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Yacht charter market report
Yacht charter market report

Yacht charter market report

19 February 2022
The luxury yacht charter market has experienced remarkable growth and transformation in recent years, captivating the attention of affluent travelers seeking extraordinary maritime adventures.


Backed by statistical data, facts, trends, and analysis from reputable sources such as Grand View Research, this introduction delves into the dynamics of the luxury yacht charter market, providing insights into its expansion, evolving trends, and projected future prospects.


According to a comprehensive report by Grand View Research, the global luxury yacht charter market was valued at approximately $7.9 billion in 2020. The report forecasts that the market will continue to flourish, reaching an estimated value of $10.2 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2% during the forecast period. These figures underline the significant and sustained demand for luxury yacht charters, reflecting the growing preference for opulent and exclusive maritime experiences among affluent individuals worldwide.

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Key trend

One key trend driving the growth of the luxury yacht charter market is the increasing demand for personalized and experiential travel.

Modern-day travelers are seeking unique and unforgettable adventures, and luxury yacht charters offer precisely that. The freedom to explore secluded anchorages, remote coastlines, and pristine islands inaccessible to larger cruise ships or traditional accommodations has captivated the imagination of discerning travelers.

With the ability to customize itineraries, guests can embark on tailor-made journeys that cater to their specific preferences and desires.

The report by Grand View Research highlights the rising demand for luxury yacht charters among high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs).

As the global population of billionaires and millionaires continues to grow, there is an increasing appetite for lavish experiences. Luxury yacht charters provide an unmatched level of privacy, exclusivity, and personalized service, offering amenities such as private chefs, dedicated crew, spa facilities, water toys, and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. These features ensure an unparalleled level of comfort and indulgence for discerning guests.

As yacht charter professionals we have also noticed the following trends:

  • Design improvement: beach club concept with maxi bathing platform with sunbeds and table, folding balcony in main saloon and master cabin to allow plenty of natural light in the interior.
  • Comfort: more and more clients are willing to pay more to rent a motor yacht with the latest stabilisation system.
  • Yacht type: the large sailing catamaran is a growing market segment, offering more space than a yacht of the same length.
  • Sustainable yachting An eco-friendly yacht is also a growing trend. As fuel prices rise, customers are looking for mid-size yachts with lower fuel consumption and shorter cruising distances.
  • Regulation: regulating the chartering Industry is still very complicated: various VAT rates, charter licence, various charter contracts (MYBA, Transport, terms), new anchorage regulation…
  • Communication: yachts with internet access are mandatory in a world where people are increasingly connected.
  • Higher APA: Due to rising costs of goods and fuel, clients are requested to increase their APA payment (from 30% to 35% or 40% of the total charter fee). This covers provisions and running expenses during the charter.

New charter destinations

Grand View Research further highlights several key charter destinations that have gained popularity among luxury yacht charter enthusiasts.

The Mediterranean remains a perennial favorite, boasting stunning coastlines, rich cultural heritage, and picturesque islands. The Caribbean, with its turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and tropical allure, is another highly sought-after destination.

Additionally, emerging regions such as the South Pacific, Southeast Asia, and the Indian Ocean are captivating travelers with their unique cultural encounters and unspoiled natural beauty.

Costa Rica and Norway are among the new charter destinations.

A  recent article, published by Skift, also points out that super-yacht charters are shifting towards exotic destinations, offering (slightly) more affordable rates.

A  recent article, published by Skift, also points out that super-yacht charters are shifting towards exotic destinations, offering (slightly) more affordable rates.



In conclusion, the luxury yacht charter market is thriving, attracting affluent travelers seeking exclusive and unforgettable maritime experiences.

The statistical data, facts, trends, and insights presented in this introduction, sourced from reputable industry analysis by Grand View Research, provide a comprehensive overview of the market’s growth, evolving preferences, and popular destinations.

With a projected robust growth trajectory and a discerning clientele that values luxury, privacy, and personalized service, the luxury yacht charter market is set to continue its upward trajectory, offering unparalleled opulence and indulgence to those who seek the epitome of extraordinary maritime travel.

About the author: Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or

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