The inaugural Superyacht Summit Türkiye (SST) took place on November 30 in Istanbul at Ciragan Palace. The event brought together 250 of the superyacht industry’s elite peers from around the globe to shed a spotlight on yachting in the region.
The one-day summit featured a mix of keynote speakers and networking opportunities. Presentations included the current state of the Turkish market, regulations, charters, legal matters, sustainability, branding, marketing, luxury tourism and submersibles.
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James Jaffa, CEO of Jaffa & Co and one of the speakers stated, ‘’I was privileged to speak at the SST 2023 and be amongst such an illustrious panel of speakers. It was a real pleasure for me to see people of significant seniority and depth of expertise within the superyacht market gather in Istanbul. The overwhelming feeling is that we can’t wait for the next edition, I highly recommend you make the journey in 2024.”
As a partner, YATCO is thrilled to see the program come to fruition and bring more knowledge and insight into the yachting industry in this booming region.
Co-Founder of event organizer WeAreSuperyachts, Oguz Bilgin shared, “The Superyacht Summit Türkiye stands as a catalyst for the ongoing expansion of the thriving Turkish market. Beyond being a meeting of minds, the summit represents a strategic intersection where expertise, innovation, and collaborative spirit meet. It’s the dynamic that keeps the magic happening in the world of yachting.”
According to organizers, “The summit boasted C-suite attendance from all major Turkish shipyards, brokerages, lawyers, designers, and subcontractors. Approximately 20 superyacht captains and some yacht owners were also present, alongside the active participation of major Turkish associations, including YATED, TYBA, and YBA. The summit spanned a full day, running from 9 am to 8 pm, ensuring ample time for networking, learning, and collaboration.”
Bogdan Gusarev co-founder of WeAreSuperyachts commented, “Our mission was to bring industry leaders together to connect, learn, and explore better business practices in Türkiye while also fostering stronger ties with the global market. With over 30% of attendees joining from outside the country, I believe we’ve successfully achieved our goals.”
WeAreSuperyachts has announced dates of their following Summits including the first Superyacht Summit Adriatic in April 2024, and the second annual Superyacht Summit Türkiye 2024 to take place November 26 and 27, 2024.