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Booking up: The charter forecast for 2018

Booking up: The charter forecast for 2018

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Full steam for the Med

“All signs point to another very good year; Caribbean bookings are still coming in and there has been good flow for the Med,” says bluewater’s Jim Acher. Traditional destinations are still expected to thrive but the Adriatic is predicted to welcome a record number of charter yachts. “The Western Mediterranean remains the most popular charter destination, with most clients wanting to cruise around the South of France and Italy,” says Gathercole. “However, Croatia is becoming increasingly popular, with demand for this region increasing every year.” With better facilities in the region – two new marinas (Portonovi and Luštica Bay) are scheduled to open in Montenegro this summer – and Albania looking to get a slice of the superyacht action, this looks set to grow. “The Adriatic increases in popularity year on year with many owners now basing their yachts there for the entire summer season and yielding good results,” adds Harwood.

"Croatia will be one of the hottest markets due to tourism marketing, word of mouth and more owners wanting to visit the Dalmatian Coast," says Shannon McCoy, luxury yacht advisor at Worth Avenue Yachts. "They have done a great job to raise awareness of their beautiful country."

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