A new era for nautical tourism is dawning with the foundation of the Eastern Mediterranean Marinas Network
A founding document – Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Marinas of Ayia Napa, Rhodes, Symi and Kos
The companies managing the Marinas of Ayia Napa, Rhodes, Symi and Kos mutually agreed on the foundation of the Eastern Mediterranean Marinas Network. The main goal of the Network is to upgrade the marinas’ services to boaters and yacht owners as well as the further development of nautical tourism in the wider area of Eastern Mediterranean. The Memorandum of Understanding between the four parties was signed today, Monday, December 4th 2023, by respective representatives of the Marinas’ managing companies. The signing took place at the Event Center of Ayia Napa Marina and was attended by competent authority representatives and officials from the ministries of the Republic of Cyprus. Ayia Napa Marina was represented by Costas Fitiris, Chief Marina Officer.
According to the signed Memorandum of Understanding, the four Marinas that are now members of the Network will collaborate to achieve maximum exposure policies and the formation of terms of development and cooperation. Each member of the Eastern Mediterranean Marinas Network will participate in actions aimed towards promoting the growth of Mediterranean yachting tourism. At the same time, they will make every effort required to provide high-quality services to the Network’s clients, who will enjoy exclusive benefits at the four Marinas-members. Furthermore, the members are committed to the joint organization of the Marinas’ promotional activities, such as conferences, exhibitions and events, trainings and informative seminars for the employees on the topics of promotion, development, safety management, international practices and know-how. Lastly, the members will exchange opinions on matters regarding alternative green energy sources to nullify the carbon footprint of their facilities’ operations and the boat berthing process.
“Today is a significant day for nautical tourism, not only for Cyprus but also for the wider Eastern Mediterranean area. Four marinas, based in Cyprus, Rhodes, Symi and Kos –some of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations– join forces with the main goal of upgrading all aspects of our services and exchanging opinions and expertise for the improvement and growth of nautical tourism, which is a vital sector for the economies of Greece and Cyprus. It is only through collaboration and joint understanding that we can not only maintain the high standards of the services that we provide to boaters but also take things to higher level, one that benefits both our clients and the two countries’ nautical sectors”, stated Mr Fitiris, right after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.
It is worth mentioning that the process of the Memorandum’s signing will be concluded at a similar ceremony that is planned in Athens, between December 6 and 8, 2023, as part of the Athens Boat Show.