Is it safe to charter in Turkey?

In this article, I will discuss the safety of traveling to Turkey post-2016 coup d’état and the effects this has had on tourism.

Istanbul

Over the past few years, specifically from 2016 onwards, Turkey has seen the downfall in tourism due to political conflicts and terror-related instances. In this article, I aim to dissect Turkeys conflicting past, understand what affects this is having to the present and what this means for the future.


Demographics

Turkey – where east meets west. A culturally vibrant corner of the Mediterranean enriched by its ancient history. Turkey is home to over 82 million people. Away from the larger towns, such as Istanbul or Bodrum lays a country of vastness. Approximately 104.5 people per square kilometer as opposed to England’s 427 people per square kilometer. (Statista, 2017).


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Education

While there are some problematic trends include rising unemployment and inflation, education in Turkey still remains strong. The literacy rate is high at 95.6%, a surprising statistic, however, the Turkish take their education seriously, even in rural areas. The most common foreign language, besides the native dialects, is English. Children residing in Turkey are enrolled in mandatory English classes from ages 8. Subsequently, in this culturally diverse country, the population can still communicate well with holidaymakers. (Turkey Population, 2018).

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Political unrest

Turkey was consumed by a failed Coup d’état, a word that derives from the French language “To overthrow of an existing government”. Coups are generally a quick and sudden act of violence by a small sect of people, often military. Since 1950 an astonishing 463 Coup attempts have happened worldwide with an even more staggering statistic that 233 Coups were successful – just over 50% success rate. (Besaw, C. 2018).  In the last century, there have only been two years where a Coup was not attempted, 2007 and 2018. According to OEFResearch’s Coupcast predicts that Turkey is down in the risk of another Coup, while countries like Thailand, ranked 2nd highest in `odds of a coup attempt` are up in their risk. (Coupcast, 2019).

Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul.

The Turkish Coup, arranged by the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), attempted to seize control in several politically important areas including Ankara and Istanbul. The Coup was formed in retaliation to the Government, who was accused of controlling the media and what deemed to be enforcing undemocratic laws. The delivery of Coups are generally over quickly, however, the accusations towards to Government in question and the outcome never recede as quickly as the delivery of the Coup.

BBQ on the bow – what more could you want.

Turkey was in a state of shock, with many people killed and arrested it was a very dark time in Turkeys 95-year political history. What was often missed out in the media was something quite unprecedented. The civilians of Turkey took to the streets armed with kitchen utensils, garden tools to fight against the Turkish Armed Forces. Shoulder to shoulder with the loyalist soldiers and the Turkish police force, they were able to defeat the coup attempt within a few hours.

Early morning, Gocek.

Ancient trading routes

The years following the devastating events took a toll on Turkey in many ways – but most importantly the Tourism. Turkey is no stranger to hosting different cultures. Turkey is home to one of the many ancient networking trade routes that linked the east and west. These ancient trade routes, named famously as the ‘Silk Roads’ became established in the Han Dynasty of China era, which dates back between the times of 130BC – 1453CE. According to the European explorer Marco Polo, he noted down that the roads were used for the delivery of many goods including livestock, spices, foods, and carpets. (Masefield, J. 2011).

One of the many Silk Road routes.

The trading routes which networked through Turkey meant they were more advanced in their lifestyle development than what Europe ever was until it came to the industrial revolution. In the turn of the century, Turkey turned to tourism as being one of its main revenue sources. Turkey did this extremely well and what was impressive is that it didn’t even have to try, it sold itself. The country appeals to the masses. You have history, architecture, beaches, nightlife, sailing, exploring, tracking, health tourism and all at an extremely reasonable price. Direct flights from London means you can be totally immersed in the hustle and bustle of Turkish life within four hours.

One of my most favourite places on earth, Fethiye.

Tourism

In 2014, Turkey was ranked 6th most popular tourist destination in the world, 42 million foreign tourists traveled to enjoy all of what Turkey has to offer. This injected 32 billion euros of revenue, this provided socioeconomic growth throughout the country. (Daily Sabah, 2015). Since 2014 tourism started to decline due to the political situation that Turkey was involved in. In 2015 tourism dropped by 6 million and then in 2016 it dropped another 11 million resulting in a total drop of 17 million. This was detrimental to the country when they needed the money most. Recovery began in 2017 when tourism increased to 32 million, still 10 million less than when Turkey was in its heyday.

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Sailing

Nautical tourism is increasing in popularity for holiday choices. With the rise of Flotilla holidays where certificates are not always needed and thousands of bareboats around the world, it has created an accessible industry for various classes. Just like traveling by plane, yachting was seen as elitist. It was more expensive to charter yachts 30/40 years ago because there simply wasn’t a lot of yachts to charter. With the advancement of ship manufacturing, and marina building it has created a gap in the market for sailing holidays.

Two traditional sailing yachts, Gullets.

