The change of location follows much consideration and inspection of various ports by MYBA – the Worldwide Yachting Associaition – who eventually comprised a shortlist of Nice, Genoa and Barcelona, with the MYBA board revealing the Spanish city as the new host yesterday.
One of the deciding factors in the choice of new location was that OneOcean Port Vell is capable of berthing 68 yachts ranging from 22m to 190m. This means the show can now welcome more charter yachts of a longer length.
Indeed, the 2017 event will be held across OneOcean Port Vell’s four quays - Spanish Quay, Barceloneta Quay, Deposit Quay and Sota Muralla Quay – and will make use of the marina’s entire 930 linear metres of quay to house exhibitor tents.
President of MYBA, Fiona Maureso, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pesto Sea Group and the city of Genoa for having hosted the MYBA Charter Show so successfully over the past 16 years. We are naturally very excited about this opportunity to discover OOPV and the city of Barcelona but we will, of course, miss our friends in Italy.”
Accessibility and availability of suitable accommodation also played a significant part in the final decision, with Barcelona’s International Airport just a 25-minute drive away from the marina and operating direct flights daily from 182 destinations.
One of the deciding factors in the choice of new location was that OneOcean Port Vell is capable of berthing 68 superyachts ranging from 22m to 190m
What’s more, Chair of MYBA Charter Shows Panel, James Graham-Cloete, hopes bringing the show to Barcelona will further speed up and enhance any progress in opening up the charter market and corresponding regulations in the region’s beautiful cruising grounds.
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