Boat rental became very popular during the height of COVID-19 for those who could afford it, as it offered secluded vacations, but even as the pandemic situation improves, sailing vacations have not fallen into disrepair. disgrace, on the contrary, the demand for boat rentals is only getting stronger, according to people in the industry.
“Compared to last year, advance bookings increased by 43%, while our sales volume increased by 72%,” said Baran Yılmaz, CEO of yacht charter platform viviravira.co.
Especially large families and people who go on vacation with a group of friends are interested in rental boats.
Early booking data for yacht charter suggests that the preferred destination will be the famous town of Göcek in the southwestern province of Muğla.
Some 18%, who have already booked a boat, will be heading to Fethiye, with a further 14% setting sail for Bozburun this summer. Both neighborhoods are in Muğla.
Marmaris, Bodrum, Kaş, İzmir and Datça seem to be the other favorite destinations for those who choose to spend their holidays by boat this summer.
Yachts, catamarans, sailboats and motor yachts are available for charter at varying prices, depending on the number of passengers and the type of boat.
Weekly rental prices per person for a sailboat with a capacity of eight passengers start from 3,000 Turkish Liras ($200). The fare for a catamaran is around 5,000 lira and for motor yachts it is 6,500 lira.
Industry folks expect domestic tourism activity, which was impacted last year and in 2020 by COVID-19, to pick up again this summer and drive demand for hotels and alternative vacation spots. .
For example, interest in caravan holidays, the popularity of which has also increased over the past two years due to the pandemic, has also not disappeared despite the increased costs resulting from the rise in prices of gasoline.
Travelers aren’t likely to give up some of the habits they’ve developed during the pandemic, and caravan vacations are one of them, according to Eren Gündüz, deputy general manager responsible for car rentals at Otokoç Otomotiv.
“People have increasingly turned to caravans, boats and bungalows to get away from the crowds while on holiday over the past couple of years. Meanwhile, the caravan rental business has grown “said Gündüz.
The executive expects interest in caravan rentals to remain robust this summer.