With more hulls in the water, this gave way to more accessible sailing, typically in the Mediterranean. Turkey grabbed at this opportunity and concentrated on building the infrastructure to hold yachts of all sizes and types. Turkey has many attributes that sailors look out for mainly sailing conditions and anchorages.

Marmaris

The Mediterranean is typically popular because of line of sight sailing which means even novice sailors can get around with ease. Adding to this, there is barely any tide to factor making anchoring, passage planning and general maneuvering of the yacht easier.

Temple of Apollo

Turkey is in the prime position for an eclectic mix of chartering. The wide range of yachts that take advantage of this historic country may surprise you. From traditional sailing boats all the way through to superyachts – this country has something for everyone. Not only does Turkey offer some of the best sailing in the Mediterranean, but it also offers a lot of excursions on land too.

Lycia, Fethyie

Historical sites dating back to a mind-blowing 10th millennium BC. Turkey is also famed for its Turkish Hammams, which are extremely popular not just in Turkey but worldwide. Turkish Hammams combines the Roman baths and the Arabic steam baths, Hammam is actually the Arabic word for ‘bath’.

Hierapolis

To date, France and Turkey have the same threat level on the UK Home Office travel advice page stating that attacks are very likely to be carried out. However, this did not stop 89 million tourists visiting France alone in 2018. This indicates that even though there are threat levels people are still willing to visit terror hit countries. It begs the question that perhaps culture is more the defining factor rather than the threat level.

Fethyie

Personally, I believe as a nation, and as a fellow sailor, we should not let these terrorist groups dictate our lives and hinder what we can and cannot enjoy in life. This is not to say we should not proceed with caution, but if we exercise too much caution, we could overlook some of the most beautiful countries in the world.


Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

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Beautiful Bodrum: A Turkish Delight

Having just read  Mark Twain’s “Innocents Abroad,” a classic account of tourism in Turkey, we’re now very excited about the thought of heading to the Turkish coast this summer.

Lying opposite the Greek island of Kos and jutting out into the Aegean, the waters off the Bodrum peninsula are perfect for a summer sailing holiday. The vibe is distinctly east meets west. The cuisine, bazaars and hammams are inherently oriental, with an easy going culture blending mosques with a bikini led lifestyle. Development has been carefully monitored and much of the peninsula retains its intrinsic character. The coastal towns and villages remain low rise against a back drop of pine clad hills, and are decorated by reflective and glorious blue water.

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Thanksgiving, Turkey and Malades Restaurant Bodrum

What’s your trick to preparing Turkey for Thanksgiving? All this talk about the celebratory bird has got us thinking about family celebrations, warmer climates and Turkey! The Turkish coastline boasts more than a thousand kilometres of shoreline, sharing the same crystal clear warm waters as popular neighbour Greece. With an abundance of history, archaeological sights and breathtaking views, the Turkish Riviera is a must visit during summer 2015!

Bella-Mare

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An Undiscovered Gem: Marmaris, the Perfect Charter Location.

1The rugged coastline around Marmaris is an undiscovered gem. Delve deeper into the Turkish coastline and discover the many blue lagoons and golden sands with a luxury boat of your choice.

Once a sleepy fishing village, Marmaris has been injected with life and is now considered a holiday mecca. Marmaris rests on a natural harbour, creating an authentic and picturesque setting. Local foods and spices can be smelt and tasted as you wander up the cobbled streets of the old town.

Marmarmis has a lot to offer; why not visit the Open-air Cinema behind the Keyif Bar? Open from June until Septeber, all movies are English language releases and are screened at sunset, providing a perfect opportunity to put your feet up after a rewarding day of sightseeing. The fortress of Marmaris was built during the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. This impressive feat of engineering can be seen far out from sea and it is definitely worth paying a visit. Nautical and historical exhibitions are held frequently and are open to the public during the summer months. The view is breathtaking and a large stretch of the Turkish coastline can be seen from the fort’s tower.

Main1At night Marmaris comes alive. Boutique jewelry, exotic spices and silk garments are available to buy from the many stalls at the night bazaar in the old town. The vibrant atmosphere of the tradesman and local musicians merged with the bright lights and distinctive smells creates for an enthralling experience. Why not take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the the night market and sip Efes, the local beer. This sweetly brewed beer is a must have when in this region of Turkey. During the day however,  is the perfect opportunity to try Ayran, the delectable and refreshing yogurt based beverage that’s very healthy and cooling.

Marmaris functions as Turkey’s most modern and equipped yacht-charter port throughout the whole of Turkey. Here at Boatbookings, we have many lavish and stylish yachts and motorboats at your disposal.

GOLDEN K is the ultimate luxury motorboat. It’s slick and slender design is very pleasing on the eyes and chartering this nautical masterpiece is a must! It is fully equipped with 4 state of the art cabins, all with the latest mod cons. The walk-in shower in the Master Bathroom and spacious upper deck definitely ooze elegance and style. GOLDEN K

At Boatbookings,we organise luxury yacht charters all around the world with our highly qualified team. We leave no stone unturned in matching not just the yacht and the destination to your requirements but also the crew, itineraries and all other subtle aspects that comes together to create a charter of a life time!

