May 20, 2022 – The classic sight of Dubrovnik super yachts that can be seen every summer in the pearl of the Adriatic is sorely lacking this year, with wealthy Russian yacht and villa owners avoiding Croatia entirely due to sanctions . It looks like Turkey should make a profit this year.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, a few years ago there were no cruisers, but there were super yachts from Dubrovnik that chose Croatia’s southernmost town as their favorite destination and spent up to to half a million euros in Croatia in just three weeks. They were the absolute guests, especially last year when Croatia set a record for the number of yacht arrivals, so many that Dubrovnik has already been dubbed the Croatian Monte Carlo, writes local portal Dubrovacki vjesnik.
However, this year no yacht owner decided to go down to Dubrovnik, except for the one who was wintering in the port of Gruz. Whether the problem is that the owners of luxury yachts are often Russians who understandably will avoid parts of Europe where they could have their property confiscated or something else, Dubrovacki vjesnik tried to find out from the managers of yachts.
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“The reason for the absence of yacht owners is mainly the situation due to the war in Ukraine, and a large number of yacht owners across the Mediterranean have always been Russians. We do not expect them anywhere in the Mediterranean, not even in Croatia.Turkey will certainly benefit from this because many Russian-owned ships are already in Turkey and therefore this country will certainly have a better season than ours.
It is difficult to predict how many there will be on the other side of the Mediterranean. So far we’ve been doing well, but I expect it to be a little less this season than the previous two pandemic-dominated summers. What will be the numbers, we will see at the end of the season. This year there will also be fewer Americans because of the war in Europe,” Dorijan Dujmic, director of BWA Yachting Croatia.
Compared to 2021, there have also been fewer private planes landing at Dubrovnik airport, and the reason is certainly the same – wealthy Russians are now bypassing Croatia, and Americans looking at a map of Europe still think Croatia is too close to the ongoing conflict, as it looks only centimeters from Ukraine on paper.
“Since the beginning of this year, around 247 business and general aviation (private flights) flights have been operated at Dubrovnik Airport. Compared to last year during the same period, there was an increase in the number of air operations (flights) of about 13.83%,” said Ivan Maslac, commercial director of the airport. from Dubrovnik.
Last year, a significant share of general and business aviation traffic consisted of larger private aircraft (Bombardier Global Express, Gulfstream V, etc.), and Dubrovnik airport expects a large number of general and business aviation traffic this year as well, which will more than likely be of the same profile. Of course, due to the sanctions imposed on Russia due to the war in Ukraine, we expect a smaller number of Russian passengers,” he concluded.
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