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Six bidders express interest in new Greek marina concession

Greece: Launch of concession bid for the Kalamaria marina in Thessaloniki and new marina also opened at Benitses in Corfu.

New marine development continues apace in Greece with a new facility opened at Benitses in Corfu, while there’s been a further move in the country’s privatization of marinas and tourist ports

Six business groups – Aktor Concessions SA, Avax SA, Emma Alpha Holding LTD, Porto Carras Marina SA, Technical Olympic SA, and Tekal SA – have submitted expressions of interest to acquire the concession which will run for at least 35 years. The marina has 380 berths for yachts up to 50m (164ft) and an upland area of 7,000m2.

The tender process includes the concession of port operation services – both berthing and other services – plus the right to use, operate, manage and exploit the movable and/or fixed assets within the upland area and/or the sea area of the marina during the concession period.

New Corfu marina

The new Corfu island-located marina at Benitses was opened earlier this month by the Greek Tourism Minister, Harry Theoharis. The new facility offers 86 berths for yachts plus 10 berths for commercial fishing boats.

According to the GTP travel site, Theoharis mentioned the added value that would be created by the project and the contribution it will give to increasing tourism to Corfu and the Ionian islands. The minister also stressed the utmost importance that all parties involved in the infrastructure for the project cooperating so that Greece could gain a competitive edge in attracting tourists to the country.

Theoharis added, according to the GTP report: “Besides the infrastructure, it was vital Covid measures are adhered to, safety protocols are implemented and vaccinations proceed for a better quantitative tourism season compared to last year. The goal of upgrade works, including the marina in Benitses, was to create added value, something which is happening right now in 11 regions countrywide”.

The new marina is an extension to the Benitses fishing port area and it is a development that has taken some 20 years to complete.

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