The program means guests can fly to the yacht’s location on a private jet, go through customs, travel straight to its location and board without coming into contact with anyone unless absolutely necessary. The system will reduce the risk of catching the virus to an absolute minimum and offer families peace of mind in these uncertain times.
M/Y Africa pictured in Croatia
IYC has recently proved the system works with the successful completion of a charter from Croatia. Guests safely boarded M/Y Africa following a private flight into Split and enjoyed a cruise around the Adriatic. IYC will soon do the same for different guests in the Bahamas, which reopens its doors on June 15.
Other destinations include the US Virgin Islands, Greece, Alaska, and from July 1, St Barths. All destinations have been relatively unscathed in terms of Covid-19 infections, but are acutely aware of the impact a lack of tourism will have on the economy.
Both companies have committed to a long-term partnership that will likely extend well beyond the Covid-19 crisis. There are already plans to launch quarterly promotions, experiences packages and access to exclusive events well into 2021.
Yacht chartering has already become the hot topic of 2020 with companies such as Northrop & Johnson reporting a surge of inquiries from first-time customers. VistaJet has also recently launched its own closed-loop travel service, offering to safely transport guests from one its jets to a yacht in Malta.
Yacht chartering is proving a popular option for HNWIs this summer