We were extremely happy to receive a lot of excellent reviews from the Charter Meetup Athens 2018 participants. In just two years Charter Meetup Athens managed to gather the most important people in the yacht charter industry to discuss and promote sailing in Greece.
The Charter Meetup Athens project was founded on the initiative of Greek fleet operators willing to cooperate with the ICE team on creating the educational component for international charter brokers. Despite the fact that Greece was already known as the top sailing destination worldwide, Greek fleet operators needed to provide international charter brokers with more information about sailing in Greece to make their country a sailing heaven on Earth.
This is why in 2017, ICE introduced a new networking model in the yacht charter launching the very first Charter Meetup in Athens. Fleet operators from Greece got to present their companies and local sailing areas to international charter brokers. Twenty brokers met 20 fleet operators for a B2B weekend in Athens. Not only did the brokers benefit from the networking with Greek charters and learning about the Greek sailing areas, they also found the concept of marina visits, where they could explore each ship individually, extremely useful.
Inspired by the successful event premiere, ICE team had set a goal for 2018 to host 5 additional fleet operators to join the Charter Meetup. And we scored!
We were thrilled to have 25 Greek fleet operators sign up for a chance to present themselves and their fleets to international charter brokers and to educate themselves on Greek sailing areas with the Google Earth close up guided tour on how to make perfect sailing vacations in Greece. On the B2B meetings everyone had opportunity to speak directly on business matter with everyone through “speed dating” slots of 10 minutes. During the next day, 45 broker agents went on a local charter bases tour, first to Agios Kosmas marina, then to Alimos Kalamaki marina. There agents had the luck to be a part of the Yachting festival Athens (which was luckily held at the same time). Finaly, our last stop was Lavrion marina where all the participants had chance to have fun at the Poseidon Elixir party.
After having such a great time second year in a row while also meeting our goals, in 2019 we expect 30 Greek fleet operators to meet 30 charter brokers. Charter Meetup once again proved its incredible value in evolving the Greek yacht charter industry and as well for charter brokers to get acquainted with everything there is to know about sailing in Greece.
The Charter Meetup gave us, Fleet Operators, the chance to present our business first hand to our partners. We had the opportunity to meet new agencies, review and strengthen existing relationships and forge successful partnerships. Furthermore, the exchange of ideas between all stakeholders of the business has helped us in identifying strengths and weaknesses of our own business and improving those.
We had a great time for second year at ICE Charter meetup. A very well organised event as previous year and definitely the B2B event every yacht operator must attend ! Short meetings to the point which boosts up our business and give the opportunity to meet face to face with brokers, and of course introduce ourselves and our work.
Charter Meetup was very well organized and the ICE team was very friendly and helpful with all of us. Ten minutes for B2B was enough to share the basic information, because we had the coffee breaks for more details.
It’s very well organized. We like this speed dating part where you have 10 minutes for meeting your business partners. Greece market is changing a little bit, smaller family companies are getting more visible in the booking systems and we are here to get in touch with them in person.
It’s my first time in Greece and I really enjoyed this Meetup with a lot of networking. I definitely decided to come again next year and would recommend this event to my partners and colleagues.
On behalf of Isalos Yachting, I would like to thank you and congratulate you for your initiative to organize such a great event in Athens! It is always a pleasure to meet old and new friends and partners in the yachting industry. Charter Meetup has contributed a great deal in our company’s further expansion and in building strong business relationships. We look forward to the next event!
We are very enthusiastic to be here. The presentation of the Greek sailing areas was really good for us, we understood a lot about the Greek market, this that we didn’t know before.
I had a opportunity to meet a lot of fleet operators from Greece that we are actually cooperating with for more than 3, 4, 5 years, but as well to meet new fleet operators. I am very satisfied with this event.
I would love to sign up for the next year. This event is most efficient and time effective way to make new connections and contacts.
This event is really good and really helpful, I have met a lot of good people and acquired a lot of new information. Organisation is really well and organisators take care about us. I will come back certainly.
The Charter Meetup was an amazing experience, it gave us the opportunity to present our company and help us expand our range with more agencies and new clients.
It’s my second time here and I found it very useful to be here and to get acquainted with the owners and managers of yacht charter companies.
I always feel that these meeting are so valuable because you get to know the peoples lives and you hear all the news. Looking forward to this season!
A really good opportunity to meet new & old partners. It was our first time and we where more than satisfied with the meetings & results!
Keep up the good work!