In November, the Croatian government voted on a fiscal consolidation package to reduce the country’s deficit. One of the measures included an increased intermediate Value Added Tax (VAT, or PDV, as it is called in Croatia) rate from 10% to 13%.
Travelers organizing a yacht charter vacation in Croatia need to be aware of this increase, as the costs will certainly be passed along by the yacht owner to the charterer.
According to Jana Sheeder, a luxury yacht charter industry expert, other increases should be expected as well. “In each of the past three summer seasons, we have seen an increase in interest in Dalmatian yacht charter adventures in Croatia,” says Sheeder. “We are advising our clients to budget not only for the increase in VAT, but also for the higher excise taxes on fuel that were approved in November. In short, the cost to enjoy both a Croatia bareboat rental or a fully crewed yacht vacation will cost about 5% more in the summer of 2014.”
Trips to the Dalmatian Islands in Croatia now challenge locations in Italy and France as the most popular Mediterranean yacht charter destination. Wild and mostly uninhabited, many of the islands are environmentally protected as national parklands and offer a varied and diverse cruising ground for sail boat charters.
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The idea of enjoying a Caribbean yacht charter in St. Lucia just got a whole lot easier, as United Airlines adds the tiny island nation to its network of flights to the Caribbean from the United States.
The air carrier’s inaugural flight flew on July 11th, 2015, from Newark, New Jersey’s Liberty Airport, to St. Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) on Saturday. United will offer one flight a week on Saturdays, from Newark to St. Lucia, on a 154-seat Boeing 737-800 jet.
Jana Sheeder, President of 1-800 Yacht Charterswelcomed the news. “In looking at United’s domestic schedule, it appears customers will be able to connect to Newark from 22 cities in the U.S., including Chicago, Boston and Washington,” says Sheeder. “This is great news for our clients seeking a private yacht charter in the Windward Islands of the Caribbean, as the biggest challenge for years has been the scarcity of flights.”
In the past, it was necessary to connect in Puerto Rico or St Martin and take regional flights to get to destinations such as St Lucia and St Vincent.
Long a popular stop for the cruise ship industry, the addition of direct flights will make it easier for North Americans to experience the beauty of St Lucia from the deck of a private yacht. Charter clients will be treated to the views of the spectacular twin mountains known as the Pitons. The island is also known for its uncrowded volcanic beaches, quaint fishing villages, reef-diving sites, and lush rainforests and waterfalls.
Sheeder believes eco-friendly yacht charter options are the best way to enjoy St. Lucia. “With constant trade winds, a quiet, but spirited vacation on sailboat is the ideal way to enjoy a St. Lucia yacht charter experience.” Sheeder recommends the affordability and comfort of a catamaran, with room for the whole family. “There are great, affordable, family-oriented yachts, with crews adept at entertaining children of all ages, with exciting games and watersports,” claims Sheeder.
Some of the crewed catamaran yacht charter vessels recommended by Sheeder include Sunreef 62 sail yacht CATSY, Lagoon 620 sail boat catamaran CROCODILE DADDY, and the speedy Gunboat 66 sail catamaran TIGER LILY.
Flight availability for your private luxury yacht charter vacation is just that much more convenient with more commercial airlines offering availability to the area.