karpazBy David Robinson

Becoming the 18th member of ART Marine’s international marinas network provides Karpaz Gate Marina (KGM) in Northern Cyprus with a number of key benefits. These include a strengthening of its international marketing and awareness building, plus the inherent benefits provided to KGM berth holders by having access to other member marinas in the network.

Being the newest and only international standard marina in Northern Cyprus means that KGM not only has the day-to-day challenges of running a quality marina facility, but it also has roles – promoting the country and what it has to offer, as well as engaging with the local community and building knowledge and experience of a boating culture.

KGM offers 300 berths for yachts up to 55m (180ft), although it has already handled craft over 70m (230ft). This latest endorsement for the 5 Gold Anchor-rated marina in Northern Cyprus will also further open up the East Mediterranean cruising area by offering reassurance to boat owners that a high-standard marina is located in the heart of the region.

The other 17 marinas in the network include leading facilities in the UAE, Egypt, Oman, Maldives, Bulgaria, Turkey, Croatia, China, Singapore, Bahrain, Malaysia and Thailand. For KGM, the advantage of this is that it will inevitably build awareness of the marina and its location and the fact that it a deserted part of the Mediterranean for any yachts which to cruise in the Eastern Med.

As one of the latest members to sign an agreement to join the expanding network, KGM can now offer its clients substantial privileges and discounts when they visit other Destinations marinas located throughout the Middle East, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and South East Asia. Reciprocal benefits for berth holders at the affiliated marinas include three days per year free berthing, 20% discount on any extended stay and 10% discount on selected food and beverage and specific services.

Deniz Akaltan, harbour master at Karpaz Gate Marina, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer our berth holders some significant new privileges and confident that our alliance with the ART Marine Marinas Destinations network will further increase the accessibility and appeal of the East Med, enabling more people to discover this exciting sailing region. We anticipate it will allow more yachts to choose to cruise in the area and explore new places with the reassurance that they will be welcomed at a high-quality marina that is part of a wider, elite family.

“We are very proud to receive this professional recognition of the high standard of our services and facilities, and welcome the chance to explore new opportunities by building stronger relationships with some of the best marinas in the world. At KGM we are constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance the services, value for money and overall experience offered to our berth holders and visitors. We believe that joining the exclusive Destinations network is very positive news for all our current and potential berth holders.

Alongside building international awareness KGM is also engaging with the local community through sponsorship of school teams, sailing lessons and swimming classes for children up to 15. This is all part of KGM’s strategy to develop a boating culture in Northern Cyprus.