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Discovering the Brilliance of Bodrum!

Bodrum is not well known as a chartering destination, but it can easily compete with the best there is to offer through out the rest of the Mediterranean! It is a district and a port city in Mugla Province, in the southwestern Aegean Region of Turkey and has a truly fascinating melange of history, beauty and culture.

It would serve as a magnificent starting point from which to set out and explore the many delights that the Turkish coast offers; be it Marmaris and Knidos or Gocek and Antalya for example. Bodrum itself is famous for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (though it was unfortunately destroyed by the Crusaders to build Bodrum Castle). Some of the other spectacular sights you can see are the Myndos Gate and City ruins and the Cevat Sakir and Zeki Muren museums to name but a few. Bodrum is a beautiful cosmopolitan and sophisticated city where something is always going on.

The peninsular itself, and the coast around Bodum also houses a wealth of beaches, coves, and islets and there are a huge number of festivals happening through out the year; from ballet to camel wrestling. Why not look to charter PAPA JOE, a traditional Turkish GULET that provides guests with plenty of space as well as luxury. If you are looking for a week or two to transport yourself away from the cares of home or even to celebrate a marriage then look no further. Let PAPA JOE take you on an idyllic tour of Turkey and wash your worries away!

At www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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London Boat Show 2013 Review, Part II

Following on from our first report from this years London Boat Show, Part II aims to round up the rest of the exhibition in terms of exciting new releases and charter destinations. We have already spoken very highly of the Predator 68 and San Remo Sunseeker models, but it would be incorrect to say that these were the only two yachts worth seeing.

There is always a lot of hype around the release of a luxury Italian product, in particular when it is from the exclusive Ferretti Group and Riva. The Iseo is designed as a ‘runabout’ and is the perfect vessel for those who love to cruise on lakes in style. Norberto Ferretti, chairman of the group states, “After the wooden classics like the Ariston and the Florida, which made the history of our shipyard in the smaller yacht range, Riva today has introduced another small yacht that encompasses the values that have made Riva the legend it is today: meticulous craftsmanship, uniqueness, elegance and painstaking attention to detail.” Are you looking to charter a classic Riva? Look no further than the beautiful Aquarama on Lake Garda, accommodating up to 7 guests for a luxury cruise. She has a great captain, who is very insightful, professional and hospitable, ensuring you have the very best day out possible.

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We met up with one of our closest suppliers at the show, who are based around Bodrum and specialise in bareboat and skippered monohull and catamaran charters. Have you never been to this region before? Please see the following link to our sample 7 day itinerary for inspiration on your holiday. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday, where you can explore the natural wonders of the Turkish coastline, including secluded bays and anchorages, then look no further than Turkey.

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Luxury Charter Yacht DEVOCEAN Available for Charter This Summer!

DEVOCEAN is a stunning Sunseeker available for charter this Summer in Croatia and the East Mediterranean. She has 5 stunning cabins, suitable for accommodating up to 10 guests.

On board, there is plenty of space in each of the cabins, in 4 double cabins and 1 twin cabin. Enjoy the water toys on board which include jet skis too.

On board, you'll have full use of excellent areas to relax such as the al fresco dining area shown above, which can comfortably sit 8 guests while you gaze out onto the beautiful sights of Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Her sky lounge is an excellent place to relax, with a full bar and plenty of space to enjoy and share this once in a lifetime charter with your friends and family!

Have you never chartered before? At  www.boatbookings.com, we welcome everyone from sailing professionals to complete novices and will help you at every step of the way to make your dreams a reality. We have a team of highly skilled professionals who are extremely knowledgeable in their destinations and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

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Our Top Luxury Gulets for Charter Part 2!

Gulets are always a popular choice for charter in the eastern Mediterranean, but with so many to choose from how do you know which one to go for? We have had a look and hand-picked some of the best gulets that we have to offer.

DEA DELMARE

Launched in 2009, DEA DELMARE was designed with peace and relaxation in mind. With expansive decks and spacious salon, you are welcomed in to this comfortable and calm environment.  This gulet is a beautiful classic motor sailor based in Turkey, her range of water toys will encourage you to take a dip in the warm Mediterranean waters.

GRANDE MARE


GRANDE MARE can accommodate up to 12 guests in 6 cabins. This gulet has plenty of space to provide for a large group, whether you want a holiday with family or friends. If you enjoy the sun GRANDE MARE has large decks, so you can watch the world go by as you embark on your charter – perhaps a Blue Cruise takes your fancy?

Interested in chartering a gulet? Head to www.boatbookings.com, the leading online yacht charter broker and one of our Charter Specialists will get back to you shortly.
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