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TYBA Yacht Charter Show Goes from Strength to Strength

The TYBA Yacht Charter Show, a 5-day B2B event, wrapped up on 7 May with an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere. Hosted by TYBA Yachting and Brokers Association (TYBA) since 2018, the event has emerged as a pivotal gathering for the global yachting community.

This year's showcase boasted 52 luxury yachts, some reaching up to 55 meters in length, attracting nearly 350 charter brokers and 20 exhibitor companies from 18  countries . Moreover, the event welcomed prominent  international and local yacht press and an influencer to spotlight Turkey's offerings in global yacht tourism, highlighting its natural beauty, cultural richness, top-notch facilities, and luxurious vessels, including traditional Gulet sailing yachts.

The TYBA Yacht Charter Show continued to foster closer ties among industry players, facilitating crucial deals. Each day, networking events were held aboard the showcased yachts, providing ample opportunities for interaction among participants.

The opening ceremony of the fair was graced by the presence of several distinguished guests including Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca, Fethiye Chamber of Trade President Osman Çıralı, IMEAK Chamber of Shipping Fethiye Branch President İlkay Tugay, Bodrum Branch President Orhan Dinç  as well as local and foreign guests and journalists.

Fethiye Mayor Alim Karaca spoke at the ceremony, emphasising their initiatives to boost Turkey's tourism promotion. He also applauded TYBA for their commitment to raising awareness about Turkish yacht tourism.

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After the completion of the show Güneş Aysun, President of TYBA, shared his thoughts on this year's show: “This year marked the 3rd edition of the TYBA Yacht Charter Show at D Marin Göcek, and the 5th overall. We observed increased interest from both local and international agencies and media compared to previous years. Due to space constraints, we were limited to approximately 50 exhibited yachts within D Marin's premises, with a few additional boats hosted in Alarga.

"While I believe the ideal number of exhibited yachts could reach 60 for optimal viewing, exceeding this may diminish the overall experience. Our events followed the familiar program structure, albeit with a few minor hiccups, which we aim to address in the future. Compared to previous years, we've experienced a notable increase in press coverage, indicating a more enduring presence in the international yacht charter calendar."

H. Serhan Cengiz, TYBA Vice President and Chair of the Yacht Charter Show Committee, also commented: “Our TYBA Yacht Charter Show at D-Marin Gocek, which we have successfully completed for the fifth time this year, has reinforced its place in yachting calendars as one of the important shows held in the Mediterranean basin. The diversity, abundance, and excellence of the showcased yachts received praise from both local and international attendees, as well as the yachting press.

"Year after year, we've raised the bar of success for our show and are pleased with its current standing. By expanding exhibitor numbers, attracting foreign brokers, and increasing media involvement, we're actively promoting Turkish yacht tourism. Looking ahead, we're dedicated to further improvement, fueled by the voluntary support of our association members.”

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Winners of this year's competitions:

Most Welcoming Crew:
Joint Ist place: Yazz and Double Eagle

Chef Competition:
1st Place: Deep Water
2nd Place: Queen of Salamakis
3rd Place: La Bella Vita

Honored Mentions for Cooking: 
North Wind and Double Eagle

Best Cocktail:
1st Place: La Bella Vita
2nd Place: Yazz
3rd Place: North Wind

Founded in 2017, TYBA plays a pivotal role in shaping Turkey's yacht tourism industry. With 98 dedicated corporate members and a fleet of 800 charter boats adhering to its high standards, TYBA has established itself as a driving force in the world of Turkish yachting.

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