Positive season for Kiriacoulis Italia which will participate in the next Boat Show Genoa International, scheduled from 16 to 21 September: an opportunity to take stock of the season and to meet travel agencies.
The sailing holiday, whose requests increased in the post-Covid period, offers the opportunity to live in contact with the sea, in freedom, with family or with a small number of friends. The travel agency not only offers the customer the opportunity for a unique holiday but can build a complete package by adding ground services as well.
Kiriacoulis Italia is part of Kiriacoulis Mediterranean and has multiple interests, among these, through the Kg med marina, it manages a network of tourist ports, with about 3,000 berths. Kiriacoulis is organized with 25 assistance bases of which 23 in the Mediterranean (seven in Italy).
“The boats have started to work continuously from mid-June until now – comments Luciano Rigli, head of Kiriacoulis in Italy – In our reality, Italians did not reach 10% of bookings before Covid, now the percentage is around 45%. The more holiday audience has grown, which has less experience and therefore also requires a skipper. A sailing holiday is absolute freedom, it is an experience. On board you have to do without some comforts but the real pluses are those that represent the real experience ».
Kiriacoulis has seen an increase in requests from travel agencies. «A lot of contacts with the adv this season – adds Rigli – but unfortunately we no longer had availability. We have already opened reservations for 2022. For the next season we will launch a novelty for those who book a boat in Sardinia: thegift of maritime transport to reach the island, departing from Livorno and Piombino with Moby ».
The nautical sector in general is growing strongly. Shipyards have increased boat production but there are big problems in having deliveries for 2022 and 2023. Covid has revealed this type of experience and there is a strong additional demand from different markets. The bulk of the boats produced are built in Europe and especially in France. «For the charter sector, the problem is determined by ports: if there is no protection against the charter business (which now operates in a precarious way), serious development is impossible. Concrete actions are needed – concludes Luciano Rigli – At the Genoa Boat Show we hope to meet many agencies to explain to them the language of a segment that will grow a lot in the future. A great opportunity for adv who want to get out of the crisis».