However, recent conflict in the Middle East has seen some charter clients staying away from Turkey. “We have heard some news about ISIS safety alerts for Turkey,” adds Yada, who is keen to dispel any fears. “But it is so easy to see that the activity of ISIS is more than a thousand miles away from us. Turkey and Greece have patrolling war ships and you cannot fight a war ship with a tender. So I believe that there is nothing to fear with regards to a threat from ISIS. If there was then we wouldn’t do this job because there is nothing more important than a human life.”
"Here you always get a crewmember showing you around, which is much nicer. There is no point for a yacht management company showing me around the boat because I don’t get to talk to any of the crew and I don’t get a feel for them.”
Because of the rapid increase in popularity in Turkish Charters, Cem Boz, managing director of Contact Turkey Yachting is concerned about the need for more Turkish crew. “Because we have had a lot of Turkish-build boats go abroad, many have gone to the Caribbean and South America,” he explains. “So when the boats here are looking for new crew, they are having problems.”
“I love this show because they give you so many opportunities to mix with the crew, not just when you go on board,” concludes Beverly Parsons, charter broker at Interpac Yachts. “Other boat shows are so big now they keep the brokers and the crew so separate, but what I love about Marmaris is that you get to know the crew a little better because they are the most important part of any charter. I think that aspect is really crucial and something that is lost in shows that have become so big.”
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