The Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoğlu issued a written statement regarding plans to construct a new marina in Gazimağusa.
Minister Ataoğlu said the new marina will have positive outcomes for the TRNC in the international platform.
Stating that there was a significant rise in the number of yachts in the Mediterranean reaching a million, he said new investment areas in France, Spain and Italy which currently hold 75% of the marina capacity in the region was limited.
He said that rise in pollution, overcrowding and prices in the Western Mediterranean made North Cyprus and other regional countries attractive.
Stating that it was very important and a must to create new well built marinas to meet rising demand and to operate them on a build-operate-transfer model, Ataoğlu said Gazimağusa will open a door to the world with the new marina.
Noting that many exclusive yachts could be coming to dock at the new Gazimağusa marina, he said thanks to the new marina these exclusive yachts could be also visiting during the winter or off season months.
Stating that the project was designed as a social cultural complex by giving particular importance to the needs of people of Gazimağusa and the country, he said instead of the yacht accommodation areas, a customs office as well as social spaces such as cafes, restaurants and a car park will be included in the project.