Today’s Zaman - The southern Aegean town of Didim has finally been elevated to the ranks of a serious player in Turkey's tourism sector, ready to compete with its bigger neighbors such as Bodrum and Fethiye.
Having always been a favorite destination for British vacationers and homebuyers, Didim has recently hosted the official opening ceremony of its brand-new “D-Marin” marina, which is seen as a huge boost in the general infrastructural development of this resort. Constructed by the Dogus Group’s D-Marin at an investment cost of USD 75 million, the marina will host yachtsmen from all over Europe. It has a combined mooring and dry-dock capacity of 1,050 berths.
The director of Dogus Group’s management board, Ferit Sahenk, expressed his delight and stated that “a dream has come true.” He focused in particular on the 650 new jobs that will be created both within and outside the new marina - which is exactly what Didim needs.
During a press briefing, it was made clear that Dogus Group is willing to invest in Turkey in the first place and then will consider foreign markets.
The Turkish Ministry of Transport and Communications said that, while Turkey at present has 45 marinas with a combined capacity of 14,000 berths, developments similar to the one in Didim are in the pipeline to increase this capacity to 25,500 berths. The Turkish government is planning to invest some USD 750 million in near future to build 22 new marinas. The ultimate aim is to double Turkey's share in Mediterranean yacht tourism from the current level of five percent to ten percent.