Restaurant on Kapi Koyu, a handful of yachts on the jetty in front of it. It's busy, but by no means full
Charter companies and many others who have made a good living from yacht tourists in the past, especially the operators of restaurants or souvenir shops, still have little reason to be happy. On the contrary: The uncertain political conditions in the country are preventing German sailors from sailing their vacation trip along the Turkish coast this season as well.
Many providers have long since reduced their charter fleets or even relocated them completely to other areas. Those who stayed are hoping for customers from other countries. In particular, sailors from Eastern European countries do not seem to be deterred by attacks and human rights violations from traveling to Turkey anyway. However, they cannot compensate for the loss of earnings, as German sailors have always been the strongest sales drivers for the charter industry on the Bosporus.
However, the first signs of recovery have recently been heard. Does that mean that you can go carefree sailing again in Turkey? We looked around on site and talked to charter companies, restaurant owners and crews on a sailing tour in the Gulf of Fethiye about how they assess the situation.