So you were considering to enjoy the Amalfi coast this summer ? Or maybe the Aeolian islands or the north of the Italian coast but you are scared of the current Corona Virus emergency.
Well however you were planning to go to Italy there sure is a safer way to enjoy the country with a much lower risk of being exposed to the virus and that is: Sailing.
Indeed, what most medical authorities are trying to avoid is to have large groups of people cramped in crowded places, and guess what on the Amalfi coast in the summer any beach is pretty much like that. Unless, you are not coming from land but you are enjoying the coastline from a the comfort and privacy of a yacht.
Big or small yachting will provide the clean air and enough distance for people to be enjoying their holidays even in the most crowded months without ever needing to be going through crowded places. If you are coming from the UK you can very well drive your own car and get on a charter yacht anywhere you like well avoiding airports and train stations.
The Global Yacht charter Market is expected to grow of 5.8% [CAGR] over the forecast period of 2017-2024. We would not be surprised to see the yacht charter market numbers for this upcoming season to double up to 12% for most of the mediterranean. [If you are interested in the topic also read “Is Investing in Yacht Charter profitable?“]
But let us see a map of Italy and maybe choose destinations and onboarding location that are less affected by the COVID-19 (corona virus).
Areas that are safer are more towards the south of Italy as you can see from the map below
The one below is a map published by the NY times about the risk levels.
In 2018 the the Mediterranean region represented the biggest portion of around 41 % of yacht charter requests let’s see what if this virus will really impact this figures.