Dear partners,

After careful consideration of recent developments in the Covid-19 situation and current international travel restrictions, the Greek Yachting Association, in coordination with the Municipality of Nafplion, has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Mediterranean Yacht Show that was set to take place from the 22nd to the 25th of April at the port of Nafplion.

The annual MEDYS is always highly anticipated by the international yachting community but we felt that this was the best way to proceed in order to ensure that everyone associated with the event was kept out of harm’s way. The health and safety of charter brokers & managers, yacht crews, exhibitors, the press as well as the highly involved surrounding community, is always our first and foremost priority.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly as the MEDYS is an event that helps highlight the unique nature of yachting in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and provides an important business tool for our industry.

We would like to express our appreciation for your support and understanding, and assure you that GYA will continue to present new ways for you to discover the many advantages that Greek yachting has to offer. In the meantime, the Virtual Charter Yacht Show is on air and provides a glimpse of some of the finest vessels to grace the Greek seas through a series of in-depth video-tours.

That being said, we would like to end on a positive note: chartering a superyacht is still one of the safest ways to enjoy a vacation. It offers the opportunity of relaxing in a controlled environment -with strict hygiene regimes and cleaning protocols in place- and minimises your time ashore in public areas where risks naturally increase. So, while this may not be a time for "business as usual", we remain confident that yacht charters will remain an exceptional holiday option and will move in an upward trajectory as we adjust and adapt to the times.

We hope that we will be able to meet again, soon and face-to-face, in the welcoming port of Nafplion.

Best Regards,
Board of Directors

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.