Cagliari: Free course for becoming a ‘Entertainer Skipper’

The Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari, in the within of the innovative formation of the nautical tourism, is organizing two training courses aimed at the creation of the new professional figure of “Skipper animatore” (‘Entertainer skipper’).
The courses are of the duration of 50 hours everyone. One course is for the students of the “Istituto Nautico Buccari” of Cagliari and the other course is for people who already working in the nautical sector. Both courses started on October 8th and will finish on October 24th.

For further information on those courses, you may send an e-mail to or enter on the website of the Chamber of Commerce of Cagliari through the following link.

International Workshop “New Trends of Tourism in the European Islands”

Five years after its foundation, the Observatory (OTIE) is going to get together its own Technical and Scientific Committee in Brussels. Researchers and students from universities are going to offer their collaboration to complete a research about island tourism. In the occasion of the reconstitution, the TSC is going to give two days of training course on the 22nd and 23rd March 2012 in Brussels that are addressed to students from universities and graduate students, experts of tourism, researchers from research corporations and representatives from public administration offices. Since there is not yet any initiative of the kind in Europe, the event is a unique opportunity for delving into the development of island tourism in the European Union background, which is the main TSC content, in order to emphasize the most successful cases, the best policies and strategies to follow. For further information:


The economic crisis forces the nautical clubs to rent moorings

Yacht clubs of the Spanish coasts do also feel the effects of the economic crisis. Probably to a lesser extent than other sectors, but the decline in the number of boat club memberships and the significant increase of available moorings for sale, are good reflection of the difficult situation affecting also to sailing lovers. This has been confirmed by the managers of two of the most important yacht clubs on the Spanish coast: Cambrils and Salou. Over the last three years they have detected a decline in the economic activity and have had to find ways to adapt to the new economic situation. For many years, Yacht Club of Cambrils had a 100% occupancy rate, but since the beginning of the crisis, many members have decided to sale their boats and moorings. However, this has opened a door to non-members, as it has given them access to acquire temporary mooring rentals (usually for a year) at affordable prices. In Cambrils, an annual mooring rental for a vessel of 8 meters costs around 3,500 €. This new situation has caused the yacht clubs to welcome a new type of customers: young people, with good experience in the nautical world, that are happy because they have now access to rent a mooring for their small boats.


Robotic Parking for boats

This French shipyard allows taking the ship into the water with just pushing a button. It opens 24 hours a day and reduces both, the space and the maintenance of mooring boats.

The French project Phar’O is a fully automated parking for boats from 4.5 to 9 meters. When the customer arrives at the port, he is identified with his personal card and his boat is in just over four minutes, left into the water or, the contrary, is left on land after a day of sailing. Thanks to this system, which idea grounds on distribution tunnels of large factories, a small space can store up to 300 boats. The project works successfully on the coast of Marseille (France) as it reduces annual maintenance costs of the ships on land and it is available 365 days a year. Groupe Financière Duval, the company responsible for the project, hopes to develop over the next five years more than 15 dry ports in France and in some European countries (offering in total, more than 4,500 new berths). As for the cost of leasing these particular parking spaces, the company says they cost like a traditional mooring for such lengths.


The marine industry: a forgotten economic stake in Spain?

Economic times of crisis are good times for new business opportunities. Also for the marine industry? According to a report done by researchers of the Thinkcom group, there is a growing commitment in Spain to nautical sports, marinas and yacht clubs. The impact of this sector on the Spanish economy is around 113,737 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and a contribution of 0.7% to the GDP, 5.536 million Euros. The moorings demand today is much higher than the offer. This should lead to tensions on the price per mooring but should also at the med-term amplify the intensity in the construction of marinas.

2020 forecasts envisage the creation of around 25,000 new moorings in Spain, which will be added to the 126,000 available in 2009. That is, an increase of 20 percent, which confirms the potential for growth of this sector for the next decade. Today there are around 30,000 berths in Catalonia, 21,000 in the Balearic Islands, 19,000 in Valencia and 17,000 in Andalucía.


Valencia, home of the winter training for the America’s Cup

After finishing the third round of the World Series, the 34th America’s Cup in San Diego, will take a recess until starts the fourth round in April 2012 in the city of Naples. Until then, most of the teams involved in the competition have chosen Valencia as their training base to prepare for the next stage of the competition in the Mediterranean waters.



The demand for nautical activities grows by 30% in Spain

More than 2 million nautical tourists visited Spain in 2010, a 9.2% increase from the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Institute of Tourism Studies- FRONTUR. It is one of the few sectors where the crisis has not generated setbacks. Quite the contrary, the activity level was 30% higher in marinas by 2010. This has been the result of the great effort made to position Spain as a destination for sailing. Tourism expenditure of this type of tourism is 2,000 million Euros per season, with an increase of 8.4% compared to previous seasons. Part of this increase is due to tourists coming from Germany and the UK, true fans of these types of activities, with more than 13 million practitioners of water sports.

Nautical tourists travel mainly in July and August. Their average stay is about 7 days, staying in apartments and 4 star hotels in an environment close to where the boating activity takes place. They have high incomes and high education level.  In addition to the German and English markets, the Russian customer has started to emerge.   As for the Spaniards, more than 1.2 million tourists (3.2% of total) took water activities. By region, the first destination chosen by the Spanish nautical tourists was Valencia, who received 19.3% of the total, followed by Catalonia (with 9.5%), Canary Islands 7.1%, Andalusia 5.7%, and the Balearic Islands 5.4%.  All figures show Spain as a perfect country for nautical tourism. With its 7880 km coastline and a climate favorable for practicing nautical sports, Spain has become an ideal country for these fans, with huge potential for future growth, as the ratio boat /capita is lower than that of other European countries.



INSULEUR prepares the launch of its new project Innonautics

Several members of INSULEUR are preparing for launching next year InnoNautics, a website that will gather the offer of all companies operating within the nautical sector in the Mediterranean with the aim of boosting this relevant industry for the EU islands. Initially, this portal will be launched including only the offer of some islands of Spain, Italy, Greece and France, although the goal is to expand as of 2012 to the other islands within the European Union. The project, promoted by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union (INSULEUR) and funded with nearly a million euros from EU MED Program, intends to promote innovation amongst the SMEs of nautical sector, as well as to develop nautical tourism towards EU islands. The project also plans the implementation of four pilot projects in the areas of water sports (promoted by the Chamber of Mallorca), historical and natural routes (sponsored by the Association of Greek Chambers EOAEN), training in the sector (promoted by Chamber of Sassari – Sardinia) and other services (sponsored by the Chamber of Oristano).