Our CEO, Nick Gelevert, on the panel of the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023

Nick Gelevert Lengers, CEO and Founder of Boatsters Black, was part of the second-day panel focused on "how to get more people to buy and charter yachts"



The Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023

The Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023, held on the 22nd and 23rd of November at the prestigious Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, unfolded with enthusiasm and insights into the flourishing world of luxury yachting. Under the patronage of P&O Marinas, this two-day event aimed to position the Gulf as the premier winter superyacht destination.

Gulf Superyacht Report Highlights:

Kicking off the summit was a comprehensive overview of the Gulf Superyacht Report by Merijn de Waard, Founder & Director of SuperYacht Times. The report, spanning 2017 to 2023, revealed a remarkable surge in superyacht presence in the Gulf, with 226 yachts recorded during this period.

An intriguing finding from the report was the doubling of yachts transmitting AIS signals in the Gulf since 2017, indicating a growing interest in the region. With 66 yachts transmitting in 2017 and 129 in 2022, projections hint at a potential influx of 175 yachts by 2024.

Boatsters Black at the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023 Boatsters Black at the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023

Nick Gelevert Lengers' Insights

Nick Gelevert Lengers, CEO and Founder of Boatsters Black, was part of the second-day panel moderated by SuperYacht Times’ Head of Intelligence Ralph Dazert. Focusing on “how to get more people to buy and charter yachts,” Gelevert shared valuable insights alongside industry leaders like Jonathan Hind, Jonny Dodge, and Giovanni Alessi Anghini.

Charting the Course for Yacht Charter Dynamics in the GCC:

Gelevert highlighted the unique features of Gulf locations, particularly Dubai and Abu Dhabi, suggesting a potential transformation in the yacht charter dynamic akin to the vibrant Balearic area. He emphasized the need for improved connections between land and sea activities, envisioning a more integrated and engaging client experience.

Addressing Challenges for a Seamless Experience:

Gelevert also pointed out persistent challenges, including the lack of essential facilities for crew and limited catering services for boats at anchorages. Stressing the importance of addressing these issues, he underlined their impact on the overall experience and urged the industry to adapt to the evolving desires of clients seeking memorable experiences within a limited timeframe.

Photo: Nick Smits / SuperYacht Times

Nick Gelevert at the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023 Nick Gelevert at the Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023

As Boatsters Black expresses gratitude for the invitation to participate in this insightful summit, the industry eagerly anticipates returning next year with hopes for substantial growth in the superyacht sector in the dynamic landscape of the Middle East. The Gulf Superyacht Summit 2023 has undoubtedly set the course for exciting developments in the luxury yachting industry, promising a bright and prosperous future in the Gulf region.

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