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Superyachts charter brokers tour the Campania region. Photo by Anders Stromberg

Superyachts charter brokers tour the Campania region. Photo by Anders Stromberg

The fourth edition of the event By Tourist on the Sea concluded on a high note. It gathered a selected group of superyacht charter brokers for a three-day tour that served to showcase Naples, Capri, Positano and Amalfi as an attractive superyacht destination in Italy. Delegates from leading yacht charter and brokerage firms based in the US, UK, France, Monaco and Germany as well as Italy attended the tour that drew to a close on May 9.

The group cruised on the Turkish gullet Silver Star from Positano to Capri and from there to Amalfi. The trip provided a first-hand view of the natural beauty of the coastline.

In addition, Attendees experienced the culinary excellence the area offers, with several Michelin starred chefs preparing meals throughout the weekend.

Superyacht destination
“I think yacht tourism in the [Campania region] has improved in the last 3 to 4 years,” says Paola Gatti, CEO of Forzatre, an Italian charter house. “The yacht charter cruise asks to start in this area, to spend few days there and then to move to the islands nearby. There are good marinas well served with very good assistance. The location is superb, there are many place to visit on land and lots of excellent restaurants,” she concludes.

Francesco Luise of yacht register and services company Luise Group concurs. The number of yachts assisted by the company in 2015 was close to 650 and the trend for the coming season is positive.

“This is confirmed by the number of new yachts launched and also the larger number of charter contracts signed for 2015-2016. We suffered indeed in the past but I must say that the past two years at least have been very good for the business. I notice the trend is up by 15%,” Luise comments. He also notes that visiting superyachts generate around 2,500 to 3,000 calls at each port such as Naples, Capri and Ischia Islands, the Amalfi coast and Sorrento. “We do in fact assist the same yacht in all those locations,” he says.

Based in Naples, Luise Group is a registered ship and yacht agent that has specialised in yachting since 1847.  Francesco Luise comments: “I’m very proud to say that we can name a big number of yachts that we have served, including Eclipse, Dilbar, Serene, Rising Sun, Katara, Octopus, Topaz, Al Mirqab, Octopus, Savannah and Symphony, to name but a few.”

Refit activities
Delegates also had the opportunity to tour the Naples site of Palumbo Shipyard. The company revealed to Superyacht Business that it’s working on a number of refit projects in the commercial shipping and yachting sectors.

Turquoise, a 24m Navetta CRN Riva built in 1971, is currently in the shed for a complete restoration of all interiors and systems. The refit work, however, will maintain its original style and concept. The only addition to the original project is a bathing platform and implementation of the upper deck for a flybridge.

Motoryacht Eleonora III, the 40m Columbus Sport Hybrid motoryacht, is also at the Palumbo Naples site for refit. Delivered in 2013, the yacht was built on spec by the shipyard and the owner wished to give his personal touch to the yacht with minor changes to the interiors.

By Tourist on the Sea
Luisa Del Sorbo, founding partner of By Tourist, created the event in partnership with yacht services specialist Luise Group to promote the Campania region.
The next By Tourist on the Sea is exclusive for superyacht captains and the event is scheduled to take place from 7-10 November this year.

The event will be run in conjunction with several partners including the Luise Group, Italian Yacht Masters, Marina Molo Luise, Stabia Main Port, OceanoMare, Versilia Supply Service and the Palumbo Shipyard.