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UK-based yacht charter expert Sophia Tutino Yachting has unveiled that the number of private yacht charter enquiries has increased dramatically following the outbreak of coronavirus across Asia, Europe and America.
The virus, otherwise known as COVID-19, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan and has since spread across the globe.
With the risks posed by the virus – particularly to the elderly and those with underlying health conditions – there has been a shift in holiday habits in the first two months of 2020, with many people showing an interest in the safety and seclusion of private yacht charters ahead of traditional resort holidays.
Sophia Tutino Yachting has reported a sharp rise in the number of enquiries for superyacht charters this year.
Sophia Tutino, managing director, commented, “Coronavirus can be caught by anyone, regardless of age and background, so the rich are taking it very seriously as they go about their daily lives. There has been a noticeable movement towards the idea of chartering a superyacht, both because it provides an unforgettable experience, but also because it drastically decreases the likelihood of catching the virus.
“Yacht chartering provides the perfect opportunity for a secluded getaway, and with many people looking to avoid public spaces, there isn’t a more relaxing and tranquil way to traverse the world than aboard a yacht or superyacht.”
As an additional health and safety measure, Sophia Tutino Yachting ensures up-to-date World Health Organisation (WHO), Professional Yachting Association (PYA) and International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) coronavirus guidelines are adhered to at all times aboard all charters. Crews are screened prior to the start of each charter and stringent top-to-bottom cleaning takes place on a regular basis to reduce the risk of infection.
Tutino noted, “Yacht crews can be screened before hopping aboard any chartered yacht through Sophia Tutino Yachting, which offers our guests complete peace of mind right from the start of their holiday. The chances of catching coronavirus aboard a superyacht chartered through Sophia Tutino Yachting is much less than when staying at a busy hotel, no matter how many stars they have achieved, which is why so many people are choosing to enquire in recent weeks.”
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