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D-Marin Marinas Group
Doğuş Group believes marina operations is an area with a very high growth potential in Turkey and the region. Maritime Tourism has made a major stride in the second half of the twentieth century in developed coastal states and the Mediterranean in particular. All countries expecting revenue from yacht tourism have initially made investments in marinas. The human and yacht traffic that was generated led to the development of a society geared towards tourism.
While the economic and social developments in our age have enabled increasing numbers of people to travel; a shortening of the working week, extension of holidays as well as an increase in welfare and a rising interest in yachting have led the Doğuş Group to develop marinas that would cater not only to yachts but to establish integrated tourism facilities catering to yachters and their associates. As yacht owners are increasingly on the move and do not stay moored in their own marinas, travelling yachters have been seeking marinas that would at a minimum meet their basic contemporary needs. This is yet another factor that has prompted the Doğuş Group to accelerate its investments in this area. Along with an increase in yacht sales throughout the world, the increasing useful lives of yachts made from materials such as fiber glass and aluminium underscores the rising need for a greater number of mooring places for yachts.
As a result of these developments, Doğuş Group has emphasized marina investments to reflect the sharp rise in demand for mooring places. While undertaking marine investments, Doğuş Group has taken into consideration regional characteristics as well as the tendencies of all yachters. The group maintains industry standards in its marinas and takes meticulous care to meet modern requirements through its systematic service units.
The Group constantly develops its professional service approach in its marinas as well as the maintenance and repair services offered at its on shore facilities. Our marinas are no longer a mere passage area or a boat mooring area for yachts, but new living areas as social and active spaces serving communities with a large potential. Our marinas are therefore facilities with a whole range of social activities including shopping centers, restaurants and cafe-bars, cinemas and sports centers integrated with the urban settlements. This development increases the demand for our marinas since our marinas provide fully equipped technical and social infrastructure to the yachting community.
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D-Marin has the largest international chain of marinas in the Eastern Mediterranean Basin and Adriatic Sea
D-Marin Marinas Group started its operations in 2003 in Turkey with its first marina, D-Marin Turgutreis. In 2009, D-Marin Didim commenced operations as the second marina in the network, and furthermore, in 2010 D-Marin Göcek joined to the D-Marin Marinas Group. The start of construction of the fourth marina in Dalaman-Turkey is among the plans for 2013.
In 2009, D-Marin expanded outside of Turkey and entered Croatia through the now renowned D-Marin Mandalina located in Sibenik, Croatia. In April 2012, D-Marin Dalmacija, which is the largest marina in Croatia, and D-Marin Borik joined D-Marin. D-Marin Marinas Group expanded its investments in Croatia by acquiring 6.92% of the Croatian Adriatic Croatia International (ACI) Group in December 2012, which is the largest chain of marinas in the Mediterranean with a total of 21 marinas.
D-Marin Marinas Group continues to invest in other international markets. In December 2012, establishing a 50%-50% partnership with Lamda Development SA, listed on the Athens Stock Exchange, which results in control of the Flisvos Marina, D-Marin added an upscale, world class marina to its portfolio offering exclusive services to superyachts. In January 2013, D-Marin entered into a second strategic partnership with Kiriacoulis Mediterranean Cruises Shipping SA, also listed on the Athens Stock Exchange. D-Marin Marinas Group added the Gouvia, Lefkas and Zea marinas to its portfolio, increasing its total capacity in the three countries to appr. 9,000 berths.
D-Marin Marinas Group is actively growing its European network through strategic acquisitions and management partnerships while focusing on prestigious marinas in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic regions in order to establish a market leader marina network.