On Wednesday 23rd September, Ports Toulon Provence (PTP) officially launched their yachting cluster on the first day of the Monaco Yacht Show. At a press briefing organised on board a Drettmann yacht, and accompanied by Yachting Pages Media Group.
Yachts such as Eclipse have visited the area
Robert Cavanna, the president of PTP and Christopher Ackland who is in charge of developing the cluster at the press briefing at MYS
Robert Cavanna, the president of PTP and Christopher Ackland who is in charge of developing the cluster explained to Yachting Pages Media Group the port authority’s strategy for developing the sector in Toulon Bay and how the concept came about.
Christopher commented, “On 26th February 2015, the port authority invited all the organisations and people who represent yachting activities in Toulon Bay to a meeting to present the concept of Ports Toulon Provence Yachting. Over the next several months 20 members agreed to further meetings to establish an executive committee, with François Carpente from Monaco Marine, Jean-Christophe Lenoir from Other Angle Yachting Services, Denis Pellegrino, from IMS, Muriel Di Martino from Yacht Port Toulon and Antoine Hutter from Nautiplus, to decide upon the themes of their workgroups.”
Since this initial date in February 2015 the cluster has been operational and has united around 50 local companies from the sector who have been working in one of three different workgroups created by the executive committee: port equipment, yacht and crew needs, and communication-simplification.
Christopher went on to say to Yachting Pages, “We want to be the benchmark destination for yacht refit, maintenance and repair.”
Toulon is the ninth largest urban community in France, on the Provencal coastline, and Toulon Bay is known as one of the most beautiful in Europe, naturally sheltered from the winds and situated close to some of the major yachting destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. Over this area PTP manage 18 different ports, 30km of coastline and over 6,000 berths.
Michael Henson, website and digital marketing executive for Yachting Pages, said, “PTP’s ambition to develop yachting activities in this area with its three core missions: the promotion of Toulon Bay, the sharing of experience, and the development of services, is bold and will make a huge difference to the yachting community; it is an innovative move that should be applauded.”
For more information, visit Port Toulon Provence Yachting