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New marina in the north highlights delays in the south

By Sue Richards last modified Mar 07, 2010 10:02 PM

Published: 2010-03-07 22:02:11
Countries: Cyprus

As reported in www.cyprus-mail.com
Our thanks to Peter Myatt for bringing this news item to our attention.

By Elias Hazou
Published on March 5, 2010

The pending completion of a new marina in the north of Cyprus has again highlighted the delays in the south of tapping into the nautical tourism market.

Karpaz Gate Marina, located in the Karpas peninsula, is due to be finished on schedule in the spring of 2011.

According to a report in the latest edition of the Karpaz Times, the under-construction marina will boast some 300 berths and have access to an expansive 18,000sqm dry dock for refit and repairs to aid with both maintenance and storage. Another enhancement is a 300 tonne crane.

Touted as “a first class tourist destination,” the marina’s first stage of development includes two 5 star deluxe hotels, a commercial promenade with shops, restaurants and bars At a later stage the site development will continue with a Holiday Village comprising of an additional self-catering hotel and bungalows.

Other services on offer include Wi-Fi bars, car hire, travel; services, a cinema and chandlery, state-of-the-art security cameras. A casino is also on the cards by the end of 2012. There will be enough space for super yachts to manoeuvre, and the marina will avail of facilities such as battery, sewage and oil disposal, as well as fuel.

The north currently has another smaller facility, the Delta Marina in Kyrenia harbour.

In the south, progress has been far slower, but finally there’s been some movement on the radar screen.

Construction of the new marina in Limassol is set to get underway this month. During a presentation to Cyprus Tourism Organisation last week, the joint venture said the project should be ready in two years’ time.

But that ETA sounds “too optimistic,” said Glafkos Kariolou, an aquatic tourism expert with the CTO.

In all likelihood, it would take two years only for the actual construction, he added.

The official plans for the €300 million complex include 586 berths for craft of various sizes, restaurants, cafes, shops and conference space. More controversially, the plans also include 280 villas – some 160 of which will have their own private moorings – as well as luxury apartments.

Meanwhile two more marinas are in the pipeline, one in Paphos the other in Ayia Napa, as well as an expansion to the existing – and congested – Larnaca marina.

To get some perspective on how much time has been wasted, Kariolou said, one needs only to recall that a Cabinet decision to promote nautical tourism was taken 16 years ago –March 2, 1994.

Kariolou said that at the moment there was no competition with the north or with mainland Turkey, quite simply because the south of Cyprus has no marinas anyway.

“In the yachting market, competition is all about quality, not quantity. We’ll have no problem filling up our berths here once our marinas open. Demand far outstrips supply. There are approximately 6.5 million craft seeking shelter in the Mediterranean, compared to 1.5 million berths. The big question is getting the elite customers.”

One thing about the new Limassol marina is that its operators are Camper & Nicholsons International, a global leader in luxury yachting activities.

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