GYBDA (The Gibraltar Yachting Business Development Association) successfully launched its first major international event.
Chairman of GYBDA Richard Felipes told B2B:
“This was a true show of all parties working together in full collaboration, to put Gibraltar firmly on the yachting map as a key destination and jurisdiction for all yacht and super yacht owners and management companies”.
The GYBDA ambition is to develop our offering and services in order to attract yachts to stay in Gibraltar for longer, thereby reaping the economic benefits of the significant disposable income that this sector leaves in the wider economy.
The event involved a reception cocktail on board Super Yacht “PRIDE” for key players involved in the international Yachting Industry. With over 100 invited guests attending with representatives of key management companies, yacht brokers, yacht captains, Lloyd’s Underwriters and P & I representatives, to mention just a few.
Each year the Monaco show exhibits over 125 extraordinary one-off super yachts built by some of the world’s most respected shipyards. They also entertain five hundred plus leading companies from throughout the Industry.
Gibraltar has a huge advantage over many of the world’s leading ports in that it is the key passageway to and from the Atlantic into the Mediterranean.
Gibraltar offers excellent bunkering, light refit facilities, expert agency support, industry training courses, an airport for crew changes, and of course yacht registration services. But Gibraltar needs to enhance and capitalise their offering by working towards being able to offer berths and winterisation facilities.
“It is important that Gibraltar has a consistent presence in this and other strategic events, so that we promote and at the same time learn what the industry decision makers seek in a destination, with that in mind the GYBDA is lobbying for Gibraltar to have their own stand at the 2018 Monaco show next year” added Richard.
Minister Gilbert Licudi spoke brilliantly, offering guests an overall historic and touristic insight rounded off with the merits of our Yachting services in Gibraltar.
The Monaco event had the full collaboration of the GPA (Gibraltar Port Authority), the GPOA (The Gibraltar Port Operators Association, the GMA (The Gibraltar Maritime Administration) and with the participation of the Minister for Tourism, Employment, Commercial Aviation and the Port, Gilbert Licudi and the CEO of the Tourist Board Nicky Guerrero, all to whom the GYBDA are enormously grateful.