highly anticipated Chef’s competition took place within the context of the show and the judging panel comprised of the 2 Michelin star Chef of the Spondi restaurant Aggelos Lantos, as well as Chef Thanos Stasinos of the restaurants Nikkei (Athens), Pacific (Monte Carlo) and the Ritz Carlton (Valencia).

Attendees were able to enjoy truly unique experiences through the variety of events and parties organized throughout the yacht show, while on Wednesday 8 May the winners of the Chefs’ Competition were announced in a farewell celebration at the MEDYS Lounge. The evening continued with a party organized by the Hellenic Yacht Crew Association (HYCA) along with the GYA’s support, dedicated to the yacht crews.

The MEDYS is organized by the GYA with the support of the Municipality of Nafplion, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism. Given the growing and complicated needs of organizing such a show, a successful outcome would not be possible without the direct and continuous support of the services of the Municipality of Nafplion. The MEDYS also has the support of the Peloponnese Region.

Sponsors of this year’s show:


Official Greek Magazine: Skipper ONDECK
Media Sponsors: Yachting Magazine, Yacht Way Magazine


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.