Crowds of people in Nafplio, southern Greece, turned out to the city’s port to admire the floating palaces on parade at the opening ceremony of the inaugral Mediterranean Yacht Show, launched Sunday by Greece’s Minister of Shipping Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.
In his speech, the Minister of Shipping said the Greek government has set specific targets to overcome the crisis, including the growth of the marine tourism.
The ceremony was attended by various national and local officials, and was followed by a classical music concert and a reception at Palamidi fortress, with its spectacular view to the port.
The exhibition showcases more than 60 yachts, the largest 60 meters long with a capacity of 12 passengers. The yacht Aqua was rented by the Princess of Morocco Lala Salma for her journey around Greece, while Alexandra and Dragon were rented two years ago by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in which to tour the Aegean and Ionian seas.
The exhibition is mainly aimed at foreign professionals, and was attended by the world’s top luxury yacht agencies.